Sirius Pro: Setup - External Base NTRIP

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Setup – UAV Assembly

  • For details on aircraft assembly, please refer to the UAV assembly checklist in section 4.2.2 of the MAVinci user’s manual.
  • {RPIC} Remove the UAV fuselage from the transport case and remove the plastic sleeve.
  • {RPIC} Remove the plastic sleeve around the fuselage.
  • {RPIC} Prepare four airfoil screws and fasteners and a flathead screwdriver.
  • {RPIC} Remove the vertical and horizontal stabilizer from the transport case.
  • {RPIC} Pick up the UAV fuselage and with the nose of the aircraft firmly placed onto the user’s shoe (and not the ground), attach the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage.
  • {RPIC} Attach the horizontal stabilizer to the UAV fuselage ensuring that there is no gap between the bottom of the horizontal stabilizer and the UAV fuselage.
  • {RPIC} Insert 2x airfoil screws and fasteners through the holes located on the bottom of the horizontal stabilizer.
  • {RPIC} At first, hand tighten the screws, then using the flathead screwdriver, secure both stabilizers to the UAV fuselage. Do not overtighten the screws.
  • {RPIC} Confirm that the horizontal and vertical stabilizers are firmly attached and secured to the fuselage:
    • There should be little to no movement when moving the horizontal stabilizer back and forth. Adjust the screw tension as necessary using ½ turns.
    • There should be no gap between the bottom of the horizontal stabilizer and the UAV fuselage.
  • {RPIC} Connect the electrical connectors for the horizontal and vertical stabilizers to the fuselage.
  • {RPIC} Remove the left and right wing connector tube from the top foam insert of the transport case. 
  • {RPIC} Using a measuring tape, locate the center of the wing connector tube. Mark the center using a marker or small piece of white duct tape. 
  • {RPIC} Remove the left and right wings of the UAV from the transport case.
  • {RPIC} Insert the wing connector tube into either wing until the center of the tube is reached. Repeat this process for the remaining wing so that half of the wing connector tube is inserted into both wings. 
  • {RPIC} Place the leading edge of both wings flush with the rear of the UAV cockpit.
  • {RPIC} Insert 2x airfoil screws and fasteners through the holes located on the top of the wings.
  • {RPIC} At first, hand tighten the screws, then using the flathead screwdriver, secure both wings to the UAV fuselage. Do not overtighten the screws. 
  • {RPIC} Confirm that both wings are firmly attached and secured to the fuselage. 
    • Pickup the UAV by the leading edge of both wings.
    • With the nose of the UAV facing the user and 2-3 inches away, swiftly twist the aircraft back and forth in the direction of yaw.  
    • There should be very little to no movement between the wing and fuselage assembly. Adjust the screw tension as necessary using ½ turns. 
  • {RPIC} Connect the electrical connectors for both wings to the UAV fuselage.
    • Left wing electrical connector to the left connector on the UAV fuselage. Right to right.
  • {RPIC} Remove the motor security lock band around the propellers and remove the UAV cockpit canopy.
  • {RPIC} Insert a charged LiPo battery into the UAV cockpit and line up the edges of the battery with the battery marks located inside the UAV cockpit. 
    • Do not connect the LiPo battery to the UAV at this time.
  • {RPIC} Secure the LiPo battery inside the UAV cockpit using the provided battery strap. 
  • {RPIC} Replace the UAV cockpit canopy and replace the motor security lock band around the propellers.
  • {RPIC} After assembling the UAV and installing the LiPo battery, the UAV balance needs to be checked in an area with little to no wind. 
  • {RPIC} To check the current UAV balance: 
    • Pickup the assembled UAV by the leading edges of the wings. 
    • Place only your middle finger on each of the balance marks located on the underside of the wings and hold up the UAV. 
    • The UAV should be appear level with the ground to slightly (approx. 1 degree) nose down. 
  • {RPIC} When balancing the UAV, if the aircraft appears nose up (or more than 1 degree nose down):
    • Remove the motor security lock band around the propellers and remove the UAV cockpit canopy.
    • Adjust the position of the LiPo battery inside the UAV cockpit. Secure the LiPo battery again once completed.
    • Replace the UAV cockpit canopy and replace the motor security lock band around the propellers.
    • Check the UAV balance again. 

Setup – UAS Pre-Flight Checks

  • For details on the UAS pre-flight checklist, please refer to section 4.2.4 of the MAVinci user’s manual.
  • {VO} Open MAVinci Desktop. Create/Open a session and select Start without connection to UAV.
  • {VO} Remove the WLAN Connector from the transport case along with a fully charged LiPo battery.
  • {VO} Secure the WLAN Connector in a location where the wireless antenna located on the connector has a clear, unobstructed view of the sky.
  • {VO} Secure the LiPo battery accordingly and connect it to the WLAN Connector to supply power.
  • {VO} Confirm the following on the WLAN connector: 
    • The Power LED is on. 
    • The Status LED starts blinking rapidly after approximately 30 seconds after power on. 
  • {VO} On the user’s PC, search for the MAVinci Connector as an available wireless connection and once discovered, connect to the WLAN connector via Wi-Fi 
    • Note: The wireless password for any MAVinci Connector is mavinciconnector 
  • {RPIC or VO} If needed, using a GNSS survey system, set and establish the position on all GCP aerial targets in the project area to be used for QA/QC purposes after post-processing of the collected UAS data. 
    • The coordinate system for the GCP aerial targets should be in WGS84 coordinates or whichever coordinate system is being used with MAVinci Desktop.
  • {RPIC} Remove the motor security lock band around the propellers and remove the UAV cockpit canopy.
  • {RPIC} Connect the LiPo battery to the UAV. Note: If the user will be performing Spot Landing, power on the UAV in the location where the UAV will be landing.
  • {RPIC} Replace the UAV cockpit canopy and replace the motor security lock band around the propellers.
  • {RPIC} Confirm the following once the UAV battery has been connected:
    • The UAV powers on successfully.
    • The aileron, horizontal and vertical stabilizer servos power on (and remain on).
    • The UAV battery level via the fuselage’s onboard display shows 100%.
    • GNSS satellites begin to track according to the UAV onboard display.
    • LED’s on both the left and right wings begin to flash.
  • {RPIC} Remove the RC controller from the transport case and confirm the following:

    • The yellow toggle switch is set to Automatic.

    • The red toggle switch is set to Manual.

    • The throttle stick on the right is fully down.

  • {RPIC} Power on the RC controller. Confirm on the UAV that the servos for the ailerons, horizontal and vertical stabilizers turn off indicating that connection to the RC controller is established.

  • {RPIC} Confirm the RC controller voltage level: 7.4V – 8.4V.

  • {RPIC} Connect to the UAV in the MAVinci Desktop session. 

  • {VO} Using the second wireless connection, confirm the user’s PC is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi.
  • {VO} In the MAVinci Desktop session, select the External RTCM Connections option. On the RTCM Source connection section, select the NTRIP tab.
  • {VO} Enter in the required NTRIP account information (if connecting to a new reference network), or select a previously used reference network from the list of recent NTRIP connections.
  • {VO} Once finished, select Connect to begin streaming RTK corrections from the reference station network. Confirm the following after connecting to the NTRIP server:
    • Receiver status shows as connected.
    • Number of bytes skipped is not counting upwards.
    • Confirm all the required RTCM messages are being received and display as green.
  • {VO} Confirm the following UAS status information on the Map View in MAVinci Desktop:

    • UAV battery level – 100%

    • Connector battery level – 100%

    • GPS satellites and GLONASS satellites are being tracked. GNSS Solution Quality – RTK Fixed

    • The UAV icon is displayed on the Map View in MAVinci desktop.

    • Compass – Ok

    • The altimeter graph on below the Session Panel should be updating in real-time.

  • {VO} On the Camera Settings panel under the Welcome menu in MAVinci Desktop, confirm that the camera model selected is the camera installed in the UAV and is set as default.

  • {VO} Create/load a new flight plan for the AOI to be collected in MAVinci Desktop.

  • {VO} Adjust the flight plan settings as necessary (i.e. home position, GSD level, for terrain, wind direction, etc.).

  • {VO} For the default assisted glide mode landing method, no changes from the default Landing Point Mode settings in the flight plan is required.
  • {VO} If performing spoileron assisted mode landing:
    • Select Configuration from the Session Panel.
    • Check the Spoileron Landing checkbox.
    • Select Send to send the current configuration to the UAV (active only until the UAV is powered off).
    • If desired, select Save to plane flash memory to set the spoileron landing as default.
  • {VO} If performing Spot Landing:
    • Select Land P Mode settings in the flight plan.
    • Select Spot Landing from the pull down menu.
    • After selecting Spot Landing, a window will appear. The current UAV position will need to be averaged to determine the Spot Landing approach. Confirm the following and then select Ok:
      • The UAV is RTK Fixed.
      • The UAV is on the landing spot and free from obstacles or rough terrain within a 20m radius.
      • The UAV nose is pointed into the wind.
  • After averaging the UAV position, MAVinci Desktop will automatically determine the spot landing approach and adjust the flight plan metrics.

  • {VO} Adjust the following spot landing settings as necessary so the UAV avoids any obstructions along the landing path:

    • The yaw (heading) angle of the approach.

    • The altitude AGL before beginning spot landing along the approach (minimum is 50m).

    • When using a 50m altitude, any obstacles should be at least 5m away to the left and right side along the landing path and not taller than 5m along the path. 

  • {RPIC} Open the camera compartment of the UAV and confirm the SD card is inserted into the UAV camera. Once finished, secure the camera compartment closed.
  • {RPIC} On the bottom of the UAV, in the camera section, center the UAV camera lens. 
  • {RPIC} Remove the camera lens cover.
  • {RPIC} Confirm the UAV display screen shows Send Flight plan.
  • {VO} Transmit the flight plan to the UAV. The Check Wing Connection window will appear.
  • {RPIC} Switch the red switch on the RC controller to Autopilot. Press the landing switch. Confirm that both ailerons on the wings deflect upwards. Once finished, return the red switch on the RC to Manual. 
  • {VO} Select Ok on the Check Wing Connection window to transmit the flight plan. Confirm the flight plan has been transmitted to the UAV. 
  • {RPIC} Confirm the UAV display screen shows Click Flight.
  • {RPIC} Perform UAV Camera Triggering and Timing Check. Roll the UAV 60 degrees and confirm images can be triggered, stored on the camera SD card, and UTC time is associated with the collected images. 
  • {RPIC} Perform UAV Control Surface check using the RC controller in full manual mode.
  • {RPIC} Perform UAV Compass Check:
    • Pickup and place the nose of the UAV successively in all four cardinal directions (N,S,E,W). 
    • Confirm that the UAV icon displayed in MAVinci Desktop corresponds to the current direction of the UAV.
  • {RPIC} Perform Stabilizer Check. Confirm that both stabilizers are firmly attached and secured to the fuselage. 
    • With the nose of the UAV placed on the user’s shoe, confirm there is little to no movement when moving the horizontal stabilizer back and forth. Adjust the airfoil screws ½ turn at a time as necessary until tightened sufficiently.
    • Confirm there is no gap between the bottom of the horizontal stabilizer and the UAV fuselage.  
  • {RPIC} Perform Wing Check. Confirm that both wings are firmly attached and secured to the fuselage. 
    • Pickup the UAV by the leading edge of both wings.
    • With the nose of the UAV facing the user and 2-3 inches away, swiftly twist the aircraft back and forth in the direction of yaw.  
    • Confirm there is very little to no movement between the wing and fuselage assembly. Adjust the airfoil screws ½ turn at a time as necessary until tightened sufficiently.
  • {RPIC} Perform UAV Balance Check. To check the current UAV balance: 
    • Pickup the assembled UAV by the leading edges of the wings. 
    • Place only your middle finger on each of the balance marks located on the underside of the wings and hold up the UAV. 
    • The UAV should be appear level with the ground to slightly (approx. 1 degree) nose down.
    • Adjust the position of the LiPo battery inside the UAV cockpit if necessary. Secure the LiPo battery again once completed.
  • {RPIC} Perform Pre-Flight aircraft inspection.
    • Confirm if there is any noticeable damage anywhere on the UAV fuselage, both wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers which may affect flight operations.
    • Confirm that the electrical connectors for the horizontal/vertical stabilizers and both wings are securely connected.
    • Inspect the UAV propellers for any cracks or damage. Replace if necessary. 
    • Confirm that the UAV propellers are properly secured to the UAV engine. There should be some resistance when extending/retracting the propellers.  
  • {RPIC} Perform Pre-Flight aircraft inspection (continued).
    • Confirm that the UAV engine spins freely when rotating in both directions and there isn’t any grinding noise due to dirt or debris.
    • Confirm that the UAV battery is secured properly in the cockpit.
    • Inspect the internal plastic skeleton inside the cockpit. Confirm that there are no cracks or damage.
    • Confirm that the UAV cockpit canopy is secured. 
    • Confirm in the camera section on the bottom of the UAV, that the UAV camera is centered.
    • Confirm that the UAV camera lens cover has been removed.
    • Confirm that the camera compartment of the UAV is properly secured.
    • Confirm that the GNSS Antenna is firmly attached.
    • Confirm that the cooling vents on both sides of the UAV fuselage are clear of dirt and debris.
  • Pre-Flight checks complete.