Falcon 8 UAS GeoEXPERT - Basic Training : Firmware

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Firmware

  • Firmware
    • It is recommended to check for firmware updates and ensure the Falcon 8 is up to date.  To check the version of firmware is currently installed in the Falcon 8 UAS, please perform the following:
      • Start with ensuring the power switch of the Falcon 8 UAV is set to the OFF position.
      • Ensure the battery bay of the Falcon 8 UAV is free of any debris.
      • Insert the battery into Falcon 8 battery bay and connect the green MPX connector of the battery to the Falcon 8’s central unit.
      • Power on the Falcon 8 UAV.
      • Power on the Mobile Ground Station.
      • Once powered on, an emergency landing mode needs to be selected.  The navigation keys on the Status Display can be used to scroll through the options, then press ENT ► to set mode.  

 

Firmware

  • Firmware
    • Next, press the ENT key to open the MAIN MENU.
    • Navigate to SETTINGS using the navigation keys on the Status Display, and press ENT ►
    • Scroll down to FALCON INFO, and press ENT ► This screen will display the serial number of the unit and the current firmware component versions:
      • NAV
      • PER
      • Diversity
      • Div. LCD

 

Firmware

  • Firmware
    • With the current installed firmware versions noted, login to Topcon Total Care and ensure the firmware versions match or verify that a new update that can be installed.  
    • If a new version is available, use the link on the page to download the firmware update tool and follow the onscreen instructions.  

 

AscTec Navigator

  • Overview
    • The AscTec Navigator software is an office and field software for simple waypoint flight planning/control as well as managing the collected data.
      • Flight planning
      • Simple waypoint flight control options
      • Flight database manager
      • Add flight logs and photo tagging
      • Thermal editor (for FLIR)

 

AscTec Navigator: Installation

  • Installation
    • Login to Topcon Total Care and download the current version of the AscTec Navigator software from the Support page.
      • When installing, it is important to install the USB driver to enable the communication between AscTec Navigator and the MGS. 
      • Once the USB driver is installed, it is not necessary to install again when updating the software.

 

AscTec Navigator: Installation

  • Installation
    • When installing for the first time, an introduction wizard will guide you through setting up:
      • Configuring your Workspace
      • Selecting your Camera
  • All settings can be changed anytime via SETTINGS → PROGRAM SETTINGS

 

AscTec Navigator

  • General
    1. Menu Bar
    2. Tab Bar
    3. Recent Projects
    4. News
    5. Social Media

AscTec Navigator

  • Map Source
    • Located under SETTINGS.   The map source is the web map service interface for accessing aerial images and storing them into your workspace.
    • Currently two service providers for map services are available:
      • Open Street Map  - Basic option & completely free
      • MapBox Service  - A commercial web service, which offers aerial imagery