First Flight Setup
A checklist of what requires to be ensured before a flight with the new DiaB system runs smoothly and as desired.
With the new DiaB system fully set up and ready to go, the operator can now move on to planning and executing the first flight!
Let's start with stationing the drone and box at the desired location. The operator can place the box on any surface - be it an industrial site, rooftop, or truck bed.
FlytBase's Precision Landing module can be configured to enable the drone to stably land itself on the docking station (DS). Every box has an ArUco marker on its landing pad, which the drone uses to accurately position itself before landing.
Now that the drones have a new 'home' to go to after completing a flight (i.e., the DS), the operator can set appropriate safety actions, such as Return to Docking Station (RTDS) and Return to Safe Location (RTSL), Land during events such as a low battery or network connectivity loss.
To ensure high-quality data capture during an automated mission, it is advisable to have all media stored on the drone SD Card.
To do this, go to the Media section of the dashboard settings and set Save Media Location to SD Card.
Collision Avoidance settings
Executing a mission involves a series of routines that the DS performs to get the drone up in the air, maintain its battery health, and initiate battery swapping/charging. The DS executes routines that are in the Docking Station Utility window on the FlytBase dashboard. The docking station goes through these routines to prepare the drone before it takes off and after it lands, this also helps in procuring drone safety and smooth proceedings.
Before executing a mission, ensure that the drone and docking station are on & linked and even the RC Power is turned on.
To ensure that the docking station enclosure closes only when the drone has safely landed inside the station, it is recommended that the user enables landing verification in the docking station settings. The Docking station auto mode must be enabled to use this feature. How this works: Once the drone lands inside the box, it looks for the ArUco markers on the enclosure panel and confirms a safe landing.
The Landing verification feature works only with the docking stations equipped with ArUco markers on the inside of the front panel of the enclosure.
currently supported ds are Hextronics and Idiployer
While running missions in manual mode, the operator will be required to execute the appropriate DS routine at each stage of the flight.
When the mission starts, initially the operator will need to trigger the Pre-take routine. This is will appear as a pop-up, which the operator can execute with the click of a button.
Trigger Pre-take off
Next, the operator needs to run the pre-flight checklist to ensure the right mission configuration and required parameters for a smooth flight. When the operator has checked all items, click on Execute.
The drone will now take off to the prefixed altitude of the first waypoint. The operator will be able to verify successful take-off via the telemetry info on the left panel or the live drone feed on the top-right of the dashboard.
The operator will now see a dialogue box at the bottom of the screen to confirm if the drone has taken off. If the drone has taken off, click Yes; otherwise, click No. Next, execute the Post-takeoff routine.
Trigger post take off
When the drone completes traversing all the waypoints, the mission finish action will be triggered (in this case, RTDS). The operator will now be prompted to execute the Pre-land routine as the drone approaches the DS for landing.
The operator will be able to verify the successful landing via the telemetry info on the left panel or the live drone feed on the top-right of the dashboard. If the drone has landed, click Yes on the dialogue box at the bottom of the screen; else, click No.
Now the operator is all ready for their maiden flight with FlytBase.🤝
After completing a mission, operators can navigate to the Flight Logs section on the dashboard to analyze and review the mission data.