The Disco Booster Mod Kit finally comes alongside with his brother Bebop 2 Booster Mod Kit. Although it is a bit late after Disco has already EOL.
Hi, I just bought a Disco and have not been familiar with it. Today I just wanted to test the wings before piloting my Disco. I first connected Skycontroller 2 to the Disco, waited until the led turned green, then pressed Take Off. While holding the Disco on my hands I tried pressing Turn Left and Turn Right but did not see wings move. Are there any problems or it was designed to do as such?
This is normal. The elevon won't move before take off.
But the propellers were rotating while I was holding the Disco. Or did you mean take off into the air?
Hey guys, I am looking at getting a new drone to have a bit of fun with, I can get a second hand Mavic for $950 AUD or the Parrot for $500. Which do you reckon would be more fun to fly around. Also i am not really interested in making an HD videos or any thing like that. Tell me what are you thoughts and also if there is any other drones I should consider.
Also what is the range on the parrot in a residential area?
Please excuse my reading comprehension. This morning I see we are in the Disco section and the title of your thread says mavic pro vs disco fpv and you were quoted 950 AUD for the mavic, which I guess is Australian dollars. Somehow I thought you were talking about the bebop2. My apologies. In this case I might recommend the mavic over the disco. The Disco is a tame but still radical design not well suited to residential use.
Can someone explain how the Disco handles crosswinds? Does it crab into the crosswind, or bank into it, or some combination? Also what about the camera. Mine seems to wander around left to right. It looks like it's crabbing into the crosswind usually. Is there anyway to pan the camera left to right so that it looks like it's flying straight?
A fixed wing aircraft turns by rolling in to the turn and letting the wing lift do the turning. To maintain altitude some up elevator must be given.
Why the camera sometimes compensates for the bank angle and sometimes not is a mystery to me.
Re. crosswind, all aircraft always fly with the nose straight into the airflow. It may look like crabbing from the ground, and relative to the ground it is. But airplane knows nothing of the ground and flys straight into its own wind.
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...?