The UAVs panel provides a comprehensive overview of the used UAVs in a compressed or list form. The list form contains much more individual information, but the number of UAVs visible at once is less. The compressed form is optimized to show only the most important status information, but for as many drones as possible in minimal space.

To change between the list and compressed views, press the corresponding buttons on the top right corner of the panel.

List view

In the list view, every line corresponds to one UAV. Each line shows the physical and show ID of the UAV, its overall status, flight mode, battery level, GPS fix state, position, altitude, heading, actual color and other show-specific details.

UAVs panel list view

The green color represents flawless functions, as everywhere in Skybrush Live.

Compressed view

In the compressed view each UAV is shown as a small icon with only the most important information on it: physical and show ID, overall status (also indicated by color) and battery level.

UAVs panel compressed view

Grouping UAVs

The UAV lists are separated into groups. The name of each group is always written above the actual group, with a checkbox on its left that allows selection of the whole group with a single click.

Depending on the mode used (e.g., normal mode or mission ID assignment mode) different groups are created automatically.

Sorting UAVs

UAVs in both the list view and the compressed view can be sorted according to different features, such as mission or physical IDs, battery levels, altitude etc. To change the key according to which UAVs are sorted, press the oval Sort by button at the right side of the UAV list header.


The actual sorting key is displayed on the button (the default is "Default").

You can also switch between ascending or descending sorting by clicking on the arrow on the right side of the Sort by button or by selecting "Ascending" or "Descending" from the popup list when the button is pressed.

Sorting is done within each UAV group separately.

In the list view, the sorting key can also be selected by clicking on the corresponding header element. The actually selected sorting key is highlighted with an underscore. To change between ascending/descencing sorting, press the given header once more.

Filtering UAVs

When working with a lot of drones at the same time, it is very useful to get a filtered view based on different criteria. This can be done by the oval Filter by button at the right side of the UAV list header.


The actually selected filter is displayed on the button and the color of the button changes according to the filter used.

Currently the following filters can be selected:

  • Warnings and errors

  • Errors only

  • Inactive UAVs only

Filtering should be treated as a lower bound on the severity level of the actual status of the UAVs (i.e. "All" contains all UAVs, "Warn/Err" contains UAVs with warnings OR errors and "Errors" contains UAVs with errors only). The advantage of this concept is safety: errorous UAVs can never be hidden by the users.

Show ID assignment

If multiple UAVs are used in the same mission, the trajectories of the mission (show ID) need to be mapped to the physical drones (physical ID).

Show ID assignment can be changed manually, or automatically.

To change the mapping from the UAVs panel, you need to press the Edit mapping icon at the top left corner of the panel to enter edit mode.

Automatic show ID assigment

For an automatic mapping between show IDs and physical IDs you need to prepare the followings:

  1. Load a mission

  2. Setup the home/takeoff positions

  3. Position your drones to your physical takeoff positions in any order

If you are done, and you are in edit mode, select Assign spares from the edit mode menu at the top left corner of the panel.

You can also use the Setup takeoff area button on the Show control panel to perform the automatic mapping.

Manual show ID assignment

Once the mapping tool at the top of the UAVs panel is in edit mode, you can assign physical IDs to individual show IDs. Always follow the instructions on the top of the panel. Note that show ID representations are always preceeded with an 's' to be easily distinguishable from physical IDs (e.g. s05).

If done, press the Exit mapping icon to save the current mapping.

Mapping import and export

Mappings can be exported to and imported from simple text files containing two columns: show IDs and corresponding physical IDs

To import or export a mapping enter mapping edit mode and select the corresponding function from the edit mode menu at the top left corner of the UAVs panel.

Show ID sorting and filtering

There are two further icons at the top left corner of the UAVs panel:

Sort by mission IDs

Press this icon to change the ordering of drones from physical IDs to mission IDs.

Hide empty mission slots

Press this icon to hide all show IDs that are not yet assigned to any physical IDs.

UAV control

The list view allows for individual or swarm control of UAVs to a limited extent. Use the top left corner of the toolbar of the UAVs panel to send one of these commands to the selected drones:

  • Takeoff

  • Land

  • Return to home

  • Open properties dialog

  • Flash lights

  • Arm motors

  • Disarm motors

  • Reboot

  • Power off

Use with care! Taking of with a single or multiple UAVs is your sole responsibility. Do that only if you have already prepared your drones and yourself for the proper mission.

Other features

The Remove from list icon allows you to remove selected UAVs from the list (they will appear again when the next status packet arrives from them).