Atlas Flight: Checklist

Before you leave

If you will not have internet access out in the field, pre-cache the area you will be flying using Atlas Flight. Pan and zoom the area in Atlas Flight using a reliable internet connection to cache the map for use offline. You may wish to do the same in the DJI Go app.

You can also log into your Atlas account from the app and select a field. The flight plan will be drawn over the field.

Preflight

  • Check connections and power on system

    • RedEdge & DLS OR Sequoia and Sunshine Sensor

      • Tape connections if needed

      • SD card points forward

      • If using MicaSense kit, ensure mast is secure (0.9mm hex key)

      • Camera is tilted at an angle that will point nadir while flying.

      • Lenses are clean

    • Remote Controller (RC)

      • USB cable to iOS device

      • Mode P for setup, then for launch switch to mode F for PH3 or mode P for PH4

    • Power on iPad, Remote, Drone

    • Check lights

      • Phantom and Remote (RC)

      • Camera (RedEdge/Sequoia)

    • Battery check, extra batteries

      • iPad

      • Remote

      • Drone

  • Connect to camera wifi (must be close to camera)

    • If there are any issues connecting, move closer to the camera, and try turning off the remote control temporarily to avoid any interference.
  • Connect to configuration page in a web browser (Sequoia: http://192.168.47.1 RedEdge: http://192.168.10.254)

    • Check for good GPS signal

    • Mag check (calibrate if needed)

    • Ensure storage capacity or specify storage location

    • Status lights

    • If using Sequoia, test sunshine sensor status (cover and observe measurements)

  • Open DJI Go App: Check and set/confirm flight limits

    • Confirm good GPS signal

    • Mag check (calibrate if needed)

    • Set max altitude

    • Set max distance

    • Set return to home altitude

    • Set battery warning levels

    • Set home point

    • Multiple Flight modes should be ON, mode F (mode P for PH4)

    • Remote controller signal lost behavior (return to home)

  • Atlas Flight: Verify drone and camera status (stay connected to camera WiFi)

  • Set alt, speed, overlap (default overlap 75%)

  • Capture calibrated reflectance panel (camera button)

  • Press “preflight” button (and stay connected to camera WiFi)

    • RC Mode F (mode P for PH4)

    • Verify mission settings

      • camera updates completed

    • Place drone in takeoff position (ok to lose camera WiFi now)

    • Press launch

      • Affirm DJI settings (geofence)

      • Warning "Be prepared to take control of the drone"

    • Press launch again to launch mission

During flight

  • Be prepared to take control (switching mode stops flight)

  • Monitor altitude, speed, and location

  • Remote control will beep when coming home

After flight

  • Capture calibrated reflectance panel (camera button)

  • Confirm that camera is still connected and powered on, and that there is still a GPS signal.

  • Sequoia: Connect to Sequoia WiFi and check to make sure all of the images are there in the “gallery” page.

  • RedEdge: Connect to RedEdge WiFi and check coverage page.

 

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