Google Earth KML and Shapefiles are a simple file format that stores geographic data. Planning flights with KML or shapefiles gives you the flexibility to pre-plan missions with exact boundaries, even in remote areas.
Where can I get a KML or shapefile?
If you or your client do not have a KML or shapefile readily available, scroll down for instructions to make one using Google Earth and a free online converter.
1) Create a Google Earth KML and Shapefile
1. Open Google Earth and locate the area of interest
3. Name the Polygon > Click on
Style, Color menu > Select Outlined
4. Draw the polygon and Click
OK when it's done!
6. In Places window, right-click on the KML file created > Select
Save Place As...
Kml (*.kml) as Files of Type and Click
2) Install KML and SHP Import App to Your DroneDeploy Account
1. Go to DroneDeploy App Market
2. Install KML and SHP Import App by going to the Apps section on your account:
And then install the app:
3) Plan Your Flight Using Your Shapefile
1. Navigate to the Fly tab on the top panel of the project of your dashboard.
File under Import KML or SHP app
3. Select a valid file, Google Earth KML or Zipped Shapefile and click
4. Observe that file loaded correctly and continue planning the flight.