The mission can be configured using the Mission Menu. Firstly, Veronte Air has to be selected (it usually appears with the name of the UAV) because the Mission will be saved in the Air Autopilot, then using the graphical tool of this menu, the trajectory of the aircraft can be drawn, along with other elements to take into account during the mission such as polygons, obstacles or event markers.
The mission is drawn directly on the map with the different mission wizards detailed in section 1.8.3. The path created here will be directly linked to the “Cruise” guidance mode, so each time the aircraft is in a phase with cruise guidance, it will start to follow the track made in the mission menu.
Terrain Profile & Magfield
Mission Terrain Profile
The terrain profile menu contains the coordinates of the mesh with the altitude information. There are three different meshes:
- Coarse: big mesh with not much detail.
- Fine: smaller mesh than the coarse one, but with detailed information about the altitude at more points.
- Geoide: big mesh which provides the geoid height.
The meshes have fixed optimal start dimensions but they can be modified. Dimensions increasing means a lower zone definition so the tool must be changed if really necessary. The “Show” option displays the mesh on the screen, allowing the user to move them in order to locate them over the mission area.
If “Auto” is enabled the system will move automatically the meshes. In order to move them manually and save the updates is important to deselect the Auto tool. The system will display an error if there is not a configured mission on the map.
The “Margin” is the percentage at which the system will recalculate the mission if the route is displaced. In other words, if the mission is displaced of the 60% of the area (Coarse or Fine) and the margin is set at 0.8 (the value can be set in percentage by changing the measurement unit) the mission will be not recalculated. If the mission is 81% (or more) away from the previous one the system will recalculate the mission. A low value (or zero) of Margin means more precision of the terrain profile but the system will recalculate more times (or each time) when the mission is modified.
As a check tool, the four light blue rectangles represent the up-left and down-right points of the areas and their coordinates are displayed.