In the last 4 years of being involved with UAVs I’ve always lacked a good ground station, one that’s practical and quick to deploy.
So I started drawing up a list of requirements. I had to draw the line somewhere, or the cost and weight would run away, so I ended up with a shortlist of key requirements that I need from a ground station. I had a look around and could not find a good fit – most of the pro systems are for non-APM auto pilots and they start at US$ 11 000 with very little standard features.
I decided to build my own and after 4 major revisions, I ended up with a prototype that’s been with us for more than a year, working reliably day in and day out, through dust and rain, extreme heat, cold and wet. It’s been a life saver with work and demonstrations and makes the tricky job of UAV operations that much simpler.
I highly recommend anyone in the business to take serious the setup of a practical ground station. For those who do not have the time or inclination to DIY (it does take a surprising amount of time to develop), we can offer “Field Ops”.
Also feel free to email us to discuss options or ask questions on how to DIY.