Parrot has a new drone, but the French company would really rather you think of the new Anafi Ai as a 4G-connected flying robot. Tapping cellular data for better, broader range, and a new 3D vision system for obstacle avoidance, Anafi Ai’s other big boast is an open-source platform that effectively turns the drone into a flying computer for surveys, … Continue reading
While most companies in the eVTOL industry are fighting to get their helicopter-like commercial vehicles through regulations and certifications, Airspeeder hopes to begin its flying car races before the end of 2021. The Podracing-type sport will start with three unmanned races before hosting its first crewed race in 2022.
So I pulled my 2 year old DJI Mini (original version) out of the hanger for the first flight of the season today. I updated everything recently, and was expecting a normal flight. Never trust in your expectations.
I powered up hopefully, and opened up the Android flight app. Immediately a notification screamed that the GPS not working. OK. No idea why, but before I spent too much time worrying about it, the drone decided that it needed to calibrate it’s compass.
‘Ahh…THAT must be it’. I figured that could fix the GPS issue, so I proceeded to calibrate…but calibration failed. Wait, what?
After a frustrating couple of tries, I noticed a recommendation to calibrate at 1.5 m height…so, took 3 steps down, off the deck and SUCCESS! Prepare for takeoff!
Everything powered on. GPS lock. Home point updated and map position verified…but where’s the camera image? It records, takes photos, gimbal moves up and down but just a black screen and blank screen videos and pics. WTF?!?
Powered down. Rebooted everything. Cleared the cache. Nothing. There aren’t any updates and resetting the camera defaults failed. Finally in desperation, I tried uninstalling the Android app and reinstalling. BINGO! Back in business.
After resetting safety settings and a quick pre-flight, check, I took off from the picnic table, and had a perfect flight after that. But for awhile there I was sure some mysterious hardware failure had occurred during its winter in storage, and was freaking out that my drone might be broken. Luckily it was just a software glitch.
Just goes to prove the Tech Support Credo: If rebooting doesn’t fix it, reinstalling it will.
Hope this helps some other pilots out there who might be in the same hell-bound boat. ~Jamie
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The U.S. Navy still has no idea who sent a swarm of drones to buzz warships off the coast of California in July 2019, or really even what kind of drones they were or what they were doing, NBC News reported on Monday.
DJI has revealed its latest drone, with the DJI FPV promising a first-person viewpoint for pilots and a new, single-handed motion controller for easier flying. Described by the company as a hybrid drone, it claims to combine the speed and agility of a racer while still delivering the cinematic camerawork of a traditional model. The FPV can fly at up … Continue reading
DJI’s first-person view drone still hasn’t been announced, but that isn’t stopping enthusiasts from getting hands-on time. The Verge reports that Dominion Drones briefly shared a video (reposted by SpiderMonkey FPV) where it unboxed the &…
In the autumn of 2020, there were multiplereports of a mysterious jetpacker flying over Los Angeles International Airport. Was it Iron Man? The Rocketeer? One of Tom Delonge‘s government-sanctioned UFO projects?
A long time ago, when drones were first coming on the market, it wasn’t uncommon at all for them to suddenly stop responding and simply fly away. As expensive as drones can be, this is a big problem as often they travel so far that it’s impossible to find them. This problem is much less common today, but as expensive … Continue reading