CS and DJI Phantom 3, Inspire 1 and Phantom 2 Vision+

U|g|CS for DJI Phantom 2 Vision+,
Phantom 3 and Inspire 1
Copyright © 2015, Smart Projects Holdings Ltd
Contents
Preface ...................................................................................................................................... 2
Drone connection and first run ................................................................................................... 2
Before you begin .................................................................................................................... 2
First run .................................................................................................................................. 2
Connecting smartphone to the drone ...................................................................................... 2
For DJI Phantom 2 Vision + ................................................................................................ 2
For DJI Phantom 3 series and Inspire 1 .............................................................................. 3
Connecting U|g|CS mobile companion and U|g|CS desktop application ................................. 3
Creating the route for your drone ............................................................................................ 4
Operation list of U|g|CS desktop and U|g|CS mobile companion ............................................ 4
Mission execution specifics ........................................................................................................ 6
Command execution specifics ................................................................................................ 7
Telemetry information specifics .............................................................................................. 8
Waypoint turn types ................................................................................................................ 8
Click & go ............................................................................................................................... 9
U|g|CS mobile companion user interface ................................................................................... 9
Main screen ...........................................................................................................................10
Settings menu .......................................................................................................................11
TROUBLESHOOTING ..............................................................................................................16
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Preface
U|g|CS is a fully functional ground control software for your drone which runs off your PC.
U|g|CS gives you all the tools required to plan aerial surveys, control your drone directly,
monitor telemetry, view and record online video and do post-flight analysis. For more
information please visit www.ugcs.com .
U|g|CS for DJI mobile companion application (U|g|CS mobile companion) is an android
application specific to DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 drone series. It bridges
the gap between the drone and full featured U|g|CS desktop application but can also be used
standalone.
Drone connection and first run
Before you begin
To continue you need the following items:
● One of the following DJI drones: Phantom 2 Vision+, Phantom 3 (Advanced or
Professional), Inspire 1;
● U|g|CS mobile companion – get the latest app from Google Play
● U|g|CS desktop application – get the latest version here.
● Android 4.4+ compatible device (Smartphone). It is recommended to use 4.5’’ display or
larger.
First run
When launching the application for the first time, your smartphone must be connected to the
internet, in order to pass DJI verification. This is an automatic process and does not need any
input from the user.
Connecting smartphone to the drone
Connecting UGCS mobile to your drone depends on the type of drone you are using.
For DJI Phantom 2 Vision +
For DJI phantom 2 vision+, a range extender is needed a wireless communication device that
extends the effective range of communication between a smartphone and the Phantom 2
Vision+.
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Connect your smartphone to the wireless network generated by this device, then connect your
laptop / PC with the installed U|g|CS desktop application to the same network. When both
mobile application and desktop application are in the same network they should detect each
other.
For DJI Phantom 3 series and Inspire 1
Start normally, by connecting your mobile device to the remote controller via the micro USB
Cable.
Note: if after establishing connection your mobile device proposes you to choose between
applications, for example GJI GO or U|g|CS for DJI, please choose U|g|CS for DJI.
In order to connect U|g|CS desktop application to the mobile companion, the PC and
smartphone must be in the same network. You can use your mobile device as WiFi access point
or an external network router.
Connecting U|g|CS mobile companion and U|g|CS desktop
application
Once both devices are on the same network, connection will be established automatically. In
the mobile app a green light in the window footer will confirm this.
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Creating the route for your drone
When all previous steps are done and your drone connected to remote control, U|g|CS desktop
application and U|g|CS mobile companion are in the same WiFi network you should see your
drone available to in U|g|CS desktop software.
Please follow the instructions in UgCS User Manual to draw the route for the appropriate drone
profile (Phantom 2 Vision+, Phantom 3 or Inspire 1). After drawing the route calculate it and
after successful calculation upload it to the drone.
Two important conditions should be met for Phantom 3 and Inspire 1:
 Drone should be in the air;
 Flight Mode Switch should be in “F” position (Function Mode)
After uploading the mission press “Auto mode” command in U|g|CS desktop and drone should
start the route.
Operation list of U|g|CS desktop and U|g|CS mobile companion
Below you can find the basic procedures for the flight route:
№ Step
Where step is
performed
Notes
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Create route
U|g|CS desktop
Use U|g|CS desktop client for creating,
planning and calculate mission and route.
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Upload route
U|g|CS desktop
Use U|g|CS desktop client to upload route to
the drone:


Calculate route
Select drone

Press “Upload” button
Note: Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 series can
accept mission only if the drone is in the air
and remote control is in "F" mode.
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Launch route
U|g|CS desktop OR
U|g|CS mobile
companion
Use U|g|CS desktop client or U|g|CS mobile
companion to launch route. Press “Auto
mode” commands for the drone in U|g|CS
desktop or
button on Android
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Track mission
execution
UgCS desktop OR
U|g|CS mobile
companion
1. Use U|g|CS desktop client for track
telemetry information of the vehicle.
2. Use U|g|CS mobile companion for control
camera.
3. Use both application for change control
mode or failsafe command execution (return
to home).
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Make pictures
U|g|CS mobile
companion
Use your remote control or dedicated buttons
in U|g|CS mobile companion application to
make shot or start/stop video recording.
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Land drone
UgCS desktop OR
U|g|CS mobile
companion
Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 support Land
mission item in U|g|CS Desktop. Or use
Return to Home command in U|g|CS mobile
companion.
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Mission execution specifics
Current part of article relates to U|g|CS desktop application and vehicle behavior.
Attention
Be careful, route execution speed is constant on Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 for whole route. That
means that speed will be equal to the speed defined in U|g|CS mission as speed after takeoff or
speed after first WP.
Warning
For Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 series, mission can only be uploaded while vehicle is armed and in
the air.
Mission waypoint actions supported by DJI:
Flight plan element /
Support
Notes
action
Camera control
No
use RC or UgCS mobile companion to control
camera pitch
Camera trigger
Yes
use your remote control or dedicated buttons in
U|g|CS mobile companion application to make
shot or start/stop video recording
Wait
Yes
Only one wait action per
waypoint is allowed.
Yaw
Yes
set Yaw action after Waypoint (applicable till
next Waypoint).
Land
Panorama
Point Of Interest
Camera by time
Yes
No
No
No
Camera by distance
No
You can start continuous photo capturing from
VSM application. (Note: Inspire 1 does NOT
support this function now)
Warning
Acceptance radius parameter for waypoint is not supported.
Warning
Fail-safe settings in mission properties are ignored, DJI has the following default fail-safe
settings (Please use DJI Assistant software to control the failsafe settings of autopilot).
Failsafe actions:
Condition
On GPS signal loss
Behavior
Land
Notes
Happens when there are less than 6
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On RC signal loss
Finish mission if
the drone is in
auto mode and
return to home
position.
Land
On low battery
satellites visible for more than 20 seconds
Default return to home altitude is 50m. See
autopilot User Manual for more information.
See autopilot User Manual for more
information.
Command execution specifics
Current part of article is about vehicle behavior. Some commands you can find in the U|g|CS
desktop application, some in the U|g|CS mobile companion. See table below for more
information.
Supported commands:
Command
ARM
DISARM
AUTOMODE
Support
No
No
Yes
HOLD
Yes
CONTINUE
Yes
MANUALMODE
RETURNHOME
No
Yes
TAKE-OFF
No*
LAND
No*
Application
Notes
U|g|CS desktop
OR U|g|CS mobile
companion
U|g|CS desktop
OR U|g|CS mobile
comapnion
Take off and start the mission
UgCS standalone /
Android VSM
UgCS standalone /
Android VSM
UgCS standalone /
Android VSM
UgCS standalone
Pause mission. Vehicle will hover in
current position until CONTINUE command
issued. Vehicle can be moved along
mission path using Remote controller
during Hold.
Resume mission
Vehicle will gain the pre-configured altitude
(default is 20m) and return to launch
position and land. See warning below.
Phantom 2 Vision plus series drones can
be take off by switching to auto mode.
For Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 series you
can use Land mission item in order to land
your drone after mission execution.
Warning
If within the distance of 20 meters from the home point, you execute GoHome command, the
aircraft will directly land in the current location instead of returning back to the home Point
Command availability
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U|g|CS Desktop can show command buttons in different shades. You can always press all
buttons disregarding of shade. Highlighted buttons suggest recommended commands,
depending on current status of the vehicle.
Command availability:
State
Armed
Disarmed
Button highlighted
AUTOMODE,
RETURNHOME
AUTOMODE,
RETURNHOME
Button shaded
Telemetry information specifics
Vehicle state (armed/disarmed) is controlled from RC transmitter. (Phantom 2 Vision+ vehicle is
armed automatically when "Auto Mode" command is issued)
Flight mode meaning:
Auto: Vehicle is executing mission or is returning to launch position.
Manual: Vehicle is holding position.
Note
User can take over the control from any mode at any time by flipping the RC mode (For
Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 use "P" mode for manual control).
Note
If you see strange altitudes in U|g|CS desktop client telemetry window, please check your
vehicle “Take-off point altitude”.
Waypoint turn types
U|g|CS desktop route planning allows you to specify different turn types – i.e. the way drone
passes the waypoint. There are 3 different routing planning modes for DJI autopilots, but
Phantom 3, Inspire 1 and Phantom 2 Vision + support only 2 turn types: fixed-point turn mode
(Stop and Turn) and adaptive coordinated turn mode (Adaptive Bank Turn). You can choose
turn type for each Waypoint, Circle, Perimeter. The default turn mode in the system is Stop and
turn.
Figure 1: Turn type
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Turn type
Stop and Turn
Support
Yes
Bank Turn
Adaptive Bank Turn
No
Yes
Notes
Aircraft flies to the first fixed
point accurately, stops at the
fixed point and then flies to
the next fixed point.
Aircraft will not stop at the
fixed point, but will “cut the
corner” and pass trough
without a stop.
You can find more information about turning mode and supporting autopilots on the site
http://wiki.dji.com/.
Click & go
Click & GO mode allows you to interactively command the copter to travel to a target location by
clicking on a point on the map. Once the location is reached, the copter will hover at that
location, waiting for the next target. This behavior implemented as a mini mission containing two
waypoints: current drone position and target point.
In order to start Click & GO mission, you need to interrupt currently running task by switching to
manual mode and then select a point where you want to fly.
Steps:
-
Press “Click & Go” commands
Click on the map to define target point
Adjust additional parameters “AGL alt”, “Speed” and “Heading” if needed and press
confirm to send command to the drone
U|g|CS mobile companion user interface
The mobile companion interface includes Main Screen and Settings Menu.
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Main screen
The Main application screen has live video preview on the background.
Main application screen could be divided in four zones, as shown on image: system bar (1),
camera position control panel (2), vehicle control panel (3) and application status bar (4).
System bar (1) display standard Android device bar. Usually this part of screen includes status
of network connection (Wi-fi, 3G/LTE etc.), device battery level and time.
The camera position control panel (2) consist of the following buttons and an indicator:
the camera up,
- tilt the camera down,
- tilt
- camera gimbal angle.
The application status bar (3) displays main status indicators from the vehicle and UCS
connection
status.
You can see SD card remaining memory percent (a), number of visible satellites (b), range
extender or remote control battery voltage (c). You need to have connection from UCS to
Android VSM to upload mission, control vehicle from UgCS client and record telemetry. Status
of this connection displays in the part (d). Drone battery status displays in the part (e). In the
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bottom-right corner of the main screen are three flight status indicators: distance to home
position* (f), altitude above ground (g) and airspeed h).
The vehicle control panel (4) consists of the following buttons:
to Settings Menu,
home position.
- make a shot,
- options button for navigation
- start/stop camera recording,
- go home of reset
In the settings page you can select photo camera working mode: single photo, multiple photos,
continuous photo capturing**
Notes
* “Dist.” (distance from home position) indicator displays distance projected to the ground, not
actual (vertical+horizontal distance).
** Continuous photo is not available for Inspire 1.
Settings menu
Settings Menu could be divided into four areas: DJI Drone, Camera, App Settings and About
area.
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1. “ DJI Drone” area includes Drone Type field. Here drone type sould be chosen by user.
2. “ Camera” area includes three fields:
a.
Show Preview field allows to enable or disable video streaming in main view;
b.
Preview Quality field allows to choose quality of video preview in main view .
c.
More Camera Settings field allows to configure Video and Photo options: single
photo, multiple photos, continuous photo capturing, etc.
3. “ App Settings” area has two fields:
a.
User Interface field allows to change user preferences settings, for example
Localization setting: Select the unit system to use throughout the app.
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b.
Advanced field allows to configure application settings which are necessary for
normal functionality of application, it includes Enable/Disable SSDP for automatic searching of
U|g|CS desktop application in local network.
4. “ About” area has three fields:
a.
Version field shows current version of this mobile application.
b.
Network settings field shows current network information.
c.
UCS connection port shows port which currently is selected.
Settings Menu could be divided into four areas: DJI Drone, Camera, App Settings and About
area.
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“DJI Drone” area includes:
 Drone Type field. Here drone type should be chosen by user.
 Drone Specific settings
Vision Plus specific settings
Tail number field allows you to enter drone unique name, this name will help you to
identify the drone in U|g|CS client view in case if you have multiple drones connected
Phantom 3, Inspire 1 specific settings
Damping distance controls the curvature of the path in case of the route contains spline
waypoints.
“Camera” area includes next fields :
 Show Preview field allows to enable or disable video streaming in main view;
 More Camera Settings – advanced settings based on selected drone type.
Vision plus camera settings:
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
Preview Quality field allows to choose quality of video preview in main view.
Photo count allows you to select between single photo, multiple photos,
continuous photo capturing.
Photo interval allows to adopt time between sequential photos.
Phantom 3, Inspire 1 camera settings
Photo count allows you to select between single photo, multiple photos, continuous
photo capturing, etc.
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“ App Settings” area has two fields:
 User Interface field allows to change user preferences settings, for example
Localization setting: Select the unit system to use throughout the app.

Advanced field allows to configure application settings which are necessary for
normal functionality of application, it includes Enable/Disable SSDP for automatic
searching of U|g|CS desktop application in local network.
“ About” area has three fields:
 Version field shows current version of this mobile application.
 Network settings field shows current network information.
 UCS connection port shows port which currently is selected.
TROUBLESHOOTING
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If you can't launch U|g|CS mobile application - it closes just after start, try to restart your
mobile device.
If difference in altitudes of you route is more then 120 meters drone may reject the flight.
Sometimes you may experience problems with drone connection if native “DJI GO”
application is not installed.
Sometimes after change
If Your device does not appear on map view screen, try looking for it in vehicle list:
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If the U|g|CS mobile application is connected to your drone and shows that U|g|CS
desktop application (green light besides UCS text on bottom) is also connected, but You
can not find Your device in PC application. Try the following steps:
○ Restart PC application(UGCS standalone client).
○ Make sure both device, Your smartphone and PC is in same network.
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