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Quick Start - A Start to Finish Guide

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There are two main parts to successful data collection for drone mapping: Planning and Flight. For this Quick Start guide we will do a very minimal walkthrough to show the process from start to finish.

The walkthrough assumes that you already have the device connected to the remote and everything powered up. Open the DJI Go app just to make sure that everything is in working order. Close it before opening Map Pilot.

Note: Make sure you aircraft is set up properly for working with 3rd party apps by making sure it is set up properly and has the proper firmware.

 

 

PLANNING

  1. Identify the Survey Area. Make sure the terrain of the area is known and all tall features or structures are taken into consideration.
  2. Open the Flight Plan Stats pullout menu to see the metrics for the flight.
  3. Open the Altitude Adjustment pullout menu to check the current altitude flight will be planned for.
  4. Open the Map Control pullout menu to change the units.
  5. Place Boundary Markers by tapping and holding the locations where you would like define as the corners of your survey area.Boundary Markers can be single tapped to be removed or tapped and held again to be moved.A line is drawn between the first and second points since a valid flight plan has not yet been defined.As Boundary Markers are draw, the flight path with start to be formed.
  6. Use the Altitude Adjustment slider to adjust the altitude of the flight which determines the level of detail. Fine adjustments can be made by tapping on either side of the slider.
  7. Adjust Flight Path's primary pass direction using a two finger rotate gesture. Try to minimize partial passes while making sure the flight path is safe (including the flight path from the Home Point to the starting point and from the ending point to the Home Point).
  8. Open of the Map Control pullout menu to save the mission.
  9. Press the Save button on the left to save the mission for offline use or to repeat it.

 

FLIGHT 

  1. Manually launch the aircraft to a safe hovering elevation above the Home Point.
  2. Open the Flight Control pullout menu and push the Upload button. This will execute a pre-flight check to makes sure the system is ready to collect data.
  3. The mission will be automatically uploaded to the aircraft.
  4. Verify the programmed flight is correct by checking the light blue line. If everything looks OK, press the Start button to begin the flight. Be sure to check the first and last legs of the flight to verify that the home point was set properly.
  5. The aircraft will automatically ascend vertically to the cruising altitude and set the gimbal to nadir (straight down).
  6. The aircraft will automatically proceed to the beginning of the flight path.
  7. The aircraft will automatically navigate along the flight path taking images at appropriate intervals.
  8. Once the mission is complete, the aircraft will automatically proceed to the point above the Home Point.
  9. The aircraft will automatically descend and land at the Home Point.
  10. Mission is complete.
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Comments

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    Magnus Sæternes Lian

    Hi, I did my first flight with Map Pilot on a Phantom3 Pro Today (Fw 1.5) All went well, but some of the images is very blury.. So is there a recommended flight speed during mapping? I flew at an average of 7 m/s at 50M hight... Also there is not much light here in Norway at this time of the year so i guess this could be due to shutter issues.. Optimally the drone should stop for every picture i guess.. Thanks anyway great tool! :)

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    Kari Eloranta
    Dear Magnus, Perhaps you should update your Phantom 3 Pro's firmware to v 1.6.0040.
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    Tudor
    Magnus, The most recent release of Map Pilot has a few different exposure modes that are designed to work with lower light situations like you have in the northern latitudes.
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    Michael Pilsworth

    Hi there,
    Is the higher the altitude the better the resolution?
    Cheers
    Mike

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    Tudor

    The lower you fly the better the resolution. Flying higher has lower ground resolution but you will be able to cover more ground in a given amount of time.

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