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Path Mission

Guide on how to plan a path mission on FlytBase
During a Path mission, the aircraft will travel between waypoints, perform actions at those waypoints, and adjust speed and altitude between them. These physical locations are referred to as waypoints, and creating a series of them will program a flight route for the aircraft to follow. Waypoints can also be configured with actions that are executed when the aircraft reaches a specific waypoint.

Plan a Path Mission

  • Go to the Navigation Drawer and select the 'Missions' section under the Planning tab.
Navigating to 'Mission Planning' on FlytBase Dashboard
  • Click on
    icon to add mission.
Adding a 'Mission'
Path Mission

Creating a Path Mission

  • Under the 'Path mission' section, select '+ Create mission'.
Creating a Path Mission
  • Add a mission name.
Adding a mission name
  • Select the 'Site' you want the mission to be a part of. The following mission will only be available for drone operations to members within an organization who have access control of the site. Refer to the following documentation to know more:
Adding a 'Site' to a particular mission
You can add a mission to multiple 'Sites'.
  • Assign 'Tags' to your mission for better mission management.
Assigning 'Tags' to your Mission
To learn about mission management, please refer to the following documentation.
  • Left-click on the map to add a waypoint for the mission.
Adding Waypoints
Recenter the map to the location of the mission using the Recenter icon
and delete the mission using the delete icon
.
Operators can efficiently plan complex path missions with multiple waypoints using Smart Selection Tools.

Configure Mission Route and Waypoint Parameters

Mission Route Parameters
Waypoint Parameters

Configuring Mission Route Parameters

You can configure the following Path Mission route parameters on FlytBase:

1. Route Altitude

Define the default mission altitude to adjust the drone's altitude from take-off point to last. There are three types of route altitude parameters (Launch Altitude modes) that you can configure:
Route Altitude modes
  • Relative Take-off Point (RTL) Altitude is set relative to the ‘Reference Take-off Point' as marked on the map while planning a mission. Use RTL for missions that require altitude measurements in close proximity to a specific point.
Relative Take-off Point
  • Above Sea Level (ASL) Absolute altitude of the drone as represented in the EGM model. Use ASL for missions that require global altitude measurements, since the reference is set to the sea level.
Above Sea Level
  • Above Ground Level (AGL) Altitude is set in reference to the ground level. Use AGL for missions that require altitude measurements in close proximity to the ground.
Above Ground Level
Currently, only the RTL altitude can be set on the dashboard.
You can also set the Route Altitude/Flight Altitude by accessing General Settings. The route altitude set during mission planning will take precedence over the value specified for flight altitude in the General Settings.

2. Take-off Altitude

The drone achieves the Take-off altitude and then proceeds to the waypoint altitude or route altitude diagonally. Following are the different modes that you can select from:
Take-off Altitude modes
You can set the Take-off Altitude / Safe Altitude by going to the Drone Control tab in Settings. The safe take-off altitude you set during mission planning will take precedence over the Settings.
  • Default Take-off Altitude The drone will achieve the first waypoint's altitude and then approach the first waypoint.
Default Take-off Altitude
  • Safe Take-off Altitude The drone will achieve the 'Safe Take-off altitude’ and then diagonally proceed to the first waypoint.
Safe Take-off Altitude
Configuring Safe Take-off Altitude

3. Route Speed

Set a custom speed to approach the selected waypoint by deselecting the ‘follow route’ option and entering the value of your choice. Once the waypoint is achieved, the drone will go back to the route speed set earlier.
The option to select the 'follow route' speed comes while specifying waypoints. Refer to the following documentation to know more.
Route Speed

4. Route Waypoint Type

You can describe the movement of the drone across the waypoints by selecting the following path options:
Route Waypoint Type
  • Linear Route The drone takes a straight path and stops at each waypoint.
Linear Path
  • Transit before Waypoint The drone turns before each waypoint and flies through it.
Transit before waypoint
  • Curved path, stops at waypoint The drone takes a curved path and stops at each waypoint.
Curved path, stops at waypoint
  • Curved path, moves smoothly The drone follows a curved path and moves steadily at a constant speed without stopping at any waypoint.
Curved path, moves smoothly
  • Controlled radius Drone turns at the configured radius.
Controlled radius
The drone will only respond to waypoint actions on routes where it reaches the waypoint. These routes include linear, curved with stops, and curved with smooth movement.

5. Drone Yaw

You can choose between these different drone yaw modes while flying between mission waypoints.
Drone Yaw modes
  • Along Route - The drone heading will match the mission path after every waypoint. It will reset the yaw angle while leaving the waypoint to match that of the path.
Along Route
  • Lock Yaw Axis - The drone heading will be locked at the last position from the previous waypoint and will keep this angle every time flying towards the next waypoint.
Lock Yaw Axis

6. Gimbal / Payload Control

You can set between the following modes for gimbal pitch while flying between mission waypoints:
Gimbal Controls
  • Waypoint specific - The gimbal pitch can be set for every specific waypoint to approach the next waypoint. After performing all the waypoint actions, the drone will reset its gimbal to the specified angle.
Waypoint specific
  • Manual - The gimbal will retain its last position from the previous waypoint which you can change through manual intervention in this mode. (Using RC)
Manual Gimbal/ Payload Controls

7. Payload Settings:

You can preconfigure between the following modes of the camera to be used during a mission.
  • Zoom
  • Wide
  • IR Mode / Thermal Mode
Payload Settings
Refer to the following documentation, to learn more about payload controls.

8. Finish Action

Choose the finish action for the drone when it reaches the last waypoint of the mission. Here are the different finish actions you can configure:
Finish Action
  • Return to the docking station (RTDS) - The drone goes back to the docking station.
  • Exit Mission and Hover - The drone hovers at the last waypoint.
  • Go to First Waypoint and Hover - The drone moves to the first waypoint and starts hovering. To configure the Waypoint parameters, please refer to the following link.

Configuring Waypoint Parameters

Ensure that you add the waypoints to the map.
Efficiently plan the path mission using the following options:
Waypoint Features
  1. 1.
    Add Waypoint: To insert a new waypoint before the selected waypoint click on
    icon.
  2. 2.
    Recenter Waypoint: To recenter the map to the location of the waypoint use the Recenter icon
    .
  3. 3.
    Delete Waypoint: Click on
    icon right below the waypoint section to delete the selected waypoint.
  4. 4.
    Use route default: Tick the check box to set the waypoint speed, altitude, and waypoint type as the mission route.
  5. 5.
    Smart Selection Mode: Clicking on
    icon, enables Smart Selection Mode for selecting multiple waypoints and configuring their settings at once using either the Single click tool or the Sequential selection tool.
    • Single click: The operator can click
      button for selecting multiple waypoints on a random basis as per their requirement and customize waypoint actions, speed, altitude, and radius simultaneously at once.
      Smart Selection Mode: Single Click
    • Sequential selection: The operator can click
      button for selecting multiple waypoints in the sequence. To do so, the operator must first select an initial waypoint and a last waypoint. All the waypoints that fall in between the initial and last waypoint will then be selected in sequence. This feature enables the operator to customize multiple waypoints in a row at once, thus saving time and effort in the mission planning process.
Smart Selection: Sequential selection
When using the Smart Selection Mode to plan a mission, if an operator switches from the Single click tool to the Sequential selection tool, the next waypoint that is selected will be automatically set as the first waypoint in the sequence.
  1. 6.
    Copy previous waypoint settings: The operator can configure the settings of an individual waypoint and then enable copy previous waypoint settings by clicking on the
    icon. Once enabled, adding subsequent waypoints on the map will have the same waypoint settings as the previous one.

Configuring Waypoint Approach Settings

  • Waypoint Altitude: When configured for a particular waypoint, the drone will adjust to the waypoint altitude at the respective waypoint and will continue at the same altitude till the next waypoint. Please refer to the following link to learn about route altitude.
  • Waypoint Speed: When configured for a particular waypoint, the drone will adjust to the waypoint speed at the respective waypoint and will continue at the same speed till the next waypoint. Please refer to the following link to learn about route speed.
  • Waypoint Type: The drone travels through the waypoint according to the waypoint type set. Please refer to the following link to learn about route waypoint type.

Configuring Waypoint Actions

You can configure multiple waypoint actions for the drone. Please refer to the following actions that can be performed:
  1. 1.
    Drone
    • Hover - Set how long the drone will hover at the current waypoint.
    Hover
    • Drone Yaw - Used to set the yaw angle of the drone for the current waypoint.
Drone Yaw
  1. 2.
    Gimbal
    • Gimbal Yaw - Set the yaw angle for the gimbal to rotate during the mission.
    Gimbal Yaw
    • Gimbal Pitch - Set the pitch angle for the gimbal to rotate during the mission.
Gimbal Pitch
  1. 3.
    Camera
    • Capture Media - Configure how to capture images or start video recording and save your media files.
    Capture Media
    • Interval Shots - Capture images repeatedly after a fixed distance or time.
    Interval Shots
    • Camera Zoom - Used to set the camera zoom of the drone for the current waypoint.
    Camera Zoom
    • Stop recording - Define when to stop your video recording.
    • Stop Interval Shots - Define when to stop taking interval shots.

Waypoint actions will not be executed when:

  1. 1.
    The Route Waypoint type in Mission Route Parameters is set as 'Transit before waypoint' or 'Control Radius'.
  2. 2.
    Any Waypoint action set for the last waypoint.
If the operator has a Drone-in-a-Box setup, it is highly recommended that the operator set the Mission Finish Action as Return to Docking Station (RTDS).
  • Click on Save Mission to save the mission. The mission will then appear in the 'Missions' tab on the FlytBase dashboard.
Save Mission
  • To learn how to plan a Grid Mission, please refer to the following documentation.