The Mission Planner Software
Update #10025  |  06 Jun 2013

As i've explained in the brief description of the project, the Seastick can execute a mission by itself.. but of course we have to tell how the mission should be.. where to go, the speed, the coordinates of every waypoint, the deepness etc..

Seastick Mission Planner

We have a software to control the vehicle and in the beginning we imagined to implement a mission planner inside it.. but we realized that the mission have to be planned before the action, maybe "offline"... maybe at home.. not necessarily on the go.

Another reason is that the control station should be simple, because when you're on the run you don't want so many buttons.. just few and big. When you're out for the run, there is the sunlight, the reflections on the sea, and you have to pay attention on what happens.. the mission planning wants your attention.. so better do it before.

This is a demo video of our software:

This is a simple software, it is possible to geolocalize the map, giving the center Latitude and Longitude and the lenght of the map's side. When the map is localized you can design your mission manually, just clicking with the mouse on the panel. On every waypoint that you insert manually you have to declare the deep and the speed of the vehicle from that WP. The table on the right side is used to keep all your data related to every waypoint. If you need to change some value you can do it directly on the table, and the map will change accordingly. It's also possible to automatically draw a winding, giving the number of coils, the lenght, the rotation respect to the north, a global deepness and a global description. When the winding is designed, if you want you can change the data (expecially those are filled toghether like deep and description). We have placed this auto function because this kind of design is often used to map the sea bed, using the side scan sonar or even the sub-bottom using a sub-bottom profiler.

When the mission is complete, it can be saved in a proprietary format (which include all needed values for the mission), it's also possible to export it as .KML , a format compatible with Google Earth. The KML format gives you  the ability to view the mission on the very nice GUI of GE , even if we loose some data (like description and speeds of every WP). It's also possible to draw a mission inside Google Earth, exporting it to KML then importing it in our mission planner and fill up all needed fields!

Hope you like it!