This section explains the management of configuration files. Veronte Pipe allows users to import, export or update a configuration file when using Veronte Units.

Side Panel Options

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.

The setup toolbar 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).

Import Configurations

When the autopilot is conected, in the side panel, click on  and then click Import. 

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 (using the Setup toolbar) or check the configuration and after that load it on the autopilot.

Importing a Configuration File

The Import 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.

 

Importing a Configuration File

Following the instructions that appear on the figure, it is possible to select a folder of the computer as the configurations library.

Importing a Configuration File

The .ver files of the selected folder will appear on the window. Select one of them and press “Select from library” to load the configuration.

 Info: for each one of the configurations of the library appears its Version. About the Version, it is only possible to load .ver files whose version is the same or lower than the one of the software embedded on the autopilot. The colours are a way to show the compatibility: Green means fully compatible, Yellow means migration/PN adaptation and Red means not compatible.

Once a configuration file is selected the following window will display on screen.

Importing a Configuration 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.

Note: Press Save, , to load the configuration on the autopilot. Otherwise, it will be only loaded on the system.

Export Configurations

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).

This tool allows users to save configuration files from the autopilot or offline configuration.

In the side panel, click on  and then click Export. A new window will be displayed 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.

Exporting a Configuration File

Offline Configurations

It is possible to load and modify 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.

Offline Configuration

The other features available working with a configuration file are Mission and Setup configuration. This configuration file can be upload to the Autopilot following the steps previously described.

Update Onboard Software

To display the Update dialogue select the option Update on the side menu. The window displayed is presented as follows:

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.

Safe Mode

When there is any problem with the connection or configurarion the following window is displayed.

 Safe Mode

It is possible to Change setup and select the configuration file which will be loaded on the autopilot. When a file is selected, a new window will be displayed in Veronte Pipe showing the version and identification of the configuration file and the autopilot where the file is going to be loaded.

 Upload Configuration – Safe Mode

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.

The other option available allow the user Update the Veronte Unit, this is explained in Update Onboard Software.