GCS Software

Visionair is UAV Navigation's (UAVN) standard Ground Control Station (GCS) software for planning and executing UAV missions. It is compatible with all UAVN autopilots (AP).
Basic Features:
  • Mission-oriented interface
  • Fully featured UAV mission planning and execution application, with GUI
  • Platform: PC/laptop (with keyboard + mouse)
  • Suitable for fixed-wing, helicopter or multi-rotor UAVs and targets
  • Main Flight Modes: Auto, Manual, Fly-To, Hold (Hover), Safe (Return To Base)
  • Fully Auto Take-Off
  • Fully Auto Landing
  • Camera Control Modes: Air, Ground, Geo, Pilot View, Stow, Rate (with integrated video display)
  • Waypoints: 100 max
  • Range: Unlimited
  • Altitude: Unlimited
  • Full DEM support
  • Target Editor
  • Fly/No-fly Zones
  • Full range of configurable alarms
Advanced Functions as Standard:
DGPS The standard GPS receiver in APs and GCS gives an accuracy of approx 3-5m, which can be enhanced by using DGPS corrections.
GPS RTK Visionair is compatible with RTK systems (e.g. Trimble BD920) to give navigation accuracy down to a couple of centimeters.
Transponder Control Visionair features a panel for configuration and control of an onboard transponder (currently supported: Sagetech and Microair)
Multi-UAV Operations Multi-UAV allows control of up to 16 UAVs at any one time from a single GCS.
TCP/UDP Server-Client Connectivity Connect two or more GCS, each running Visionair, to control a single UAV flight. Useful if the Visionair display needs to be mirrored remotely, and also if control must be passed from one GCS to another and back again as required.
NMEA GPS Output Visionair can output the GPS track of a platform's position in NMEA format (useful if the mission must be monitored by another party, e.g. range control can monitor the flight of a target drone).
Auto Grid Flight Plan Generation Visionair automatically generates the most efficient flight plan to cover a designated area. The user simply draws a polygon around the perimeter of the area, and then Visionair automatically generates the waypoints to cover the entire area. This is useful for Search & Rescue missions and for crop-spraying, amongst other tasks.
Under Development:
Sea-Skimming For high performance target drones, UAVN is developing a capability to maintain the aircraft's altitude down to just 7m above the water's surface at high speed, using advanced radar altimeters.
Formation Flight This capability will allow Visionair to control up to three UAVs at once as if they were one single UAV. This is particularly useful for target drone operations where the operator wants to simulate the release of anti-ship missiles from a low-flying (sea-skimming) threat; the formation of targets can be flown towards the attack area and then one of the targets can be separated to simulated missile release.

User Tools is a set of software applications provided free of charge for use with autopilots (AP), AHRS-INS units (e.g. POLAR) and associated hardware designed and manufactured by UAV Navigation (UAVN). User Tools consists of the following applications:

Visionair Config Tool
  • Configure an AP or AHRS-INS unit as part of installation into a UAV or other platform.
  • Set specific parameters prior to a mission.

Note: picture from Visionair Config Tools. Used to configure the VECTOR. For AP04 the configuration software used is called Device Config Tool.

GCS Config Tool
Software Update Tool
  • Update onboard software in a UAVN AP or AHRS unit (after downloading the appropriate file from the UAVN Download Center)
Log File Converter
  • Convert a standard .uav log file into another format for use in third party analysis programs (e.g. MATLAB)
Log File Player
  • Replay a .uav log file (broadcasts the output via the selected port)
Lynx is a software application used to analyze the telemetry data in .uav format obtained during a RPAS/UAV or manned aircraft flight equipped with a UAV Navigation (UAVN) avionics package (e.g. POLAR, VECTOR, etc).
Lynx allows multiple parameters to be displayed at the same time, enabling intuitive data analysis.
The primary displays are interactive graphs, which enable zooming in to specific areas of interest within the dataset.
Lynx is available as a free download. After installing, it runs by default in ‘Trial’ mode which features reduced functionality and a watermark on all graphs. To run the programme in ‘Full Mode’ a valid dongle is required; if you do not have one please contact our Commercial Department.
Main features:
  • Multiple parameters can be displayed at the same time, enabling intuitive data analysis.
  • Interactive graphs, which enable 'click and drag' zoom control to zero in on specific areas of interest within the dataset.