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HOW TO: Setup and use Waypoints

Discussion in 'Phantom 3 Help' started by msinger, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. msinger

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    Follow the steps below to setup and use the Waypoints feature in the DJI GO app. If you have additional tips or information below, please comment below.

    Note: In order to create a waypoint mission, you must actually fly to each waypoint and manually mark those locations. Your Phantom will then be able to recall that mission and automatically fly it. The steps below will guide you through this process.



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    Launch the Waypoints feature.
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    1) Your Phantom needs to be started and in the air before you'll be able to access the Waypoints feature in the DJI GO app. Start your Phantom, take off, and hover at the location you'd like to set as the first waypoint in your mission.


    2) Flip the PAF switch to the "F" position to access the IOC features. If Multiple Flight Mode is not enabled, you're going to see the following prompt:

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    If you see the above prompt, click the "OK" button to enable Multiple Flight Mode.


    3) Select "Waypoints" from the IOC menu.

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    4) You might be prompted to verify your RTH Altitude setting. If so, ensure the altitude is set higher than all obstacles in your location. This will ensure that you do not accidentally crash into an obstacle if RTH initiates and your Phantom tries to return to the home point.

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    Mark the waypoints on the map.
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    Note: Skip to step #20 below if you want to load a previously flown waypoint mission.

    5) Click the "New Mission" button to create a new waypoint mission.

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    6) A new menu will appear on the right side of the DJI GO app. Use this menu to mark the waypoints on the map.

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    The "Waypoints" count will show the number of waypoints on the map. It'll start at 0 and count up each time you fly your Phantom to a new location and add a new waypoint.

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    The "Total Distance" shows you the total distance your Phantom will travel as it flies to all of the waypoints in your mission.

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    7) Fly to each location where you'd like to add a new waypoint to the map and click the "Record" button. You can also press the C1 button on your remote controller to mark a new waypoint.

    Note: Waypoints store the location, altitude, and direction the Phantom is facing. Make sure you descend or ascend to the desired altitude before marking each waypoint. Each waypoint can be set to a different altitude.

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    Click the "Delete" button to remove the last added waypoint from the map. You can also press the C2 button on your remote controller to remove the waypoint.

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    8) Click the "Done" button when you're done adding waypoints. Your mission should look something like this:

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    Configure the Waypoint settings.
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    9) A new menu will appear showing you settings to configure the heading, speed, and action to perform when the mission has completed.

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    10) In the "Head to" selection, choose the direction your Phantom should point as it travels to each waypoint. You have the following choices:

    Consistent with Record: Point your Phantom in the direction it was facing when you recorded the waypoint.
    Consistent with Route: Point your Phantom toward the waypoint it's flying to.
    Free: Allows you to yaw and turn your Phantom in any direction as it travels to each waypoint.

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    11) Choose what should happen when your Phantom completes the mission. You have the following choices:

    Hover: Your Phantom will hover at the location of the last waypoint.
    Return to Home: Your Phantom will return to the home point.

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    12) Set the speed at which your Phantom should fly as it travels from waypoint to waypoint.

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    13) Click the "Apply" button to save your settings, send the mission details to your Phantom, and start the mission.

    Important: Your Phantom will automatically fly to the location and altitude of the first waypoint before starting the mission. So, make sure there are no obstacles between its current location and the first waypoint.



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    Make adjustments as your Phantom flies its mission
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    14) A new menu will appear on the right side of the DJI GO app to allow you to control your Phantom as it travels on its mission.

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    15) Click the "Pause" button to make your Phantom stop at its current location and wait for further direction from you. Unpause to continue on with the mission.

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    16) The "Distance" value shows how far away your Phantom is from the home point. The is the distance in a straight line between the Phantom's current location and the home point.

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    17) As your Phantom is traveling the mission, you can adjust the speed slider to increase/decrease the speed. The speed value with change in real-time as you make this adjustment. Your Phantom will also start traveling at the new speed as you increase/decrease it.

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    18) Click the "Exit" button to stop the mission and exit the Waypoint function. You can also exit by flipping the PAF switch back to the "P" position.



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    Fly the same waypoint mission again.
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    19) After creating a waypoint mission, you can fly the same mission again by clicking the "Favorite Missions" button.

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    20) Select the mission you'd like to fly from the menu on the left and click the "Apply" button.

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    #1 msinger, Sep 7, 2015
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  2. GadgetGuy

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    Awesome explanation! Thank you! The screenshot also answers an earlier question. The mission will continue even if the connection to the transmitter is lost! So RTH will not initiate until the mission is completed. Keep that in mind! That is perhaps why you must first fly the mission manually to create it!:cool:
     
  3. Monico Garza

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    Awesome explanation I've been looking for videos and information since this thing came out and this is the best one yet good job!!!!!!
     
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    YOU my friend are the teacher!
     
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    Nicely done, I appreciate the effort that went into making this post. I thought I had a problem with my 1st way point flight this morning and couldn't figure out why I couldn't change nose orientation, but I see it was "user error" as I did not select Free form. Thanks again for the informative post!
     
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    Might want to add how the Forward/Backward control works. The speed selected with the slider is the speed you get with the Forward/Backward control in the neutral position. You can go faster than that selected speed with Forward control input and you can go slower with Backward control input. In fact, with enough Backward input to overcome the speed setting the Phantom will fly to the previous waypoint, i.e. backwards. I set my speed to 0 and just use the Forward/Backward control to move the Phantom between waypoints.
     
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    Is there a way to edit the name of a waypoint mission without taking off?
     
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    Thanks for sharing this guide!
     
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    That's great info! I was disappointed to see the max speed at 11.9 mph on the slider. Now I know I can exceed that during the mission! Thanks!:cool: I also like your choice of 0 as an option.
     
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    Nice job, thanks for the info...would like to know where we can obtain this or what the site is that you are getting it.
     
  11. msinger

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    Obtain what?
     
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    That's a take! Great explanation and break down. When you finish with all of the others, put them in an electronic manual and put it on your site. Thank you for sharing.
     
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    Nice. What it means 500m radius. Maximum distance from home point? Thank you
     
  14. Phantom Dr1

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    Great tutorial

    Thanks
     
  15. bobmyers

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    Anyone wanting PhantomHelp's post on Setting Waypoints In the DJI Go App-- Mike gave permission to publish all the instructions in Power Point. It can be printed or placed on a phone or tablet device for use at the flying field.



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    Phantom Pilots Link to Mike's posting
    HOW TO: Setup and use Waypoints
     
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  16. AshP3A

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    Was just wondering where you get your information as to "How To"
     
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    when flying in a saved mission, I see I can change the speed and pause, am I allowed to change the attitude.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I'll try it when it stops raining here on Long Island. LOL.
     
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    Thanks for this great tutorial and others related to GC. Just wondering what the logic is behind having to be airborne before getting access to these features. Wouldn't it be much better if one could plan and set up the waypoints, poi etc, on the app without having the quad sitting idle in the air consuming precious battery power?
     
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    Good tutorial.
    I have tested the Waypoints feature and it works.
    Learning about the Head to option of "Free" is very helpful.

    Question: Is there any way to re-name the Mission Favorites?
    Names like "20150907 02:26[Auto Save]" are not going to help me remember which Mission is which.