To be airborne, a Ground Station Controller (GSC) or a smartphone app connected with a remote control system, also known as ground control, needs to be in place. Most UAVs have dual Global Navigational Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GPS and GLONASS. Gyro stabilization and IMU technology provide smooth flight capabilities. They also utilize GCP (Ground Control Points), or nowadays RTK (Real Time Kinematic) or PPK (Post Processed Kinematic) technologies for mapping.
These powerful and portable solutions use operating systems and firmware, which can be programmed and updated. Lately, intelligent flight systems, most of which are autonomous systems, and modes such as Follow Me, Active Tracking, Waypoints, Return To Home, have been already implemented in drones. External drone software such as 3D mapping, photogammetry and smart vision software provide insights and crucial data for businesses.