I just ordered a Disco, looking forward to its arrival.
One feature with Flight Plan I was wondering about, will the Disco follow a certian altitude above the terrain on an autonomous flight?
I see this video here:
It seems AGL is available in the telemetry feed, which is why I wonder about this feature.
It does seem to know the distance above ground but the flight planning software doesn't appear use that information to maintain altitude over terrain. It will hold your set alittude and crash right in to a mountain without any hessitation
When the FP is uploaded to the Disco, direction, 'flying altitude relative to take-off alt' and position are the main parameters that describe the flight. Terrain data is not one of the FP parameters. Doing so would add a lot of complexity and volume to the FP data. Terrain data gets added at the end of the flight (where it's easy to do as you know precisely where the Disco has been...).
You could try to pseudo-drape fly by adding more waypoints, but because of the way the Disco does it's elevation changes it could be risky...
I'm looking forward to receiving my Disco this week. I'm new to drone flying, and I have been fiddling with the flight plans. What speed settings do you tend to use in the flight plan (in m/s)? (I'm seeing a wide range of possible speeds including speeds that could not possibly be reached.)
How well does it hold the selected speed?
I had the same question, and as Blueliner pointed out, the seemingly adjustable speed in Flight Plan is a feature that was never fully implemented. The Disco will fly at its default air speed of approximately 13.8 meters per second. Unlike the Bebop, it will not add or subtract power to meet a ground speed. The time estimator is much less accurate. In some instances (like against the wind) the bebop is actually faster than the Disco. But with the wind, the Disco can really cover ground. The only way to really take advantage is with one way flights. I recently completed my first one way, a 21 km flight down the beach in 22 minutes. It landed itself with 55% left. After racing down the highway to the landing area I reconnected while it was still over 3 km out, a wonderful feeling to see it coming home.
I just wanted to correct the default air speed that I gave in the previous post. It's more like 11 meters per second (not 13.8) I went further up the beach today and it traveled 25.2 km in 27 minutes. That was with a 15 mph tailwind. It had 50% battery showing. The circular landing did not work as well as last time, probably too windy.
Just got a Parrot Disco and went through the update procedure tonight.
With the Disco powered up and sitting on a table is it normal for the CHUCK unit to be making a noise like a high speed fan ?
Controller reads max 6% . Green light a minute then red..
Battery is almost full.
Cell 1 = 7.3V
Cell 2= 7.2 V
Is difference enough for a cell balance issue?
No light on charger.
Charger output 0.8V. (Measured on output plug)
Is it a way to get a maiden flight without investing in new controller/charger/cable/battery?
If you know what you are doing:
Provide 13.8 V to charger input at Controller. + at center pin.
Any type of charger will do.
Charging control is done inside the Controller.
Like to add a reset procedure I got from Parrot support.
Have not tried myself, but worth a try if the charging does not initiate:
20 sec charge on
1. 30 sec off
2. 30 sec on
Repeat step 1 and 2 10 times.
11. time continue charging.
Thank you all for solving this issue and for valuable info.
Naturally Geo-location is a feature of Parrot drones and its location can be accessed through the FFP app.
However I'm worried about the situation where, for example, there's a crash and I lose a battery or a skycontroller or app failure which means I have no idea where my drone is.
Has anyone used any other methods of geoloating their drone (eg. sending it up with a phone attached, third party tracker service etc.) that they can discuss the pros and cons of?
I understand the magnometer calibration, and it is simple enough to do before takeoff at a new location (whenever the plane asks for it).
But what about flat trim? Why does this have to be repeated for each takeoff?
Won´t flat trim need a perfectly flat and level surface? On APM I've done this once every setup to calibrate the gyro, but not each flight.
I will never have a level and flat surface when going out flying, so for me the only place that makes sense is the kitchen counter or similar (which is perfectly level). How often must flat trim be set...?
I just bought the Parrot Disco online, still have to arrive at my house.
I was already doing some reading and got a little worried when I found the official website: https://www.parrot.com/us/drones/parrot-disco-fpv#in-the-box saing: “THIS PRODUCT IS NO LONGER SOLD”.
Anybody knows what that statment implies? Will they also drop support for the Disco? Is there an issue with the product? Or are they just getting ready to launch Disco 2?
Thanks for any info on this. Cheers, Erik from The Netherlands
I am not speaking from any position of authority, but sadly I believe that it means they would rather sell a $4,000 Professional AG Disco than the $1,000 consumer Disco. If this their way of getting ready to launch a Disco 2, it's a horrible roll out strategy IMHO. They didn't stop selling the Beebop when they rolled out the Beebop2...
I am guessing that they are discontinuing the consumer Disco, but will continue to support it for the foreseeable future - the support wasn't that great, but I am guessing they have had to deal with and hear just about everything with something as sophisticated as the Disco (autonomous flight).
It's a very capable little drone, and it's a shame to see it go. I just purchased another spare from B&H Photo for $399, thinking that perhaps in 6 months, somebody with Disco fever will be willing to pay a few bucks more for it. If not, I will still be flying them many years from now
My 2 cents, keep the Disco, take your time to learn it's do's and don’ts, and enjoy the heck out of it - they still sell spare parts!
I live in Europe, but I'm considering purchasing Parrot Disco from US (I'll save at least $150 even after customs). Are there any differences?
I guess power plug adapter could be, unless they are all included?
Maybe some FAA restrictions? Or are they set on firmware/geo-location?
A Disco will hit my local postoffice this week.
Have some experience with R/C aircraft. A good landing= finding all parts (not a joke).
Q: The minimum alt is set for RTH only - right?
Q: Is the flight control input analog or digital? (on/off) (Experienced R/C pilot know what I mean)
Q: Returning stick to neutral will Disco continue last input (bank/pitch) or return to straight level flight?
Q: If control input is digital and Disco is returning to level flight - you must land in stages. (Nudging nose down several times)? When to hit land button?
Note - I am worried about pitot tube. Moist/dirt entering the system. Any comments on this topic?
Q: The minimum alt is set for RTH only - right? Wrong - only applicable for min altitude when geo fence is set on. RTH altitude is always the highest altitude of the flight or 50m
Q: Is the flight control input analog or digital? (on/off) (Experienced R/C pilot know what I mean) - Servos are analog is this is what you mean. All controls are indeed digital
Q: Returning stick to neutral will Disco continue last input (bank/pitch) or return to straight level flight? return to straight level flight
Q: If control input is digital and Disco is returning to level flight - you must land in stages. (Nudging nose down several times)? When to hit land button? Indeed. You can hit the land button whenver you want. But you need to practise to understand the way the landing sequence works. The descent sequence starts until the bird is on the ground. This video is an example, with the button hit at 50m. However, you can activate the landing sequence at much lower altitude (5, 10 meters...)
So my Disco has been working perfectly - Updated the firmware and it flew fine all good. But today, I can't get the green light on th SC2, and when I plug any smart device in, there is no Disco connected.
I can connect to the Disco on the phone with WiFi. It's there all good, but can't get the SC2 to talk to it - I am going out of my mind!
Any help please?
UPDATE - FIXED!
OK... SO... After deciding not to jump on the Disco, I took a minute to think about why this might not be working, and so one of the things that popped into my head was the password for the Wifi on the Disco. It has always been blank (no password) but I decided to set one.
I did this by connecting to the Disco with my iPad and then setting a password.
Then, shut down the app, and the Disco, turned WiFi OFF on the iPad, and turned the SC2 off.
Turned the Disco back on and let it start.
Plugged the iPad into the SC2 and turned it on.
Opened the App, and it asked me for the WPA Password.
Once entered, it connected instantly.
I have no idea what happened, or why it suddenly took this behaviour - but it's working now!