- Feb 5, 2019
Using Litchi, how were you able to "let go" and let the spark do an autonomous mission? Do you trust it to come back?
That was a home made craft 17km and about 1.5km to go before the fail.That trip to the gas station sure looked long. Im in Europe and they crippled the spark in the last software update. Its no konger possible to fly in FCCMode.
Yes, out of sight and lost the signal too for about 20+ seconds, when it was 1200 meters away across dense residential areas. Still, the Spark finish the mission to the last waypoint.I'm specifically talking about the spark. I'm talking to anyone who would let this baby drone out of their sight. does it seem to accomplish missions?
I can imagine those minutes of waiting to regain your signal. Alas, the lack of an actual 3rd gimbal axis on Spark really shows here. I wonder though if the same route is flown on a drone with 3-axis gimbal, like say Mavic Air, will the result be better....This video was taken this week with my Spark. Sped up 5x for most of it. It's the village of Fontmell Magna, Dorset, England. I was working there this week so had a play. Leap of faith really, as I knew I'd lose contact very fast.
I used Litchi and preplanned the flight at home. Checked on Google Earth that it was high enough to miss everything by exporting 3D KML option. I lost communication very quickly and spent best part of 10 minutes hoping Sparky was OK. It was a great feeling seeing him back in communication and flying towards me to land The run was just over 1.5 miles and was 0.4 miles away from me at the furthest point. I did get a bit of a wind gust causing a wobble on the video towards the end, but perfect otherwise.
The key I think is to pre plan the mission. Check on Google Earth that it's high enough, and if you are on Windows you can also use VLM to check the flight height and even run a virtual mission to simulate the footage you will get to a reasonably useful degree.
I'm saving up for oneI can imagine those minutes of waiting to regain your signal. Alas, the lack of an actual 3rd gimbal axis on Spark really shows here. I wonder though if the same route is flown on a drone with 3-axis gimbal, like say Mavic Air, will the result be better....