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Last week I was in Tennessee flying my S2 at the base of a small waterfall. I was using the controller to fly with. After about 10 minutes, I was ready to end my flight. My S2 was about 10 ft away from me and I pressed the 'return to home' button on the controller, expecting the S2 to come right to me. I had not moved from where I had launched it. Instead of coming back to me, it took off, up, up and away. I tried to regain control by pressing the 'return to home' button again, but it kept going. I was watching it go up the mountain, dodging all the bare tree branches like a champ.

I lost sight of it and went up the 45 degree slope of the mountain to try to find it. I could see on my cell phone that the last image was of a tree trunk. Looking around, the tree trunks all looked the same to me. I really had no idea how far it had flown away from me. The S2 would not do anything because it was not sitting level. After about 10 minutes of searching and swearing, I saw the blue body laying in a pile of leaves next to a tree. I worked my way towards it and found it to be all in one piece. I gathered the rest of my stuff and went back down the mountain to the path.

My guess is that it finally hit a branch and took a dive. If it didn't do that, I don't know where it would have gone.

Does anyone have any idea why it would have flown away from me? Surely it was not going to try to fly home to Florida.

I have sent an email to Skydio support and have not received a reply. I have also managed to upload the log but don't know if they will contact me based on that.

Today I had it back in the air in Florida and it all worked fine. Return from home from the cell phone screen worked both returning to phone and returning to launch point. I was to chicken to thy the button on the controller.

I've also learned about the 'find my drone' part of the app.

Jim
 
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When it loses connection it returns to the last place it knew you to be. The last place it had a signal from the controller. It does not sound like this to be the case here unless you were previously standing around the area it went down. It can take a few days for Skydio to respond, but they will. It also helps if you can upload the video to YouTube and link it in the email. Most likely you will get the generic response after they review your flight log that you did not have a good signal.
 

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Last week I was in Tennessee flying my S2 at the base of a small waterfall. I was using the controller to fly with. After about 10 minutes, I was ready to end my flight. My S2 was about 10 ft away from me and I pressed the 'return to home' button on the controller, expecting the S2 to come right to me. I had not moved from where I had launched it. Instead of coming back to me, it took off, up, up and away. I tried to regain control by pressing the 'return to home' button again, but it kept going. I was watching it go up the mountain, dodging all the bare tree branches like a champ.

I lost sight of it and went up the 45 degree slope of the mountain to try to find it. I could see on my cell phone that the last image was of a tree trunk. Looking around, the tree trunks all looked the same to me. I really had no idea how far it had flown away from me. The S2 would not do anything because it was not sitting level. After about 10 minutes of searching and swearing, I saw the blue body laying in a pile of leaves next to a tree. I worked my way towards it and found it to be all in one piece. I gathered the rest of my stuff and went back down the mountain to the path.

My guess is that it finally hit a branch and took a dive. If it didn't do that, I don't know where it would have gone.

Does anyone have any idea why it would have flown away from me? Surely it was not going to try to fly home to Florida.

I have sent an email to Skydio support and have not received a reply. I have also managed to upload the log but don't know if they will contact me based on that.

Today I had it back in the air in Florida and it all worked fine. Return from home from the cell phone screen worked both returning to phone and returning to launch point. I was to chicken to thy the button on the controller.

I've also learned about the 'find my drone' part of the app.

Jim

I think I have heard that some drones need to be some distance away from the takeoff point in order for RTH to work properly. Have you tried RTH in the past? Did it work properly? Have you tried it again?
 
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I think I have heard that some drones need to be some distance away from the takeoff point in order for RTH to work properly. Have you tried RTH in the past? Did it work properly? Have you tried it again?
Tried it this weekend with the button on the app, not the controller. Worked fine from the app button.
 

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Did you try the "Find My Drone" function after it went down?
 

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I didn't know there was a Find My Drone feature.
It's on the app when you open drone details at the bottom of the page. I've only needed it twice, both times (months apart) I started out using the 3 icons on the screen incorrectly, once I figured that out it took me right to the drone.
 
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I finally heard from Skydio and exchanged several emails back and forth. They said it looks like I had marginal gps signal. Could have been. I was also running GeoTracker on my cell phone at the time and that shows that there was a shift 'in my position' that is about the same distance offset and direction of where the drone went. After I recovered the S2, and returned to the parking lot via the same path, the track shows the offset.

So, I guess the gps signal was off midway through my trip.

The S2 did flawless flight until I hit the return to home button. Skydio should have a warning on the screen when you hit the RTH button that GPS signal is marginal or that it is a different location than you launched it. That may have saved me my panic that it was lost forever, and my sore back after slipping on a leaf covered rock and falling on my back.


Jim
 

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I finally heard from Skydio and exchanged several emails back and forth. They said it looks like I had marginal gps signal. Could have been. I was also running GeoTracker on my cell phone at the time and that shows that there was a shift 'in my position' that is about the same distance offset and direction of where the drone went. After I recovered the S2, and returned to the parking lot via the same path, the track shows the offset.

So, I guess the gps signal was off midway through my trip.

The S2 did flawless flight until I hit the return to home button. Skydio should have a warning on the screen when you hit the RTH button that GPS signal is marginal or that it is a different location than you launched it. That may have saved me my panic that it was lost forever, and my sore back after slipping on a leaf covered rock and falling on my back.


Jim
I have asked for an indicator or bar signal to be placed on the app. My guess is they will not, at least any time soon. They probably don't want us to see just how bad the signal is.
 

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