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Will their ever be a significant firmware for spark in the future!?

Derek

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Just wondering if their will be any new features or upgrades?
 

Andre Levite

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It's probably not the sort of "feature" you were hoping for but...

DJI is under a lot of governmental and economic pressure to employ stricter geofencing. I have heard rumblings of forced participation in LAANC once the system is fully operational. For example: aircraft cannot take off without entering a LAANC approval code in certain sensitive areas. Worst case scenario would be requiring this step for every flight. It sounds awful but also inevitable. The FAA went to a lot of effort to create this system and they will certainly use it further control the low altitude airspace.

And on a more positive note.... Litchi-like waypoint missions. Please
 
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The Spark already does Litchi waypoint missions. Or do you mean via the DJI GO4 software? Why wait? Just use Litchi!
Yes, I want it included on the official app. Do not want to run into a situation where DJI says the warranty and DJI Care Refresh is void since I was using a 3rd party app.
 

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Thats the only reason why I have not downloaded Litchi or any other control software. I want to be able to work with DJI if there are any incidents.
 

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Litchi only works because DJI offers an API, which they did so third-parties could write apps. I've worked with Litchi on and off for 3 years and as long as your keep the waypoints high enough and don't run the battery low it's a great app. I believe properly designed waypoint missions are less risky and more efficient than manual control flight.
 
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Litchi only works because DJI offers an API, which they did so third-parties could write apps. I've worked with Litchi on and off for 3 years and as long as your keep the waypoints high enough and don't run the battery low it's a great app. I believe properly designed waypoint missions are less risky and more efficient than manual control flight.
I would fully agree with you for heavier professional drones with longer range and endurance time (lets say starting with Mavick). But with 10mn flight time, 2km max realistic range, i dont see the added value of way points for Spark in most of the cases. In addition, great part of the fun comes from "manual" control.
 

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i dont see the added value of way points for Spark in most of the cases.
I don't have Litchi (yet), but I can see me using it to track the progress of a building site (new homes), or construction of a bridge or something.

You can plan a waypoint mission and send the Spark up to the same location every time and take the photos or videos of the progress.

Flying a path down a river over the season and blending the footage together for nice video.

They don't always have to be long distance, out of sight, hope that the Spark come home missions.
 
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I would fully agree with you for heavier professional drones with longer range and endurance time (lets say starting with Mavick). But with 10mn flight time, 2km max realistic range, i dont see the added value of way points for Spark in most of the cases. In addition, great part of the fun comes from "manual" control.
To each his own I guess. I will say the Spark can do 4km no problem at ~20MPH with the efficiency of a waypoint mission. A waypoint mission wastes no time/battery hovering, going up when you wanted to go forward, away from you when you wanted to get closer, things like that.

If I wanted to go all-out on manual control I'd get a cheap copter or build a racing drone.
 

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