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UAV Navigation in Depth: Import KML/KMX files

Planning a UAV mission is a critical process where the flight plan is created in order to accomplish the purpose of the flight. At this phase, operators verify the expected surrounding air traffic, check NOTAMs, ask for authorizations of flight and, of course, edit the optimal flight paths to reach the desired destination to fulfill the mission.

At UAV Navigation, we work on developing and evolving our flight control system to provide our customers with advanced and easy-to-use tools. We listen to our client’s needs and investigate different methods that may help our users to configure their missions. For this reason, we integrate third-party computer programs with our GCS software, Visionair. This is the case with Google Earth. 

As we saw in previous blog posts, our ground control station software includes real-time 3D visualization of the mission in the Google software.

This time, searching for improvements during the planning stages, we have included the capability to import and export KML files in its advanced Flight Plan Editor. This way, flight plans may be created using third-party software, such as Google Earth, and load them in the ground control station software using KML software extensions.

KML is a file format used to show geographic data in web navigators such as Google Earth and Google Maps. These files are based on XML files that use tags with attributes and sub-elements. This easy and intuitive format makes its modification possible by the user.

This way, the user may create or modify the flight plan by using Google Earth or other GIS software and get a 3D visualization of the flight plan before importing it on Visionair. Thanks to it, the operator sees situational awareness improved when planning the mission. 

Once the flight plan is created, Visionair ground control station software includes a 'Load FP from file' button to load the different waypoints created.

UAV Navigation has a strong commitment to their customers' feedback and we develop our products to make them not only the most reliable and advanced in the market but also the most user friendly. Integrate different third parties software and tools with our system makes the planning stages much simpler.

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UAV Navigation is a privately-owned company that has specialized in the design of flight control solutions for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) since 2004. It is used by a variety of Tier 1 aerospace manufacturers in a wide range of UAV - also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or 'drones'. These include high-performance tactical unmanned planes, aerial targets, mini-UAVs and helicopters.