Installation

Install Vimdrones GCS on your computer, Mac OS or Windows

Mac

  • Double click the [Vimdrones_GCS-x.x.x.dmg], pull the Vimdrones GCS icon to the Applications file.
  • Double click the icon to open the Vimdrones GCS Installation Mac

System requirements

System requirements for Ground Station Software:

  • Operating system: Windows 8; Windows 10; Mac OS
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or better
  • Memory: Minimum 8 GB of RAM or more
  • Hard drive: SSD 120 GB. Recommended 256GB or more
  • Network: TCP/IPv4 network stack, WiFi or Ethernet. Recommended Ethernet

Adding new Mazzy Star Drone™ to the system

By default the system shipped with pre config Mazzy Star Drone™, when you bought new Mazzy Star Drone™ in later orders to extend the business show scale, you will need to follow these steps to add it to current system

Prepare

  • SD card (comes with drone, in the back position)
  • SD card reader

Make Drone Identification SD Card

Open SD Card Maker

  • Open SD Card Maker from Tools
  • Select SD card Device (click refresh, if you can not find it, also check whether it's mounted on your computer)
  • Set Drone ID
  • Set Wifi SSID (come with system document)
  • Set Wifi Password (come with system document)
  • Click Make button and pop up SD card

Pair 915/868 Mhz Radio Channel

New Drone Setup

  • Insert SD card back to the drone
  • Power up the drone, click Radio Pair button in Base panel and get "Drone X radio Pair Success" Notification

Pair RC Transmitter

  • Click RC Bind button in Drone panel and see orange light flash in drone, press RC Transmitter bind button and power on the Transmitter, when heard a happy voice means it success

Interface

Ground Station Interface

Top Bar

Ground Station Interface

  • Online: The number of drones online
  • Open Realtime 3D View: Click to view drone's real time 3D position
  • Project: unselected -> the project name

Drone Collection

Ground Station Interface

  • Top left number: Drone ID
  • Top right number: Satellite Count
  • Middle number: Drone's Heading Angle
  • Left bar: Wifi Signal
    • High -> Low: Green -> Orange -> Red
  • Right bar: Radio Signal
    • High -> Low: Green -> Orange -> Red
  • Button bar: Battery Status
    • High -> Low: Green -> Orange -> Red
  • Background color:
    • Red: Ready
    • Green: Not ready

Satellite Count

Ground Station Interface

  • Satellite Count: Show the count of Satellite
  • Cylindrical bar: Satellite signal, the unit is DB
  • Satellite name
  • Satellite flag

RTK Base Status

Ground Station Interface

RTK Base: (Error) -> (Connected)
iTow: Satellite time
Survey In: (Not Start Yet) -> (Process) -> (Success)
Acc: Accuracy<2m -> Survey In(Success)

  • Radio Pair: Pair 915/868 Mhz Radio Channel to drone and RTK base
  • Survey In: When the RTK Base is enter, click Survey In button

Drone Status

Ground Station Interface

When we click Drone ID on the Drone Collection, we could see the stats of this drone. By default, it shows Drone ID: 8 Status. We could see the ID No. and Online/Outline on the Drone Icon

GNSS(Global Navigation Satellite System)
Satellite Count Fix Type: Normal -> RTK Float -> RTK Fix(Ready to takeoff)
HODP: Horizontal dilution of precision

  • Poor -> Good: Red -> Orange -> Green

VDOP: Vertical dilution of precision

  • Poor -> Good: Red -> Orange -> Green

Global Position
lat: Latitude
lon: Longitude
alt: Altitude
relative alt: Relative Altitude

Status Check
GNSS: False -> Ready
Mode: False -> Ready
Arming: False -> Ready
Wifi Channel: OFF/ON
Radio Channel: OFF/ON

Drone Status
RTCM: Sending Frequency

  • RTCM Version V3 , provide broadcasted GNSS real-time differential corrections and raw data

Mode:

  • 0 Stabilize: Drone is flying by Remote Control
  • 1 Altitude hold: Drone is flying by Remote Control
  • 2 Guided: Drones are flying by autopilot
  • 3 RTL: Automatically return to home position
  • 4 LAND: Automatically landing in current position

HEADING: Drone's heading angle degrees against north
IP: Drone's ip address in network

Vibration Status
Drone X/Y/Z axis Vibration value(should be under 30, otherwise may have motor broken issue)

Battery Status
Voltage: When the voltage drops to 7.2V, the drone will automatically return to launch

Trajectory
Status: False -> Ready
Token: The same as the Project Token

Button

  • Reboot (Reboot the drone)
  • Mag Cal (drone mag calibration)
  • ESC Cal (drone esc calibration)
  • Motor Test (drone motor testing)
  • Radio Bind (binding drone to the RC controller)
  • Rescue (Enable drone's RC control to manual control by RC controller)
  • RTL (Set drone to RTL mode)
  • Land (Set drone to LAND mode)
  • Upload (Upload single trajectory design to the drone)

Project

Ground Station Interface

Current: The current project name
Music: The current project music name
Token: The project token
Qty: The quantity of drones
Time: The drone light show duration

  • Open: Click Open button, Select Design Project
  • Upload: Click Upload button, upload trajectory Design to the drones (LED lights are white light flashing)

Set Home

Ground Station Interface

lat/lon/alt

  • Copy From Drone: When Drone Status Check Pass, select Drone 1, click Copy From Drone button, copy drone 1 location, it shows the latitude(lat), longitude(lon) and altitude(alt) of Drone 1
  • Set Home: Click Set Home button, set home location to all drones (LED lights change to green, mean the drones are ready to fly)

Log System

Ground Station Interface

It shows the select drone's log system

LED Control

Ground Station Interface

Select the color, set the diffuse color(LED brightness), click Update button. We could control the LED Control Realtime when having the drone light show.

Takeoff

Ground Station Interface

  • Reboot All: Reboot all the drones
  • Land: The drones will automatically landing in current position (do not click it unless you know what it is!)

  • Turn On: Click the time to set the takeoff time, then click the Turn On button to finish the setting. The Turn On button will change to Turn OFF button, you could it to shut down the countdown setting.

  • Takeoff: When everything id Ok, Click the Takeoff button to begin your drone light show

RealTime 3D position view

Click Open Realtime 3D View to view drone's real time 3D position

RealTime 3D position view

Takeoff Countdown

  • Click the time In the lower right corner, set the takeoff time
  • Click the Turn On button, then it begin to countdown. Drones will takeoff when reach the set time
    • If the set time is less than now, it will give you a notice.
    • You could Turn off the countdown before the set time

Takeoff Countdown Setup

Operation Video