The setup menu of Veronte Pipe is the section that contains the parameters to configure the system, which is formed by the autopilots (Air and Ground) and the software (Veronte Pipe).
In order to configure Veronte Pipe or any Veronte device, use the setup toolbar. Veronte Setup dialogue can be opened in the main menu clicking on and selecting “Setup” in the pull-down menu.
The different elements of the setup toolbar are detailed in the following table.
|Details||Displays configurable fields.|
|Open||Open Veronte configurations. Units connected to the PC will automatically be opened.|
|Load||Select Veronte configuration to edit.|
|Close||Close an opened Veronte configuration.|
|Discard||Discard all changes.|
|Save||Save all modified data.|
|Update||Update the onboard software of Veronte Autopilot|
|Import||Import a configuration from disk.|
|Export||Export configuration on Veronte to disk|
|X-Plane||Open X-Plane configuration. Refer to the HIL Simulator section ( 10.)|
|Tunnel UDP||Select configuration of tunnel UDP. User can select IP and Port to send data from Veronte Pipe.|
Setup Toolbar Elements
This menu contains the configuration options for the Veronte Autopilots (Air and Ground) and the software Veronte Pipe. There are two different setup menus depending on which option is selected in the item list that appears highlighted in the picture.
The previous image corresponds to the menu shown when an autopilot is configured (W200 or Ground, as shown in the previous image). When the option selected is Veronte Pipe, the configuration is the one of the software. Visit sections 3.3 , 3.4 and 3.5 to get more information about how to configure that options.
The different configurable options of the autopilot configuration are distributed in tabs inside the “Setup” menu. The following table contains all the sections of that menu.
|Veronte||Introduce Veronte information and aircraft layout.|
|Connections||Configure I/O connections on Veronte.|
|Devices||Configure any connected devices: servo, radio, camera…|
|Control||Introduce control variables or active adaptive control.|
|Navigation||Configure navigation parameters on the system.|
|Automation||Configure automatic actions on event detection (go home, turn on lights…).|
|Variables||Customize variable names and traffic: log, telemetry…|
|Panel||Configure Veronte Panel layout.|
|HIL||Configure parameters for Xplane Simulator|
The setup toolbar provides the option of importing and exporting files containing all the configuration options. When exporting a configuration, the file saved is a compression of a set of files with extension .bin, containing each one of them a part of the setup (mission, terrain information, servos, platform, communications and so on).
Exporting a Configuration File
The button shown in the figure will display a window to select the file destination and set the name. By default, the name of the file will be the autopilot name plus the current date, but it is fully customizable by the user.
Regarding the importing of a configuration file, Veronte Pipe provides two different tools: Load Configuration and Upload File.
The configuration file is loaded in the software (Veronte Pipe), but is not loaded on the autopilot until the Save button () is pressed, so the user can modify the configuration (in the “Setup” menu) and after that load it on the autopilot. The “Load Configuration” tool is then a way of changing a configuration prior to its loading on the desired autopilot, or just a system to check that all the parameters are correct before saving them on the autopilot.
Importing a configuration file – “Load Configuration” tool
The “Load Configuration” option displays a window (shown in the previous figure) used to select the .ver file to be uploaded. There are three options within this window to select a .ver file:
- Build from template: the software is fitted with a set of default configurations that can be used as starting point for the configuration process. There are three different platforms to choose from X8 (flying wing), Versati (multicopter) and Mentor (fixed wing).
- Select from computer: a window similar to the one used to export the .ver files appears to allow the user to select the location, and the file to be loaded.
- Select from library: it is possible to select a folder as a library that will contain a set configuration files so they can be located easily, so the loading process will be faster.
Following the instructions that appear on the figure, it is possible to select a folder of the computer as the configurations library.
The .ver files of the selected folder will appear on the window. Select one of them a press “Select from library” to load the configuration.
With this tool, the configuration file is loaded directly on the autopilot. Now Pipe is only a tool to load the file from the computer to the autopilot and the configuration parameters will not be shown in the software window before being loaded on the autopilot.
Once the file has been selected, a window will be displayed in Veronte Pipe showing the version, Part Number and identification of the configuration file and the autopilot where the file is going to be loaded.
The “Upload file” tool does not adapt the Part Number, so it can only be used when the .ver file and the autopilot have the same Part Number. When the configuration file has a different one the following message appears.
Different Part Number Error
If both have the same PN, the uploading is possible. Once the process starts, the user has an extra option before loading the file. With this tool is possible to charge only a part of the configuration, so the user can decide between loading that part or ignore it. The system splits the configuration between Setup, Trim (servos) and Calibration.
Uploading File Process
For each one of the parts, the user chooses between “Overwrite” or “No change”. One clicking in Accept, the uploading begins displaying a blue bar that indicates the progress.
It is possible to load a configuration when the autopilots are not connected. That configuration file can be changed and exported, and also is possible to overwrite that one importing a .ver file.
The button highlighted on the figure displays a list with the configurations of the autopilots that have been operated from the computer that has Veronte Pipe installed, for example, as shown in the figure a Ground autopilot has been connected to the PC, being this Ground autopilot linked to an Air one called W210. Once clicking on “+”, that configuration will appear on the list with the active autopilots included in the “Setup” toolbar, and from that point, the user can work with it as if the autopilot were physically connected.
Managing configuration files (.ver)
The .ver file contain the entire Veronte configuration and it means:
- Aircraft configuration (Sensors, Servos, Automations, Control, etc.)
- Mission (Terrain info, Waypoints, etc.)
The best way to manage .ver files is to keep a default version with the correct aircraft configuration which must contain no mission. In this way, it is possible to load the default config. when the user wants to create a new mission and, when it is complete, to save it with a different file name (normally the mission name or the mission site).
When the user wants to do the X mission is sufficient to load the X mission.ver file in the autopilot and the aircraft will be ready to perform the desired route.
Update Onboard Software
The different parameters to configure when updating the onboard software are detailed here:
- Device: select the type of device to be updated. For the autopilot select the option Veronte.
- System image: here is where the version to be updated is selected. When being connected to the internet, Veronte Pipe automatically selects the las version available, within the Pipe version, i.e using Pipe 2.12 the onboard version will be 2.12.X (with X the last option available). If the .update file is stored in the computer it can be uploaded by clicking on the folder icon.
- Setup: this option is used to decide which configuration will be loaded when the update process ends. There are different options: no change will keep the current configuration and the folder icon allows the selection of a .ver file from the computer.