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Real-world flight with five Pixhawk-equipped drones using UgCS DDC

Last week we revealed the newest addition to UgCS family of ground control software - UgCS Drone Dance Controller. UgCS DDC allows the simultaneous and synchronized control of up to dozens of drones. It can be used to create spectacular shows using drones. Together with that we published a video showing the operation of 20 drones with UgCS DDC where the drones were…


Added by Kristaps Brass on July 26, 2016 at 2:15am — 1 Comment

SPH Engineering unveils an addition to UgCS family – UgCS Drone Dance Controller

As the popularity and availability of drones increases so do the ideas for applications. One such application is the use of drones for entertainment shows. While flying a pack of drones with synchronized moves in the air is no easy task, it can produce a truly stunning view, especially if the drones are equipped with LED lights or other show elements.



Added by Kristaps Brass on July 19, 2016 at 3:07am — 4 Comments

Group flights of drones with RTK GPS and real-life precision of RTK receiver as main navigation aid

Lately we have been experimenting a lot with drones equipped with RTK GNSS receivers.

In our setup we used North Surveying RTKite receivers together with Pixhawk flight controllers.

This is a short video with fully automatic flight of 2 drones using RTK GPS. Initial distance between drones was 2 meters, vertical separation 2 meters:…


Added by Kristaps Brass on July 4, 2016 at 1:12am — 4 Comments

UgCS 2.9 Is Now Live

It’s been long in the making, but it’s finally here. UgCS has released a new version of its ground station software - UgCS 2.9 which features a ton of improvements and new features.

A feature often requested by the users - possibility of planning area scan missions by manually entering the altitude - is finally here. One of the biggest changes you'll notice…


Added by Kristaps Brass on June 20, 2016 at 6:05am — 7 Comments

Announcing Support for DJI Phantom 4 and Matrice 100 in UgCS

In 2015 DJI announced the DJI Matrice 100 – their version of a drone for developers and hardware enthusiasts. In early 2016 they released the new Phantom – DJI Phantom 4. Both of these drones feature intelligent maneuvering systems capable of seeing obstacles and are also capable of being equipped with state-of-the-art cameras.

We are pleased to announce…


Added by Kristaps Brass on June 13, 2016 at 6:31am — 1 Comment

MicroPilot support in UgCS

UgCS by SPH Engineering is now compatible with autopilots made by MicroPilot Inc., including helicopter and multirotor autopilots.


April 5, 2016 – SPH Engineering and MicroPilot Inc. are pleased to announce that the UgCS ground control station software is now compatible with MicroPilot’s line of helicopter and multirotor autopilots. Fixed wing…


Added by Kristaps Brass on April 5, 2016 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

Taking photos from windows of not-yet-existing buildings

After receiving an interesting request for drone usage from Japan, we decided to share it with you.

Oftentimes even before starting the construction of a building, the company needs to make the idea gain interest and acquire orders from potential customers. While the inside view of the apartments can be rendered in CAD, to illustrate the view from windows it…


Added by Kristaps Brass on March 28, 2016 at 2:30pm — 23 Comments

UgCS for 3D reconstruction of terrain and volume calculation

It's always rewarding to see our users using UgCS and being satisfied with the product we offer.

Our user Chani from Sweden shared this video with us of him using UgCS together with Pix4D to scan an area with DJI Naza-M V2. After the images taken during the flight were geotagged in UgCS, they were used to create a 3D model of the area in Pix4D and do…


Added by Kristaps Brass on March 24, 2016 at 8:05am — 2 Comments

UgCS 2.8.1 has been released!

We want to announce the release of UgCS 2.8.1 - an update to UgCS 2.8.

In the new version we have improved DJI vehicle detection algorithm as well as improved the DJI Datalink connectivity and stability. Hold & Continue commands have now been added to all DJI vehicles.

We have improved the performance of UgCS on Mac computers, Mac users…


Added by Kristaps Brass on March 23, 2016 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

UgCS - A Safe Platform For Unmanned Flights


It is well known that drones, along with other aircraft, possess a certain safety risk when operated. This…


Added by Kristaps Brass on February 22, 2016 at 6:08am — No Comments

UgCS 2.8 Is Now Live!

We're very excited to announce the release of UgCS 2.8.

Visually the first thing you will notice is that the new version features an improved user interface – you are now able to change the visual theme yourself. By default it now comes with a new…


Added by Kristaps Brass on February 9, 2016 at 6:11am — 4 Comments

UgCS as a viable alternative to DJI Ground Station

Worried about losing possibility of flight planning for DJI on PC? At the beginning of this year DJI will discontinue their PC mission planning software Ground Station due to Google discontinuing their Google Earth API. Along with that, there has been a recall of DJI 900 MHz radio links.


UgCS does not rely on Google Earth API, we have our own map engine…


Added by Kristaps Brass on January 28, 2016 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Providing ATC visibility of a DJI A2 drone using a BeagleBone and Sagetech XPS-TR transponder

The UgCS team has accomplished what we believe is a first – integrating a Mode S/ADS-B out transponder with a small drone, enabling radar visibility throughout the drone’s flight.  A BeagleBone Black computer with CAN bus shield was used to integrate a Sagetech XPS-TR, the world’s smallest transponder, with the A2’s flight controller.  The flight controller continuously…


Added by Kristaps Brass on January 18, 2016 at 6:22am — 10 Comments

Click & Go Mode in UgCS

One of the recently implemented features of UgCS is the Click and Go mode. This makes flying drones with waypoints more intuitive and easier than ever. All you need to do is click on the map, place a point and the drone will automatically fly to it without the need to calculate and upload the route. For DJI drones this works even if the drone is on the ground.…


Added by Kristaps Brass on January 6, 2016 at 3:40pm — 5 Comments

UgCS Image Geotagging and Map Overlays

UgCS has two very important features when it comes to mapping. The first is that UgCS supports geotagging. This means that UgCS is able to sync the telemetry data from a flight to pictures taken during the fligh

This information can then be used in software such as Pix4D to stitch the pictures together to create a map overlay. This map overlay can then be…


Added by Kristaps Brass on December 16, 2015 at 5:11am — 2 Comments

UgCS 2.7 has just been released

We are glad to announce the release of UgCS 2.7. This version features many improvements and changes over the previous version. 

Mapping with UgCS is now easier than ever, the Area scan now a flag called “additional waypoints” which helps to reduce the number of generated waypoints. This is very useful for DJI autopilots in which the number of…


Added by Kristaps Brass on December 9, 2015 at 5:58am — 11 Comments

The Architecture of UgCS

UgCS As a Platform

Right from the beginning UgCS was designed not only as an out of the box ground station software for end users, but also as a platform for custom and integration projects.

By now a number of  different custom projects have been implemented using UgCS as the basis for them - integration…


Added by Kristaps Brass on December 7, 2015 at 7:11am — 3 Comments

DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 are now supported in UgCS!

We are glad to announce that DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 are now supported in UgCS desktop mission planning software. This works through our Android app UgCS for DJI available now on Google Play. The app connects to DJI Phantom 3 or Inspire 1 remote the same way DJI native app does. What is different is that, once your laptop and Android device are…


Added by Kristaps Brass on November 28, 2015 at 1:24am — 10 Comments

UgCS 2.6 release and desktop mission planning for DJI

We are proud to announce the release of a new major version of UgCS – 2.6.

The new version features many important improvements over previous versions. The main highlights are:

- You can now plan and execute missions in UgCS with DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 by using UgCS desktop version together with our Android app “UgCS for DJI” available on…


Added by Kristaps Brass on November 20, 2015 at 4:30am — 13 Comments

UgCS server API

We've been asked many times to offer an API for UgCS server to open integration with additional devices and systems such as antenna trackers, security systems and ATC.

Finally it's done and published.

You can find it here:…


Added by Kristaps Brass on September 16, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

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