In doing some research on ground stations, I came across FalconView
- an open source pc based mapping software.
"FalconView is a PC based Mapping Application developed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute for the Department of Defense.
The software is widely used by the US DoD and Allied countries, but historically it has not been available to the general public. Thanks to an initiative by the US Air Force, we have begun releasing a Free and Open Source version of FalconView."
Guys from AeroVironment integrated it into their ground station. I came accros all this by vatching a video about Puma uav - link to video
(it's in two parts, there is a comircial at the begineeing and middle of the video)
Actually on EngineringTV
you can find other informative videos about UAVs, robotics, and another engineering stuff.
Maybe in future
we'll integrate FalconView with ArduPilot GCS :)