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Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Erroll, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. Erroll

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    I spent all morning retrofitting IOS, reinstalling apps and recovering flight records. Then I took her up for some test flights, and for the second time in two weeks I encountered a swarm of bees - this time it was a massive swarm of huge drones. Looking at the video I flew into the swarm at around 200 feet, and they followed me down right to the ground, and only dispersed when I powered down.

    Made a real mess of my quad, which made a bigger mess of the drones....

    It is the middle of Spring here, so lots of bees about. Any entomologist want to venture why bees should be so attracted by the quads?

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    That's really interesting. Thanks for sharing. Guess they are drawn to the sound of the rotors? It'll sound familiar to them. Hope it didn't take too Long to clean off the Phantom. Any permanent damage?
     
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    Nasty! Wash ‘em off (Windex/Alcohol) before they dry and become much harder to remove.

    They sure didn’t like that “buzz” in the vicinity!
     
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    Is vps turned on? Could be the ultrasonics!
     
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    I did clean it up quickly! No obvious damage but I did find bits of bee in the vents and in the gimbal mounting, which I cleaned out as best I could with a small paint brush.

    Wibble, don't know if you're serious or not, but no, VPS is always turned off.
     
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    Amazing. You might have to clean the vent slots on the shell, even maybe clean off the PCB inside as 'bee debris' might be stopping proper venting.

    Maybe the sound of the P3 is the cause?
     
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    I assumed he asked because it uses sonics and the manual cautions its use around dogs and such. But even still it shouldn't be on at 200' even if activated in the app.
     
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    This is awesome!! Clean her up!
     
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    I thought the VPS was always active (but not in control) when you have it turned on in the settings, no matter what height the barometer or GPS think its at.

    So if you for example start from the ground and fly close above a roof, you suggest that the VPS ultrasonic is not active, and thus will not detect the roof?
     
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    If you look at the app while flying there's an icon that shows when it's on. I assume it would turn on detecting a roof as well as the ground when it's within 3 meters or whatever the threshold is.

    Edit: Actually it'd make more sense that the sonar is always active and when it detects the "ground" the bird will utilize this for stabilization and that's when the app lights up.
     
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    The tendency for bees to swarm around them was noted even with the Phantom One.
    It does sound a bit like bees, it must be possible they think it is going to attack.
    When bees get killed they release a hormone which spurs the rest on to attack (the killer) even more ferociously.
     
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    Yes very serious. You can buy mosquito repellers and also rodent and squirrel repellers etc that use ultrasonics. I had one for getting rid of mice - didnt work but my friends dog used to howl like mad when it was turned on.
    who knows what it might do to bees???
     
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    Bee killers.....
    Just another reason to hate quad copter pilots :) :) :)
     
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    Not much to see.
    I only started recording once I realised what I was seeing. I thought I was experiencing video break-up/pixelation after all my restores.

     
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    Got it!
     
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    That's an amazing story:) Thanks for sharing
     
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    Thats AWESOME.
     
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    Bees 0 - 1 P3

    Lol
     
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