The “one-click missions” are missions created automatically by the system from a set of parameters introduced by the user. So far, Veronte Pipe includes the following mission wizards:

  • Photogrammetry
  • Capsule dropping

 

Photogrammetry

This tool permits to draw a polygon on the map and configure camera parameters in order to automatically generate a mapping mission. Photogrammetry can be set from the mission tab by clicking on the Mapping icon and selecting the photogrammetry from the list.

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Photogrammetry Mission selection

 

First of all, the user must draw the polygon which indicates the zone the drone will cover with its flight (1).When the polygon is complete, the algorithm starts calculating the route and creating the mission (2).

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Photogrammetry Mission Creation

The routes can be modified by changing the parameters in the menu which shows up when a waypoint of the mapping mission is clicked. The following parameters can be set:

  • Camera: Camera type can be configured in the camera menu and switched from this list.
  • Turn Radius: The radius of the route turns. Depending on this value and the distance between passes, there are three options for this part of the route (the radius has to be established according to the minimum recheable by the platform):
    • If the radius is 0, there are not curves between passes, but straight lines. This option is used for multicopters, which are able tor perform that kind of path.

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  • If the radius is smaller than half the distance between passes (R<d/2), the curve created is a semicircle having as diameter exactly that distance.

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  • If the radius is bigger than half the distance between phases (R>d/2), the path between the straight lines is made up of two curves and a line.

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  • Overlap: It is the desired overlap of the photos in the route direction. Its effect will be evident in the photos period changes.
  • Sidelap: The desired photos overlap in the different passes. Increasing this value will reduce the distance between the passes.
  • Altitude: It is the waypoints altitude in AGL.
  • GSD: The Ground Sampling Distance in photogrammetry is the distance between two consecutive pixel centres measured on the ground.
  • In addition, the Main Direction of the mission can be edited (for example, to avoid excessive wind exposition). In the mission creation, at the centre of the created polygon, an orientable white arrow is present. When the arrow is turned, the mission will turn its main direction consequently.

 

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Photogrammetry Menu

When the mission is defined, the following menu will show up allowing the user defining the Camera specifications or selecting it from the database included in Veronte Pipe by clicking on the magnifying glass icon.

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Camera and action creation menu

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Cameras Database

The five parameters that appear below the camera name are:

  • Width Sensor in millimetres.
  • Height Sensor in millimetres.
  • Width resolution in pixels.
  • Height resolution in pixels.
  • Focal length.

In the lower part of the menu, it is possible to define the action required when the algorithm will active it (in this case, taking the photo). The action has to be defined according to the hardware configuration on board and when the definition is complete, an automation is automatically created as showed in the two pictures below. In the action, the Period is calculated in according to the camera settings.

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Mapping Automation Event

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Mapping Automation Action

The configuration of the Photogrammetry mission is now complete. If the user wants to modify it, it can be done by changing the automation, the mission or the camera settings. The created camera can be found in the Devices panel as showed in the following figure.

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Camera Settings

The following figures represent the mapping configurable variables in Veronte Pipe:

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Overlap and Sidelap

 

Capsule Dropping

This tool can be used when the user wants to create automatically a mission which has the scope of periodically dropping the payload when the platform is following the route.

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Capsule dropping Mission selection

To do this it is necessary to open the Capsule Dropping tool from the Mission toolbar. The configuration of this kind of mission is exactly the same of the Photogrammetry but menu and automation are different.

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Capsule Dropping menu

The routes can be modified by changing the parameters in the menu which shows up when a waypoint of the mapping mission is clicked. The following parameters can be set:

  • Drop: The Dropping system can be configured in the tool menu and switched from this list.
  • Turn Radius: The radius of the route turns. In this case, the default configuration has the turn radius set to 0, but the effect of this parameter on the curve form is the same as in the case of photogrammetry mission.
  • AGL: It is the waypoints Above Ground Level altitude.
  • Distance: The distance between two parallel routes of the mission.
  • Period: The dropping period in [s].

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Dropping system and action creation menu

As in the photogrammetry case, when the mission is defined, the previous menu will show up allowing the user defining the Capsule Dropping mission actions. The automation is then created in the Automation panel as showed in the following images.

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Capsule Dropping Automation Event

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Capsule Dropping Automation Action

The configuration of the Capsule Dropping mission is now complete. If the user wants to modify it, it can be done by changing the automation, the mission or the dropping system settings. The created dropping device can be found in the Devices panel as showed in the following figure.

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Capsule Dropping device