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Flying Multi-Battery Missions

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Creating Big Maps Using Multiple Batteries

The best part of Map Pilot is its ability to help mappers estimate and optimize the flight path required to map a given area. Even when this area will require more than one battery to complete, Map Pilot will estimate the number of batteries required and keep track of where each battery leaves off.

Changing Batteries

After the aircraft lands, power it down normally, swap the battery and power it back up normally. As soon as the camera preview window has live video in it again and the red triangle has shown back up, the aircraft is ready to manually takeoff and upload the remainder of the flight.


Mission Estimates

When planning a mission, the requirement for multiple batteries is denoted in the Flight Plan Statistics pullout (top left) and also on the map shown by the alternating white and grey flight paths. The image below shows a flight plan which will require 4 batteries.


Mission Planning only takes the Battery Maximum Flight Duration setting into account. Battery Timer settings from 11 to 18 minutes will be reflected in the estimated flight duration and flight path estimations. Battery Limited operation simply reflects a battery duration of 24 minutes which is longer than any DJI aircraft can currently fly (aside from the Matrice with two batteries). Estimates for Battery Limited operation will be less accurate than the Battery Timer settings.

There are three things that can bring an aircraft home to swap out a battery:

  • Battery Timer Running Out
  • Battery Running Out of Power
  • Return to Home Buttons

Any time the aircraft lands, there will be a message that states the Flight N is complete where N is the count of total flights.


Battery Timers

A Battery Timer of 11 to 18 minutes will send the aircraft home when the aircraft has been in the air for the nominated amount of time. This can be useful for cases where you know that conditions will limit your battery duration and you want to have a really accurate count of required batteries.

The pilot will know more about the state of their batteries than Map Pilot will and can use Battery Timers to share this information with the app.


Return To Home Buttons

At any time during flight, the user can either push the "Go Home" button in the Flight Control pullout (top right) or the Return to Home button on the remote control. This will drop an Abandonment Point and the aircraft will return home.

Remember to set you Return to Home height appropriately in the DJI Go app.


Battery Power Triggered Return To Home

The smart batteries in the Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 drones know how much power it will take them to get home. When the aircraft realizes that it is further away than it has power to get home, it will immediately head for home and draw a Abandonment Point on the Map Pilot map.

We have tested this extensively and have had no problems with it. Remember that the aircraft's distance to home power requirement will likely be wrong in the case of a stiff headwind so keep that in mind. 


Abandonment Point 

Abandonment Points are the blue dots that get drawn any time the aircraft leaves its intended flight path to head for home. After going home and getting a new battery, it will proceed back to the blue point and continue on with the mission.





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    Veha La
    What happen if we need to close everything including the app, drone,... for example in case of raining? How can we resume the flight mission?
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    You can restart the partially finished mission as long as you haven't cleared it.

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    This is huge! Wow, testing today.

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    Veha La

    It is not possible to draw a bit more complete study shape. It always give much bigger study area.

    Edited by Veha La
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    What do you do when it does not want to resume to the Abandonment Point (blue dot)? 


    Edited by Jason
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    Mike Werrell

    I'm still having trouble with my Phantom 3 Pro wanting to come home at 50 or 60% battery remaining, from distances of only a couple hundred meters. I've calibrated my batteries, and the battery timer is set to unlimited. Is there anything else I can check/do to prevent my drone coming home so early? It shouldn't be landing with 45% battery remaining.

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    Are there written instructions available for Map Pilot/ Maps Mad Easy.

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    I hope I am posting in the right area, if not, administration please put where it is supposed to be

    1. I stopped in the middle of a 5 battery mission a week ago because my iPad was dangerously low. Because my VO mistakenly took the micro SD card with the pictures I decided to go today and redo the whole mission. When I went to my saved mission, to my surprise, it was saved where I left off a week ago. I didn't have the pictures so I wanted to erase the partial mission and didn't know how. Can you erase the images taken in a partially flown mission, like in my situation, without deleting the mission and re drawing it ? And if I had the micro SD with the pictures could I of continued the partial mission to completion?

    2. I was capturing nicely with MP and all of the sudden a window comes up on my iPad screen I think it said "An aircraft has been detected Inspire 1". I clicked the ok under it and it went away and I noticed that the program was not taking pictures in the amount of time the window was open. Picture attached. What happened? Can I go back to the area that has the missing picture and recapture and add to my processing or what do you suggest?

    Thx in advance

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    1. We recommend taking all of the images in one consistent sitting if possible. Breaking it up between different days will give the data different lighting conditions which will cause issues during processing. The files do not all have to be in the same SD card but be careful when switching cards because it will give you duplicate filenames which makes the file management a bit harder.

    2. If that popup came up in the middle of flight it was likely caused by the cable between the iOS device and the remote coming unplugged for a bit. That's bad. Always use genuine Apple cables that are in good shape to keep this from happening. For that area that was missing you could use the manual restart point feature to take the partial pass over again.

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