Version 1.3.0 Reasons for new versions : RC Calibration (1st step of the upcoming feature) Come back at 50m altitude after return to home procedure Initiate a RTH in case of wifi disconnection during landing phase Version 1.2.1 Improvement of landing procedure (linear and circular) Shortening delay of take off from 3 s to 1 s. Version 1.1.1 Reasons for new versions : Geo-fence default max distance set to 2km instead of 500m Home position set to last take-off position instead of GPS fix position Take-off forbidden in manual RC mode if no GPS fix Version 1.1.0 Reasons for new versions : New video recording settings available with FreeFlight Pro 4.1.11 . Recording 1080p and FPV streaming in 480p (by default). Recording in 720p and FPV streaming in 720p. Pitot calibration(available on FreeFlight 4.1 and superior) Beta Ardupilot support Remove the loiter radius setting (FreeFlight 4.1 and superior) Minor bug fixes Version 1.0.5 This software is mandatory to update Disco products from 1.0.3 and before => 1.1.X Fix rare GPS loss issues Fix PUD issue after 30mn of flight Minor bug fixes
Question How to reset the Parrot Disco? Answer Quckly press the on/off button twice , then hold the button for about 10 seconds. > The on/off button flashes orange and red before the Parrot Disco shuts down. Switch on the Parrot Disco to complete the reset process. Use this process to reset the settings and erase the memory of the Parrot Disco. This process does not erase the firmware version installed on the drone.
Arduplane is an open source Autopilot. APM aims experimented users, who wish to use the Parrot Disco and C.H.U.C.K. for experimentation. A Ardupilot version is integrated on the firmware 1.1.0 and above. To switch from Parrot Autopilot to APM, press shortly the ON/OFF buttons 3 times in a row. Then, you must use a RC control to pilot the Parrot Disco (compatibility is listed on Parrot Github) It is possible to switch between the use of Parrot Disco with Parrot Autopilot and Skycontroller 2 or Ardupilot combined with a RC controller. You will find all ressources necessary to build you own version of Ardupilot and install it on the C.H.U.C.K. here : Github Parrot about APM
1. Installing a Ground Control Station To set the Parrot C.H.U.C.K's parameters, you must install a GCS (Ground Control Station). We selected APM Planner 2.0. Download it from: http://firmware.eu.ardupilot.org/Tools/APMPlanner/ APM Planner version 2.0.24 is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Documentation (in English) is available from the ardupilot website: http://ardupilot.org/planner2/ Note: There are other GCSs of the same type, such as Mission Planner and QgroundControl, that work in the same way. 2. Installing the APM software on Parrot C.H.U.C.K Install FileZilla. Go to http://firmware.eu.ardupilot.org/Plane/stable/disco/. Download the latest stable version of APM Plane for Parrot C.H.U.C.K: arduplane. Rename the file apm-plane-disco (with no extension). Switch the Parrot C.H.U.C.K. on. Wait approximately 15 seconds, until the blue LED flashes at a frequency of about 1 Hz. Connect to the Parrot C.H.U.C.K. Disco-XXXXXX access point. Run FileZilla. Go to Edit, then open the Preferences or Settings menu. The Preferences or Settings window opens. In Transfers select File Types. Uncheck the Treat files without extension as ASCII file checkbox, then click OK. Figure 1: Changing the type of file to be transferred Enter the address 192.168.42.1 in the Host field, then click Quickconnect. Create a folder in internal_000 and name it APM. Copy file apm-plane-disco into the APM folder. Figure 2: Copying the file apm-plane-disco to Parrot C.H.U.C.K Press the Parrot C.H.U.C.K’s on/off button three times to launch APM. The LED flashes red and blue then slowly flashes yellow. 3. Configuring the remote control (Futaba T10J) By default, controls for roll, pitch, motor and yaw are sent over channels 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively. These channels cannot be changed with the Futaba T8J and T10J remote controls. For consistency, we decided to add a three-way switch to channel 5. This switch will be our gear to change flight mode. The radio is therefore configured as follows: Channel Operation 1 Aileron 2 Elevator 3 Throttle 4 Rudder 5 Gear 4. Configuring Parrot C.H.U.C.K The Parrot C.H.U.C.K has 7 outputs (6 x 3-pin servo connectors + motor I2C ESC output). The motor I2C ESC can be used for a brushless motor and for the Parrot Disco. The Parrot C.H.U.C.K output channels are configured as follows: Channel output Physical output 1 Pin 1 2 Pin 6 3 Sortie I2C ESC moteur 4 Pin 2 5 Pin 5 6 Pin 3 7 Pin 4 For example, Parrot Disco has two servomotors as well as a brushless motor. Figure 3: Parrot Disco The left servomotor is connected to pin 1, the right servomotor to pin 6, and the brushless motor to the I2C ESC output. Once this is done, you can control the Parrot Disco by plugging in a receiver, since the outputs now map to channels 1, 2 and 3, i.e. the aileron, elevator and throttle, sent over channels 1, 2 and 3 by the remote control. Parrot C.H.U.C.K performs mixing between output channels 1 and 2 to both servomotors. 4.1 3S Configuration using the Parrot C.H.U.C.K output Our Acrobat plane has four servomotors: one for each aileron one for the elevator one for the rudder Use a Y-connector to connect the two aileron servomotors to pin 1. Connect the elevator servomotor to pin 6. Connect the rudder servomotor to pin 2, which maps to channel 4. Our configuration looks like the table below: Radio channel output C.H.U.C.K channel output C.H.U.C.K physical output Function 1 1 Pin 1 aileron 2 2 Pin 6 elevator 3 3 I2C ESC motor throttle 4 4 Pin 2 rudder 5 NA NA gear Now, we just need to connect the Futaba receiver to the Parrot C.H.U.C.K to complete the installation shown below (with a single servomotor for the aileron): Figure 4: Configuration using the Parrot C.H.U.C.K. motor output However, the Acrobat plane’s manual recommends using a 4S battery, so we decided to use the ESC delivered with the plane to take advantage of the motor's maximum power. We chose pin 5, mapping to output channel 5. We’ll be using a 2800mAh 4S battery to supply both the motor and CHUCK, thanks to its connector. 4.2 4S Configuration using the ESC delivered with the plane Figure 5: 4S Configuration using the ESC Our 4S configuration is : Radio channel output C.H.U.C.K channel output C.H.U.C.K physical output Function 1 1 Pin 1 aileron 2 2 Pin 6 elevator 3 5 Pin 5 throttle 4 4 Pin 2 rudder 5 NA* NA* gear Please note: Channel 5 is only used for the gear. Commands from this channel are never sent to a servomotor. We’ll apply this configuration to our plane by fastening the Parrot C.H.U.C.K under the plane, at its centre of gravity, using hook-and-loop fasteners. Figure 6: Incorporating Parrot C.H.U.C.K in the plane The Pitot sensor included with Parrot C.H.U.C.K could have been disrupted because of the plane’s propeller and fuselage. So we recovered a tube with the same inner diameter to move the Pitot to one of the plane’s wings: Figure 7: Moving the Pitot to the plane’s wing Figure 8: Mounting Parrot C.H.U.C.K onto the Acrobat plane Figure 9: Mounting Parrot C.H.U.C.K onto the Acrobat plane 5. Establish the connection between the control sation and Parrot C.H.U.C.K Connect the SBUS receiver to the Parrot C.H.U.C.K (see figures 4 and 5) Switch the Parrot C.H.U.C.K. on, pair the receiver with the radio, then press the on/off button three times to run APM. Connect to the Parrot C.H.U.C.K access point (Disco-XXXXXX) Run APM Planner (or another control station). In the Communication tab, select UDP with port number 14550, then click Connect. The connection is made. To the right of the current flight mode, an icon shows the connection status: green when connected, red when disconnected. 6. Plane settings Caution : we strongly recommend removing the propeller before beginning. Parrot C.H.U.C.K. has an on-board list of settings that you can change to match our plane’s configuration. We recommend setting flight mode to “manual” in the config/tuning tab, so you can how the servomotors work in response to the control commands sent. By default, like the radio, APM sends the aileron over channel 1, the elevator over channel 2, the throttle over channel 3 and the rudder over channel 4. By moving the aileron and elevator joysticks on our radio, you can see mixing between pitch and the aileron, which must be disabled. To change the settings, activate advanced mode and open the full list of settings in Config/Tuning. To disable mixing, set the ELEVON_OUTPUT setting to 0. Since we connected the ESC to pin 5, we have to change the setting that sends motor commands over channel 3 (i.e. the Parrot C.H.U.C.K motor output) by default, and send the command over channel 5. Set the RC5_FUNCTION setting to 70. APM interprets this number as meaning that the servomotor on channel 5 is an auxiliary motor: http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-CHUCK-overview.html We also decided to change the min and max airspeeds for FBW flight modes and set them to 14 m/s and 24m/s respectively. ASPD_FBW_MAX = 24 ASPD_FBW_MIN = 14 7. Calibrating the radio Caution : remove the propeller before beginning. Once the servomotors’ mechanical trims with the radio are completed, you need to calibrate the remote control in APM. This calibration is done in Initial Setup > Radio Calibration. By moving the control joysticks and the gear switch, APM will get the min, neutral (trim) and max PWM values for each input channel, and use them for the corresponding output channels. APM will use the min, neutral and max PWM values for input channel 5 (the gear) and apply them to output channel 5 (the ESC), so you will have to manually change the settings for channel 5 by applying the values for output channel 3. Replace the values RC5_MIN, RC5_TRIM, RC5_MAX by those from RC3_MIN, RC3_TRIM, RC3_MAX. For more information, see the detailed procedure on the ardupilot website: http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-radio-control-calibration.html 8. Settings for the flight modes (Futaba T10J) In the APM Planner Initial Setup tab, open the Flight modes menu. You can parametrize the six flight modes from this menu. You can switch between the available flight modes by actioning the remote control switch for the gear. Figure 12: Flights modes in APM To switch to a flight mode, use the various positions of our gear. APM controls the change of flight mode according to the PWM sent by the remote control. Each flight mode maps to a given PWM range (see image 1). You can see the PWM sent on each radio channel in the Radio calibration menu. So, by moving the position of the gear's switch, you can see the various PWMs available and change flight mode. For example, with our Futaba T10J, the three positions of the switch (up, middle, down) respectively send by default PWMs of 964, 1514 and 2064, which map to flight modes 1, 4 and 6. To gain access to all the flight modes via the remote control, activate a “prog mix” with a 2-way switch that will alter the PWMs sent to the receiver. First, you need to change the gear’s end points to reduce the total PWM range. Instead of the default 100% for min and max, set the end points to 47%. Figure 13: End points In the Radio calibration menu, you can see that the min and max PWMs sent over channel 5 have been changed: 1255 for min and 1773 for max. However, the PWM for the neutral position has not changed. It is still set to 1514. With the minimum PWM now set to 1232, we no longer have access to APM flight mode 1. From now on, by changing the gear positions, the available flight modes are modes 2, 4 and 6. To access flight modes 1, 3 and 5, we’ll activate a “prog mix” with a 2-way switch as master and our gear as slave. The “prog mix” is only active when the switch is in the high position with a rate of+20%. With this rate, you can change the PWMs sent over channel 5 and get PWMs of 1204, 1462 and 1721 for the three positions of our gear. Figure 14: Prog mix We now have our six flight modes: Switches positions PWM values Flight mode Gear UP / Switch UP 1204 1 Gear UP / Switch DOWN 1255 2 Gear MID / Switch UP 1462 3 Gear MID / Switch DOWN 1514 4 Gear DOWN / Switch UP 1721 5 Gear DOWN / Switch DOWN 1773 6 Have a good flight ! ARDUPILOT The ArduPilot software on-board the Parrot C.H.U.C.K. is free software, distributed by Parrot Drones SAS under the GNU GPL v.3 licence. For more information on the terms and conditions of this licence, please see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html. Unofficial translations of this licence are also available at https://www.gnu.org/licenses/translations.en.html. PARROT DRONES SAS DOES NOT WARRANT AND CANNOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE PRE-LOADED VERSION OF THE ARDUPILOT SOFTWARE OR FOR ITS USE WITH PARROT C.H.U.C.K.
Via smartphone The FreeFlight Pro application can search for new updates only if your smartphone has already been connected once to Parrot Disco. 1. Make sure your smartphone is connected to the Internet. 2. Turn on Parrot Disco. 3. Launch the FreeFlight Pro application and wait for your smartphone to connect to the drone. 4. On the main page, tap Menus to open the left side bar. 5. Tap Check for updates, and select OK at the Update prompt; FreeFlight Pro updates itself. 6. Tap OK at the prompt to restart the drone. To check update information, go into FreeFlight Pro's main page, then tap DISCO-xxxxxx to open the drone's information page. Parrot Skycontroller 2 1. Connect your smartphone to the Parrot Skycontroller 2 with a micro-USB cable (supplied) 2. Turn on the Parrot Skycontroller 2. 3. At the FreeFlight Pro main page, go to FLY&FILM. 4. In the cockpit view window, tap Settings 5. On the Settings page, scroll down and tap the Controller icon, then tap CHECK FOR UPDATES.
1. Where can I find the software version of my Parrot Disco? First, connect to your Parrot Disco, then in the FreeFlight Pro application, click on the name of your device (Example: DISCO-891012) Finally, on the next screen you will see various information about your Parrot Disco, including its software version 2. Where can I find the version of the FreeFlight Pro application? Launch the FreeFlight Pro application, then click on the context menu, you will see the version of the application 3. Where can I find the version version of my Parrot Skycontroller 2? First, connect to your Parrot Disco, then in the FreeFlight Pro (Fly & Film) application, click the settings icon "(toothed wheel)" Then, on the menu on the left, select Controller. Finally, you will see information about your Parrot Skycontroller 2, including its software version
You can plan your flights using the in-app Flight Plan, available in in-app purchase on FreeFlight Pro. *Note that you need to create and load your flight plan before taking off. Summary Create a Flight Plan Fly with Flight Plan Create a Flight Plan 1. Make sure your smartphone is connected to Internet and the GPS is on. 2. In FreeFlight Pro, select Flight Plan. *Note: you can also launch Flight Plan from the main menu by tapping . 3. At the PRODUCT CHOICE prompt, select Disco. >A a satellite view of your area appears. To see the satellite view in 3D, slide two fingers upwards. When in 3D mode, the control interface disappears. To display the controls again, slide two fingers downward to return to the satellite view. *Note: You need an Internet connection to display the satellite view. If you want to fly in an area without Internet connection, create and save your flight plan beforehand. **Note: Make sure your flight route is located in an area unobstructed by power lines, buildings, residences, and trees. Plan a route Place waypoints Waypoints help you create a precise, autonomous flight plan using Disco’s GPS feature. *Note: Before launching Flight Plan, make sure your smart devices are connected to the internet, and turn on GPS. To place waypoints: 1. Tap on the map to create a waypoint. > The first waypoint appears. Waypoint bubbles are solid colored when first created. 2. Tap on the map again to create another waypoint. > A line connecting the two waypoints appears. The number at the center of the waypoint bubble indicates the drone's altitude in flight. The upper right-hand number indicates the order in which the waypoints were made: #1 is the first waypoint, #2 is the second way point, and so on. The number over the connecting line indicates the distance between two waypoints. S is the starting point, and the circle around the first waypoint means the drone will orbit over the starting point after launch. 3. Continue to make waypoints until you are satisfied with the route. To undo last action, tap Plan for landing After you have mapped your flight, you need to tell the Parrot Disco where and how to land. Linear landing This is the default landing pattern for the Parrot Disco, where the drone aligns itself with a "runway" and lands like a conventional aircraft. To set linear landing: 1. Press and hold on the last waypoint until the blue dialog box opens. 2. Select LINEAR LANDING (default) and the landing funnel graphic appears over the last waypoint. The landing funnel depicts the amount of distance the Parrot Disco needs to land. If necessary, zoom out to see the entire flight plan, and move the cone-by dragging the E or L bubbles-to another position on the map. (E = End point, L = Landing point) Circular landing During circular landing, the Parrot Disco will circle over the end point and descends in a spiral pattern. To set circular landing: 1. Press and hold on the E button after selecting linear landing. > The blue dialog box opens. 2. Select CIRCULAR LANDING. > The landing funnel disappears. 3. Drag the E button to relocate the landing site. The circle surrounding the button signifies the landing pattern. Circular landing requires an area of about 240 ft./80 m free of any obstacle all around. Editing Waypoints After you have created your route, you can go back and change various parameters of each waypoint. Change altitude There are two ways to change the altitude of the Parrot Disco in Flight Plan: Using the vertical slider 1. Tap a waypoint; the bubble turns solid, the blue dialog box opens, and the vertical slider becomes active. 2. Slide the button up or down to adjust the drone’s altitude. *Note: the maximum altitude is limited to 492 feet. Using the keypad 1. Press and hold a waypoint until the blue dialogue box opens. 2. Tap EDIT to open the “WAYPOINT” dialogue screen. 3. Enter a new altitude and then tap OK. Insert a waypoint on a line 1. Press and hold anywhere on a line where you want to insert a waypoint, and the blue dialogue box opens (notice the arrow indicating the point of insertion). 2. Tap INSERT. > A new waypoint appears. Saving a flight plan To save a new flight plan: 1. Tap at the upper-right corner. 2. Tap Save as on the Saved flight plans screen. 3. Use the keypad to enter a name for your flight plan and then tap Save. Open a saved flight plan Launch Flight Plan. Tap At the Saved flight plans screen, tap the flight plan you want to open. Tap Open Delete a flight plan Tap At the Saved flight plans screen, tap the flight plan you want to delete, the selected file turns blue. Tap Delete. When the dialogue box opens, select OK to confirm, or Cancel to return to the previous screen. Fly with Flight Plan. Make sure your Flight Plan is created and loaded. Switch on the Parrot Disco. Wait until the light turns green, indicating the GPS location is fixed. Connect your smartphone to Parrot Disco and launch FreeFlight Pro. On the main screen, press Flight Plan. Press Start. Stand facing the wind and launch the Parrot Disco into the wind. The Parrot Disco makes its way to the first waypoint and orbits 3 revolutions before starting the route you have defined.
The app FreeFlight Pro can display error codes to help you understand what happens with the drone. The table here displays the descriptions and recommended actions if available. Error # Description More details 1 Flight history default After landing : Flight history may be wrong. 2 Motor stalled Flying : The flight calculator tries to reboot automatically. 3 Motor security Flying : The pilot must push gaz more than 95% to force the motor to reboot. After landing : The error is cancelled at the next take off. Check whether the motor is obstructed. 4 Hardware default Flying : The flight calculator tries to reconnect to the ESC automatically. 5 Motor power stage problem //Problème étage de puissance moteur Flying : The flight calculator tries to reboot automatically. 9 Battery tension default Flying/loitering : The flight calculator resets the battery charge automatically. If the message remains, contact Parrot Customer Service. 10 Battery balance default Switching on the drone : Change the battery / contact the retailler or Parrot Customer Service for a diagnostic. 11 Problem motor phase Switching on the drone : Check the cables connecting the motor phase, replace the motor if damaged / contact Parrot Customer service if needed.
Landing General guidelines Locate a suitable landing spot prior to take-off. Always make sure you are in an area with at least 240 ft/80 m of clearing on all sides to accommodate landing. When you are ready to land 1. Maneuver the drone into the wind (against the wind), align it with your intended landing area and start your approach. 2. As the drone descends and gets closer to the landing area, if necessary, pull back on the left stick to reduce speed. 3. When the drone is between 20 to 30 ft.(5-10 m) off the ground, press on the Skycontroller 2 to begin auto-landing. *Note: direction control is still available during auto-landing. **Note: pressing again will ABORT auto-landing if the drone is still more than 30 ft/10 m above ground. 4. Parrot Disco reverses thrust to reduce speed, noses up right before touch down and lands. ***Note: avoid over-correcting the drone during the final stage of the auto-landing sequence.
For the best experience, use the combination of your smartphone and Parrot Skycontroller 2 to fly the Parrot Disco. Parrot Disco cannot be flown by using your smartphone alone. STAY CLEAR OF THE MOTOR AREA AFTER TURNING ON PARROT DISCO! When not flying, disconnect battery to prevent accidental discharge. Piloting modes Auto-assist Under auto-assist, Parrot Disco maintains its altitude and heading automatically, so you can enjoy the flying without having to worry about maintaining speed, adjusting control surfaces, etc. And in case you let go of the stick momentarily, auto-assist ensures that Parrot Disco stays airborne. Manual This feature allows you to use an RC remote (not included) to fly the Parrot Disco. However, auto-assisted flying is not available in this mode. *Note: in order to use a RC controller, you must first install a radio receiver (in Parrot Disco) specific to your controller. Piloting configurations There are three piloting configurations: 1. Flying with Parrot Skycontroller 2 only. 2. Flying with Parrot Skycontroller 2 and smartphone/tablet. 3. Flying with Parrot Skycontroller 2, smartphone/tablet, and Parrot Cockpitglasses. Familiarize yourself with no. 1 and no. 2 before advancing to no. 3. Piloting screen Control methods You can also customize the controls to your preference in FreeFlight Pro. Flat trim Flat trim resets the downward sensor to further enhance flight stability. It is recommended that you flat trim the drone prior to each flight and after a crash. 1. Place Parrot Disco on a flat, dry surface. 2. Press the On/Off switch to turn on the drone. 3. On your smartphone, connect to Parrot Disco’s Wi-Fi ® : Disco_xxxxxx. 4. In the FreeFlight Pro application, go to FLY&FILM > Setting > Position, then tap FLAT TRIM. Take off Disco must take off into the wind. 1. Stand facing upwind and firmly hold the area near the nose/shoulder of the Parrot Disco with one hand. 2. Make sure Parrot Disco’s propeller area is completely cleared of any obstacle. 3. On Parrot Skycontroller 2, press the TAKE OFF button . The motor runs slowly for 3 seconds before kicking into full power. *Note: DO NOT LAUNCH until AFTER the motor fully accelerates. **Note: To stop the motor, press . 4. A «Ready to take off» pop-up window is displayed on your smartphone. The drone is ready for take off. 5. Holding the drone to your side, with the arm fully extended, gently toss Parrot Disco straight and upward (without twisting at the waist) into the wind. Parrot Disco climbs to an altitude of 150 feet (45 meters) and circles over its starting position in a 180-feet-diameter orbit (55 meters). *Note: If the drone is not airborne within 10 seconds after powering on, the motor shuts off automatically . Press again to begin a new take-off sequence. **Note: DO NOT LAUNCH DISCO OVERHEAD! 6. Once Parrot Disco is in stable orbit, you can take over the controls . Return home To recall Parrot Disco to its starting point, press the return button on Parrot Skycontroller 2, or tap the Return Home icon in FreeFlight Pro. When Return Home is activated, Parrot Disco climbs (or descends) to 150 ft/50 m (default altitude) and heads for the starting position. Once there, Parrot Disco orbits overhead in a 180 ft/60 m-diameter circle at the same altitude. Landing Spiral Once spiral/circular landing is initiated, Parrot Disco automatically turns into the wind to reduce landing speed on touchdown. 1. Make sure you are in an area of at least 240 ft/80 m in diameter to accommodate the spiral pattern. 2. Push the left control of the Parrot Skycontroller 2 to the left or to the right to set your Parrot Disco to loitering mode. 3. On your Parrot Skycontroller 2 press . >>Disco descends in a spiral and lands. Linear To land Parrot Disco in a straight-a-way fashion: 1. Maneuver the Parrot Disco so it is flying into the wind. 2. On Parrot Skycontroller 2, press LANDING . >>Parrot Disco descends in a straight line, and just prior to touchdown, noses up to reduce speed and lands softly. *Note : you can still control the Parrot Disco during descent. To abort landing, press again on Parrot Skycontroller 2. Parrot Disco climbs to loitering/standby height (50 m /150 feet) and begins circling overhead. Flight Plan With Flight Plan, you can pre-plan a flight by designating specific routes for Parrot Disco, and just sit back and enjoy the scenery as it soars through the air. Flight Plan is available as an in-app purchase in FreeFlight Pro. *Note: You must create your flight plan before taking off. **Note: Parrot Disco still has to be launched MANUALLY. Creating a Flight Plan 1. Tap to enable waypoint editing. 2. On the map, tap where you want to place your first waypoint. > A bubble with two numbers appears. The big number at the center is the altitude at which Parrot Disco will fly, and the smaller number represents the order of the waypoint. 3. Continue to place your waypoints. 4. Once you have drawn your path, press and hold the last point of your journey. > A pop-up window appears. Select a landing mode (linear or spiral). Spiral landing requires an area of at least 240 feet (80m) in diameter and free of obstacles. Your flight plan is created. Flying with Flight Plan 1. Make sure your flight plan is created and loaded. 2. Turn on your Parrot Disco. 3. Wait until the Parrot Disco’s warning light turns green, indicating the GPS is connected. 4. Connect your smartphone to the Parrot Disco and start the FreeFlight Pro application. 5. On the Home screen, press Flight Plan. 6. Press Start. 7. Stand facing upwind and launch Parrot Disco. > The drone begins the course you set. For more detail on Flight Plan, go to Flight Plan .
What happens when the drone reaches the limit of the Geofence? Geofence is a virtual barrier that restricts the drone from flying out of a designated zone set up by the pilot via the FreeFlight Pro app. When the Parrot Disco reaches the limit of the Geofence, Return-to-Home is triggered and the drone automatically navigates back to the starting point. Once there, the Parrot Disco initiates stand-by loitering mode and begins circling overhead. It is then possible to retake control of the drone and continue flying within the fixed Geofence limits. 3 settings are available for the Geofence : Maximum distance : from 200m to 2 km, the drone can't go beyond that distance and goes back on Return To Home mode. Maximum altitude : from 50 to 150 m, the drone won't go above that altitude. Minimum altitude : from 5 to 50m, the drone won't go under that altitude. Once the drone has reached the altitude limit defined by the Geofence it will: Won't go over the defined maximum altitude limit Not fly under the lowest altitude limit that has been set In this particular case, the Return to Home option is not engaged. To activate GEOFENCE: 1. Open FreeFlight Pro and go to FLY & FILM >Setting > Position. 2. Tap GEOFENCE.
DO NOT FLY THE DRONE UNTIL YOU HAVE READ ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS. OVERVIEW C.H.U.C.K.- AUTOPILOT UNIT PARROT SKYCONTROLLER 2 *Note: you can set button functions to your preferences. PARROT COCKPITGLASSES Compatibility You can use Parrot Cockpitglasses with the Parrot Skycontroller or the Parrot Skycontroller 2. For the optimal FPV experience, your smartphone must meet the following criteria: Screen size: between 4.7 and 5.7 inches (119-145 mm) Maximum length: 6.30 inches/160 mm Maximum width: 3.1 inches/78.6 mm Thickness: between 0.27 and 0.40 inches (6.8-9.8 mm) The front camera should be placed opposite the USB connector. Parrot Cockpitglasses are compatible with the following phones: Android Samsung Galaxy S®7 Samsung Galaxy S®7 Edge Samsung Galaxy S®6 Samsung Galaxy S®6 Edge Samsung Galaxy S®6 Edge + Samsung Galaxy S®5 Samsung Galaxy Note®5 Samsung Galaxy Note®4 Nexus 5 Nexus 5X Nexus 6p LG G5 LG G4 LG G3 HTC One A9 HTC One M8 iOS iPhone 6s Plus iPhone 6s iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6 Never leave the Cockpitglasses (with the phone inside) in the sun when not in use. This could damage your phone. Never look directly at the sun with empty Parrot Cockpitglasses. Permanent damage to your eyes may occur. BEFORE YOU START What's in the box 1 Parrot Disco 1 battery 1 charger + cable + 4 plugs 1 USB cable 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses 1 head strap 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2 1 charging cable 1 smartphone holder 2 sets of propellers 1 user guide Downloading the application Login to the App Store ® or Google Play TM and download the free FreeFlight Pro application to your smartphone or tablet. Charging the battery Parrot Disco 1. Take the battery, the charger, and the connector cable out of the box. 2. Select the appropriate adapter for your region and attach it to the charger. 3. Connect the cable to the charger. 4. Connect the battery to the charger's cable, and plug the charger into the outlet. Charging time is approximately 55 minutes. The status light is red while charging, and turns green when the battery is fully charged. The flight time is approximately 45 minutes. Parrot Skycontroller 2 1. Connect one end of the charging cable (supplied) to Parrot Skycontroller 2's charging port. 2. Connect the other end of the charging cable to the charger, then plug the charger into a wall outlet. > The charging light turns red. Charging time is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes for 4 hours of use. 3. Charging light turns green when the controller is fully charged. Installing the battery 1. Remove the cowling. 2. Place the battery into the battery compartment. 3. Plug in the battery. 4. Close the cowling. Attaching the wings
After you have charged the batteries and updated the software, you are ready to fly! For the best flying experience, use the combination of your smartphone and Parrot Skycontroller 2 to fly the Parrot Disco. (it cannot be flown by using your smartphone alone). Make sure you are in an obstruction-free clearing (no trees, power lines, etc.) with at least 240 ft/80 m on all sides to accommodate launching, flying, and landing. Maintain line-of-sight with Parrot Disco at all times during the flight. Parrot Disco is equipped with a powerful motor. Before taking it to the air, make sure you have read through the following carefully to prevent injuries. Click here to go to part 1: Out of the Box/Pre-flight. For more detailed information on flying, go to Flying. Flying Control screen Controls Piloting modes Flat trim Take off Landing Return home Using the Parrot Cockpitglasses with Parrot Skycontroller 2 Control screen Controls You can also customize the controls to your preference in FreeFlight Pro. Piloting modes Auto-assist This is Parrot Disco’s default flying mode. Under auto-assist, Parrot Disco maintains its altitude and heading automatically, so you can concentrate on flying (accelerating, climbing, diving, banking) without having to worry about sustaining speed, adjusting control surfaces, etc. If you let go of the stick momentarily, auto-assist ensures that Parrot Disco stays airborne. Loitering This feature allows you to set the Parrot Disco in standby/orbiting mode overhead. Manual This feature allows you to use an RC remote (not included) to fly the Parrot Disco. Auto-assisted flying is not available in this mode. Refer to your RC remote's user guide to configure the channels for Parrot Disco. *Note: manual flying is recommended for experienced RC pilots only. For more detailed information on flying with a RC remote, go to Using a RC controller. Flat trim Flat trim resets the downward sensor to further enhance flight stability. We recommend that you flat trim the drone prior to each flight and following a crash. Press the On/Off switch to turn on the drone. Wait for the drone to connect to your smartphone. On your smartphone, open FreeFlight Pro. Go to FLY&FILM > Settings > Position, then tap FLAT TRIM. Take off Parrot Disco must take off into the wind. 1. Stand facing upwind and firmly hold the area near the nose/shoulder of the Parrot Disco with one hand. 2. Make sure Parrot Disco’s propeller area is completely cleared of obstacles. 3. On Parrot Skycontroller 2, press the TAKE OFF button . The motor runs slowly for 3 seconds before kicking into full power. *Note: DO NOT LAUNCH until AFTER the motor comes to full power. **Note: To stop the motor, press . 4. A «Ready to take off» pop-up window is displayed on your smartphone. Parrot Disco is ready for take-off. 5. Hold the drone to your side. With the arm fully extended, gently toss Parrot Disco straight and upward (without twisting at the waist) into the wind. Parrot Disco climbs to an altitude of 150 ft/45 m and circles over its starting position in a 180 ft/60 m-diameter orbit. *Note : If the drone is not airborne within 10 seconds after powering on, the motor shuts off automatically. Press again to begin a new take-off sequence. **Note : DO NOT LAUNCH PARROT DISCO OVERHEAD! 6. You may take over the controls once Parrot Disco is in stable orbit. Landing For more detailed information on landing, go to Flying. General guidelines on landing *Note: Make sure you are in an area with at least 240 ft/80 m of clearing on all sides to accommodate landing. 1. Maneuver the drone into the wind (i.e. against the wind), and start your approach. 2. Throttle back (left stick back) to reduce speed, when you are ready to land, press on the controller to begin the landing cycle. *Note: throttle is cut once the landing cycle starts, but direction control is still available. 3. As you approach the landing area, if you are coming in too fast, pull back gently (right stick back) on the nose to further reduce speed. If you are going too slow, lower the nose (right stick forward) to increase speed. 4. Before touchdown, pull back on the nose. Parrot Disco lands softly. Spiral Once spiral/circular landing is initiated, Parrot Disco automatically turns into the wind to reduce landing speed on touchdown. 1. Make sure you are in an area of at least 240 ft/80 m in diameter to accommodate the spiral pattern. 2. Push the left control of the Parrot Skycontroller 2 to the left or to the right to set your Parrot Disco to loitering mode. 3. On your Parrot Skycontroller 2 press . > Parrot Disco descends in a spiral pattern and lands. Linear To land Parrot Disco in a straight-a-way fashion: 1. Maneuver the Parrot Disco so it is flying into the wind. 2. On Parrot Skycontroller 2, press LANDING . >Parrot Disco descends in a straight line, and just prior to touchdown, noses up to reduce speed and lands softly. *Note: you can still control the Parrot Disco during descent. To abort landing, press again on Parrot Skycontroller 2. Parrot Disco climbs to loitering/standby height (150 ft/50 m) and begins circling overhead. Return home To recall Parrot Disco to its starting point, press the return button on Parrot Skycontroller 2, or tap the Return Home icon in FreeFlight Pro. When Return Home is activated, Parrot Disco climbs (or descends) to 150 ft/50 m (default altitude) and heads for the starting position. Once there, Parrot Disco orbits overhead in a 180 ft/60 m-diameter circle at the same altitude. Never leave the Cockpitglasses (with the phone inside) in the sun when not in use. This could damage your phone. Never look directly at the sun with empty Parrot Cockpitglasses. Permanent damage to your eyes may occur. Using the Parrot Cockpitglasses with Parrot Skycontroller 2 For more detailed information on Parrot Cockpitglasses, go to FPV. 1. Make sure you have downloaded the free FreeFlight Pro app from the App Store ® or Google PlayTM to your smartphone or tablet. 2. Pull out the phone cradle. 3. Open the cradle 4. Pass your smartphone’s USB cable through the cradle's side opening. 5. Plug one end of your smartphone’s USB cable into the Parrot Skycontroller 2, and the other end into your smartphone. 6. Turn on Parrot Skycontroller 2, and open FreeFlight Pro, wait for the controller to connect to your phone. 7. Turn on Parrot Disco, wait for the drone to connect to your phone. > By default FPV mode is activated when the drone is connected, if not, tap in the cockpit view window to turn it on. 8. Align the center line on the FPV display (on your smartphone) with the dotted line on the inside of the cradle cover. Make sure the smartphone is resting against the bottom edge of the cover before you close the cover. 9. Make sure the cradle is tightly closed before sliding it back into the goggle. 10. Adjust the strap so the goggle fits snugly on your head. Click here to go to part 1: Out of the Box/Pre-flight.
You can fly Parrot Bebop Drone, Parrot Bebop 2, and the Parrot Disco with Parrot Skycontroller 2. Before you do so, you must "pair" (connect) the drone and the controller. Pairing speeds up the time it takes to connect various devices. Once the initial connection is established, the drone and the controller will connect automatically the next time when you want to fly. Auto-pairing/connecting with your smartphone/tablet via FreeFlight Pro *Note: when connecting, always follow this order : controller > smart device > drone. 1. Connect the controller to your smartphone/tablet via a USB cable. 2. Press the ON/OFF button on Parrot Skycontroller 2 to turn it on. > When the USB icon appears next to the Parrot Skycontroller 2 icon , connection is established. 3. Press the ON/OFF button on the drone to turn it on. 4. Wait until the status light on the controller is a steady green. Parrot Skycontroller 2 is connected to the drone. *Note: when prompted to calibrate the controller, follow the on-screen instructions. Manual-pairing/connecting with your smartphone/tablet via FreeFlight Pro iOS 1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi, under CHOOSE A NETWORK, select the name of your drone (for example, Disco-xxxxxx). 2. Open FreeFlight Pro, at the main page, you should see the drone's status as connected. If you do not see a connection, tap the Wi-Fi icon and select the drone from the drop-down list. Android 1. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi, and select your drone (for example, Disco-xxxxxx). 2. Open FreeFlight Pro, at the main page, you should see the drone's status as connected. *Note: FreeFlight Pro interface is identical in both iOS and Android. Connecting without a smartphone/tablet You can fly the Parrot Bebop Drone, Parrot Bebop 2, and Parrot Disco with the Parrot Skycontroller 2 only. You need a smartphone or a tablet to access to any feedback on telemetry, radar, battery reserve, and other information. 1. Press the ON/OFF button on Parrot Skycontroller 2 to turn it on. 2. Press the ON/OFF button on the drone to turn it on. 3. Wait until the status light on the controller is a steady green. Parrot Skycontroller 2 is connected to the drone. *Note: we recommend that you fly with a smartdevice.
You can share flights data using social netowrks and email. To do so, you nee to register on Parrot Cloud : Academy and using a valid internet connection. There is 2 boutons "Send Piloting" / "Share" . The data sent via email is a json file. Using third party tools like Flight Data Manager permit to process data shared.
THE USE OF A RC CONTROLLER IS RECOMMENDED FOR EXPERIENCED RC PILOTS ONLY. You can fly the Parrot Disco with a RC controller (not included); however, auto-assisted flying is not available in this mode. *Note: in order to use a RC controller, you must first install a radio receiver (in Parrot Disco) specific to your controller. Supported Protocols Parrot Disco is compatible with most current RC controllers and handles the following protocols : SBUS: Futaba T6K, T18SZ, T10J, FrSky Taranis X9D SUMD: Graupner MZ10, MX-16 CPPM Install the receiver for your RC controller 1. Open Parrot Disco’s cowling. 2. Connect one of the cable to the C.H.U.C.K autopilot unit. 3. Connect the other end to the receiver. 4. Secure the receiver inside the cowling compartment. 5. Close the cowling. Make sure the receiver's antenna is sticking out. Connecting the RC controller to Parrot Disco 1. Turn on the RC controller. 2. Place Parrot Disco on a flat, dry surface. 3. Turn on Parrot Disco. > When the on/off button is a steady green, Parrot Disco's GPS is connected.