Simplifying operator workflows with the new Auterion release

Dec 1, 2020

The new release of Auterion Enterprise PX4, the on-board software platform of drones powered by Auterion, and Auterion Mission Control, the ground control software controlling drone operations is out. All highlights of the last release in 2020 are focused around simplifying the operator’s workflow when performing missions.

Auterion Enterprise PX4 v2.1

Auterion Enterprise PX4 is a complete on-board software platform for advanced drone operations. It consists of a flight controller based on PX4 as well as an operating system running on the mission computer for advanced on-board functionality and data processing capabilities.

RTL trigger based on battery, distance, and wind

RTL can be triggered by a combination of battery percentage, distance to home as well as wind direction and speed

During long distance operations – such as mapping at extended visual line of sight – the amount of battery required to safely fly the drone back to its landing point varies a lot depending on the distance to “home”. Triggering return to launch (RTL) based on only battery percentage is not reliable and can lead to inefficiencies when triggered too early, or unnecessary and dangerous emergency landings when triggered too late. With our newest release RTL can be triggered by a combination of battery percentage, distance to home as well as wind direction and speed to avoid unnecessary mission aborts and decrease the risk of an emergency landing.

Adjust automatic landing

Operators can now manually nudge the vehicle horizontally to adjust the landing location while the autonomous landing operation continues

In most cases automatic landing procedures are the safest way of ending a drone operation. In certain situations unforeseen changes of the landing area force the operator to interrupt or adjust the procedure to avoid collisions or hard landings. With our newest release operators cannot only abort the landing procedure, but also manually nudge the vehicle horizontally to adjust the landing location while the autonomous landing operation continues.

Auterion Mission Control v1.10

Auterion Mission Control is the ground control software used to plan, execute and analyze operations of drones powered by Auterion. It controls any vehicle running Auterion Enterprise PX.

Gimbal heading and camera coverage indication

A visual indicator in the fly view displays the gimbal heading as well as the camera coverage

During survey missions, operators want to make sure that the area which is being surveyed is sufficiently covered at all times. The newest release of Auterion Mission Control contains a visual indicator in the fly view displaying the gimbal heading as well as the camera coverage during mission execution.

Easy access to prepared missions

Visual preview of recently saved missions

Preparing missions and loading them in the field safes a significant amount of time, especially for operators frequently performing a set of different operations. With our new release, Auterion Mission Control provides a visual preview of recently saved missions and allows them to be loaded with a single click on the quick load button.

Further reading

To see the full list of updates, fixes, and improvements you can read our release notes here: https://docs.auterion.com/release-notes/

For more information on the usage of Auterion Mission Control, please read our online documentation: https://docs.auterion.com/auterion-mission-control

More details on both the Auterion Enterprise PX4 and the Auterion Mission Control product can be found on our website.

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