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Solar Flares and flying

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by Almmohd, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. Almmohd

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    How does a solar flare affect you if you're flying the phantom 2?

    http://news.discovery.com/space/powerfu ... 140331.htm

    Could be a stupid question, just wondering.

    I think I may have been flying around this time or maybe after, I'm not sure and my FPV was working really badly. It kept blacking out often. Could this have been the reason why? Or should I have had trouble just trying to get the p2 to fly if I was flying when the flare occurred?


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  2. thedjiguy

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    You should only fly Atti. If you fly GPS, you risk a flyway or unstable flight.
     
  3. JimDE

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    You know I saw the same thing on the news today and they said the solar flare this past Saturday knocked out some radio stations.

    I have been noticing a higher than normal number of fly away/crashes post this weekend and thought it was possibly something in the 2.0 update but at least 2 of the fly aways did not update their software. When I saw this on the new's it made me wonder if it could some how be the source of the recent fly away/crashes.
     
  4. ianwood

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    Well, if you were flying at 10:48am PDT on Saturday and you experienced a flyaway while in GPS mode, there's a chance it may have been the result of a GPS cycle slip caused by the flare.
     
  5. Noël

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    See my signature for more information about solar activity and how it indirectly can effect a GPS.
     
  6. EMCSQUAR

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    3D Sun is app for Iphone that sends alerts.
     
  7. ianwood

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    Or you can sign up for email alerts right from the source: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ This is the alert they sent out for the flare on Sat:

    Code:
    Space Weather Message Code: ALTXMF
    Serial Number: 215
    Issue Time: 2014 Mar 29 1747 UTC
    
    ALERT: X-Ray Flux exceeded M5
    Threshold Reached: 2014 Mar 29 1746 UTC
    NOAA Scale: R2 - Moderate
    
    NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at
    http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales
    
    Potential Impacts: Area of impact centered on sub-solar point on the sunlit side of Earth. Extent of blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication dependent upon current X-ray Flux intensity. For real-time information on affected area and expected duration please see http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/drap/index.html.
     
  8. Noël

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    You do not really need to worry about that one
    HF is in the 3–30 MHz area. Not even close to what we use for flying.

    It's the Geomagnetic K-index alerts that will effect the GPS.
     
  9. ianwood

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    Good to know. I knew one caused scintillation and thus cycle/phase slips for GPS but couldn't remember which one it was. So only need to subscribe to the geomagnetic email alerts then.