This article will explain the real-time mapping feature and associated functionality from ParrotFields whilst flying the Parrot Bluegrass drone.


Real-time mapping

Once all preflight steps have been completed the drone will be ready for take-off and data acquisition can begin.

1. Tap the TAKEOFF icon to begin the flight.

2. The drone will take off and proceed to mission height and start flying to the chosen capture path.

3. When real-time mapping is selected as the flight type, the Sequoia camera will begin to capture data.  A camera icon will appear on the flight path at the location where an image(s) have been taken.  An NDVI map will begin to appear automatically as the images are collected and processed.

4. The flight status icons show the flight height, drone battery, storage space and controller battery status respectively.

Note: if you need to take manual control of the drone at any point tap the PAUSE icon.  Full control of the drone is instantly restored.


5. Once the mission is complete the drone will return to its initial take-off location.

6. Once the drone has landed the mission completed screen will display the number of images captures, size of data written to memory and the flight duration.  The download process will be automatic.

Note: to cancel the download tap CANCEL DOWNLOAD and to restart download tap START DOWNLOAD.rtm_2.png

7. (Optional) Tap FLY AGAIN to repeat the mission process.

8. Alternatively, tap CONTINUE to proceed.

9. The project view will be displayed with both the NDVI and digital surface model layers produced from your flight data.rtm_3.png

10. Layer tools are now enabled including the annotation tool which can be used to create the aerial scouting path, see Aerial Scouting section.


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