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The Aero Ranger drone application consists of three main screens.
  1. "Fly" page - this is where you will spend most of your time while the aircraft is flying. It provides a graphical map based overview of flight progress, via flight statistics and the controls for emergency actions such as return to home and land now. You need to be on this page to takeoff and begin a mission
  2. "Plan" page - this page is where you do flight planning, creating missions, loading or saving missions and manipulating waypoints.
  3. "Gallery" page - here you can see the images from your flight. Thumbnails of each image are downloaded during flight. From this screen you can import the full sized images post flight, using the SD card from the aircraft. You can also upload these full sized images to the cloud for further processing from here.
These pages are accessed using the "hamburger" menu icon at the top left of the screen, in the normal Android fashion.

A mixture of long press, short press and dragging gestures are used to activate the many commands on each page.





1.  Fly page
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The Fly page is the most important page of the application and is where you will monitor UAV progress during flight.

The key components are
  • HUD. This provides critical flight information such as the altitude above the home point, the battery state, distance to the UAV, mode that it’s in and the flight time
  • Info bar. Shows the number of photos taken (if in stills mode), estimated total mission photos, estimated ground resolution, signal strength, satellite count and video signal quality
  • Action buttons. These allow you to takeoff, play/pause a mission, return to home or perform an emergency landing on the spot. Tap on the Fly button to initiate a takeoff (if on the ground). The automated pre-flight checks will be initiated at this time.
  • Map view. The center of the page displays the satellite map with the flight plan overlaid, as well as the current location of the UAV and of the home point. A small blue dot represents your  location, based on the GPS in your phone or tablet (if turned on). The HUD shows the horizontal distance to the UAV based on this location.
  • Camera live view panel. Press the camera icon at the bottom right of the screen to pull out the video panel to see a live view from the UAV.
  • Layers button - Press the layers button to reveal a small panel that allows you to show or hide map layers such as waypoints, photo overlays and image polygon outline
  • Image control panel - located at the bottom left of the screen, this can be used to setup manual tagging, delete the current mission and image sync. Or slide it away if you don't use it.




2. Planning Page
The next most important part of Aero Ranger is the planning page. Here you can create missions, modify missions, load and save mission files and load kml overlays. Autonomous missions are the fundamental building block of Aero Ranger, creating a mission is required before you can launch the aircraft. See the creating missions page for more information on how to create a new mission

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As with all of Aero Ranger, an intuitive gesture based interface is used to create an modify missions.

The key components of the Planning screen are
  • Current mission waypoints - the Current waypoints will be visible on a map view, as with the Fly page. But here you can edit them.
    • Move waypoints by long pressing on them until they pop up, then drag to a new location.
    • Change some parameters such as waypoint altitude by tapping on them to pop up the waypoint info dialog.
    • Tap undo to move them back if you make a mistake
  • New Mission button - Image Use this button to create a new mission. Pressing it will reveal the mission type selection strip. See more about missions on the creating missions page
  • Lower toolbar - the white toolbar at the bottom of the page holds the Delete Button, Min Safe Alt indication, a summary of the currently loaded mission and a pull up button for revealing mission details (more about that next).
  • Undo button - if you move waypoints by dragging them, this button undoes the action
  • Layer button - tap it to reveal the map layer controls, which allow you to hide and show various info.
  • Delete Button
    • Tap on the rubbish bin button to completely delete the current mission.
    • Long press to enter "Waypoint kill mode". The button will turn blue. From here you can tap on single waypoints to delete them from the mission. Press it again to exit kill mode.
  • Mission Summary - displays basic statistics that describe the current mission.
  • Mission details reveal arrow - Press the arrow to reveal further mission details as well as the save/load buttons. The planning screen with the mission details tab exposed is shown below.
    • Pressing once on the up arrow shows the mission details covering half the screen. Both the map and mission list remain usable.
    • Dragging the arrow up from here will make the mission list full screen.
    • Use this panel to see the commands that make up your mission. You can reorder them or swipe them away to delete (be careful!)
    • Also save and load missions as files using the buttons in this section
    • If you have a KML file in the downloads directory on your device, you can load it and view from here. Sometimes kml files containing polygons etc, are used to assist with mission planning.
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3. Gallery Page
The Gallery page is for managing images taken during flight. Thumbnail images are automatically downloaded during flight, while full sized images can later be downloaded wirelessly or imported from the SD card in the drone. You can filter images by flight. Uploading of images to cloud services is done from this page.

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Key features of the gallery page:
  • Mission selector - Press on the drop down arrow at the top of the screen to filter the gallery by flown missions.
    • Selecting one mission will filter the image list to the images from that mission only.
    • Tap the red X next to a mission to delete that mission and associated thumbnails.
    • Tip: It's good practice to delete old missions as maintaining a very large mission list will consume a large amount of space on your tablet and will also increase the time taken to build the filter list when you press the drop down arrow.
  • Thumbnail/fullsized radio buttons - select the Thumbnail button to view thumbnails from the flight, Full sized to view full sized images (if you imported any). The mission filter applies to whichever image type is selected. During the mission, thumbnails are downloaded from the aircraft. Full sized images must be manually imported, either by downloading the images over the RC link, or inserting the drone's SD card to view the images.
    • Tip: Downloading full size images wirelessly is not recommended - it's very slow and may not always be successful. Insert the drones SD card into your tablet using the built in SD card slot or a USB card reader instead
    • SD card can be inserted directly to the internal SD reader slot (if there is one) or by using a USB SD card reader and OTG cable. Wireless downloads work best for small numbers of images (<20) and is not reliable (a DJI issue)
  • Download and Insert SD card buttons - these buttons at the bottom left of the screen allow you to import full sized image from the UAV. As described above, inserting the SD card is the recommended way for fast and reliable transfer. Note that at the current time, full sized images from the SD card are not copied to the device, they are only viewed while the drone's SD card is inserted.
  • Delete button - use this to delete thumbnail or full sized images that are currently displayed. If you select images by tapping on them, only these images will be deleted.
  • Eject button - if you have inserted an SD card, this option takes you to the system settings to properly eject it.
  • Panorama button - to create a quick panorama of 2-10 images after flying a panorama mission (full sized images only):
    • First obtain the full sized images from the drone as described above
    • Select 2-10 images to include in the Panorama by tapping on them. A green tick will appear on them
    • Then press the Panorama button.
    • Due to memory limitations of mobile devices, this may not always succeed. Ensure your images have plenty of overlap and clearly identifiable features to help the matching algorithm.
WHAT IS THE HOME POINT?

A critical part of any mission is the Home point.

SUPPORTED DRONE MODELS

Most recent DJI drone models are supported

HOW DO I CHANGE CAMERA SETTINGS?

Camera setting have recently had a major revamp.

How do I zoom the camera

To zoom your camera using AeroRanger

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