I just picked up my SV Journey V2700 today… I’ve been reading and studying up on ArduPilot and I’m pretty computer-tech savvy to boot with a few years of RC fixed wing gas flying experience via my grandfather when I was 10-14 years of age… however I attempted a series of manual test flights with the V2700 in my somewhat dense residential neighborhood this evening only to end in near disaster…
Wind conditions were calm: 1-3 MPH steady with gusts up to 5-8 MPH.
The drone, however appeared to lose connection at a distance of roughly 15-25 feet at which point it would just drift with the wind until it ran into a tree or my neighbor’s house. I’m not exactly sure of the causality yet and I did not have a MicroSD onboard to log data. Does anyone know what may have caused this? I referenced being in my backyard because there may be some decent 2.4 GHz interference from neighbor’s houses - I can check with a spectrum analyzer tomorrow - but I highly suspect that is the case due to poor performance on my 2.4 GHz WiFi within my own house.
I’ve managed to get the drone and Mission Planner to chat it up using an external high-gain 2.4 GHz WiFi NIC with both directional and omni-directional antenna. I still need to set one of the buttons to set the drone to auto mode - I’m thinking the Stunt button will do nicely as that feature doesn’t appeal to me or my purposes. Is there anything else that I’m missing?
I plan to perform a manual and an ArduPilot test flight at a municipal sports park which is drone friendly and a few minutes away from the house in the coming days. Once I get my confidence I’ll travel the 35 minutes to my “local” RC flying field for more advanced proving. However, I am concerned that I’ll be chasing the drone across several football fields if it goes dead stick like it did tonight…
My concern is loss of signal on the drone: Provided I give the drone an “out and back” flight plan, should it do fine leaving the range of the transmitter? From what I’ve read, ArduPilot should handle this scenario just fine but I’m worried about any customization to the firmware SV may have loaded to make it go dead stick like I saw tonight. That’s my major concern.
That all being said, what advice do you have for me?
Additionally: I keep seeing programmable controllers being a thing (they weren’t really a thing 20+ years ago), in particular the Taranis… What should I look for in a programmable? I’m looking to expand my RC hangar to more rotary and fixed wing airframes for outdoor flying.