Setup and Mission Planning with DroneDeploy
Author: Daniel Date Posted:25 March 2016
Mapping with DroneDeploy is a fun new experience that produces amazing results. In this post we will be looking at how to get your craft setup and things to look out for.
Taking care of your craft and preperation will go a long way and ensure that you only capture good data.
- Don't forget the SD Card - There is nothing worse than getting to a location and finding you have forgotten your SD card. Always check before you leave you have all the equipment you will require when you get on site.
- Make sure you have enough storage space - Ensure that your SD Card is empty or has enough free space left, we suggest using a new card per task to reduce the risk of complete data loss should a SD card fail.
- Use the Right SD Cards - SD Cards can in various speeds, we always recommend a minimum of class 10 and ideally a class 10 U3. Using fast cards ensures you are able to write all the images to memory without having to worry about the cameras internal memory buffer.
- Use the latest firmware - This ensures complete compatibility with the app and also improvements on your crafts computer.
Keeping your lens clean will ensure that you capture usable images. A lens that has smudges, dirt, scratches etc should be removed, cleaned and replaced if needed.
It is best practice to use a fully charged battery for each flight.
Transmitter and Tablet
Mapping with your drone is no different to any other flight, always ensure that your transmitter and tablet/phone is charged. While a cellular connection is not required is does make is easier to plan flights in the field. If your tablet/phone does not have an internet connection you can preload maps and plans before you leave the home or office.
Once you have setup your craft and transmitter you can turn on your transmitter, craft and launch the app. The DroneDeploy app has an easy to use interface that allows the user to plan mapping missions quickly. Please note, only one app can be in control of the craft at any one time. You are not able to use DJI GO when using the DroneDeploy app. DroneDeploy handles all camera settings and controls the flight plan during flight.
When you first launch DroneDeploy will initialise and sync any flights you have saved/planned using your computer. Computer base planning will be covered later.
The DroneDeploy app will start going through its checks to ensure it is communicating correctly with the craft and camera. In this example we are using a DJI Phantom 3 Pro.
Now the fun begins, we can start planning our mission/area to map. Drag the solid white circles to the edges of the map where you wish to fly. If you want to add a circle in to change the shape or to avoid certain areas move one of the grey circles and it will turn white.
Once you have selected the area you want to map move the PAF switch on the rear of the transmitter to F (function) and press the green tick on the DroneDeploy App.
The app will go through a self check to make sure the mission is safe to fly. Checks include making sure the craft has adequate GPS, compass data is correct and the mission is not to large. Once the self checks have been done the plane icon will turn green and you are ready to fly.
Tap the green button and the craft will take off automatically and climb to the required altitude.
Though the flight is autonomous you can take control at any time by moving the PAF switch to P. Once you do this you have full control of the craft and can be used in emergency situations of to land manually.