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resurrecting this topic. I've been going back and forth with Skydio support. Apparently, in any mode, manual or tracking, there is a low high limit if the drone has less than 15 satellites in lock. I spend all of my time forested mountains. The earlier software loads on the Skydio 2 worked fine, but now the Skydio 2+ can't get above the trees on the trail and/or above a rock outcropping to get a good view of the sky. Anyone know why it takes so many satellites to fly manually? Even 7 satellites is often not possible in the steep mountains. IDK how Skydio made the
video of tracking a biker on a forest trail. Anyone have a work around, maybe I'm not seeing something obvious?
 

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resurrecting this topic. I've been going back and forth with Skydio support. Apparently, in any mode, manual or tracking, there is a low high limit if the drone has less than 15 satellites in lock. I spend all of my time forested mountains. The earlier software loads on the Skydio 2 worked fine, but now the Skydio 2+ can't get above the trees on the trail and/or above a rock outcropping to get a good view of the sky. Anyone know why it takes so many satellites to fly manually? Even 7 satellites is often not possible in the steep mountains. IDK how Skydio made the
video of tracking a biker on a forest trail. Anyone have a work around, maybe I'm not seeing something obvious?
I’m a bit confused about what your describing.

It seems like you can launch with a less than optimal sat count <15 but encounter a elevation ceiling that you can’t exceed????
 

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I’m a bit confused about what your describing.

It seems like you can launch with a less than optimal sat count <15 but encounter a elevation ceiling that you can’t exceed????
correct, can't go above approx 30' w/o 15 satellites locked. which means on a trail with trees on both sides but blue skies above, cannot go high enough to get 15 satellites. catch 22. same thing applies on trail with rock outcroppings or cliff on one side.
 

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correct, can't go above approx 30' w/o 15 satellites locked. which means on a trail with trees on both sides but blue skies above, cannot go high enough to get 15 satellites. catch 22. same thing applies on trail with rock outcroppings or cliff on one side.
That’s seems strange but what do I know 😀

Are you in “tracking” mode??


Not sure if this applies:

 
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Thanks. I found the section that refers to this area of discussion in your first link.
  • values represent the max height and distance from the subject being tracked, not the maximum operational altitude
  • the maximum height of Skydio 2/2+ when not tracking a subject is 426 feet (130 meters) from the launch point
  • there is no maximum distance, you can fly Skydio 2/2+ as far away as the wireless range will allow
  • a strong GPS signal is required to track beyond 66 feet (20 meters)
The issue is that the 66 ft high limit w/o strong GPS applies in all circumstances, not just tracking (confirmed by customer support). Our issue was the height limit is 66 feet is also in manual mode, not just when tracking. + 2 other parts: 1) the actual height limit was around 25 feet, and 2) strong = 15 satellites, which is a very high bar. We're lucky if we have 6 sats on a mountain trail.

Does anyone have ideas about what can be done here to get above 25 feet?
 
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Thanks. I found the section that refers to this area of discussion in your first link.
  • values represent the max height and distance from the subject being tracked, not the maximum operational altitude
  • the maximum height of Skydio 2/2+ when not tracking a subject is 426 feet (130 meters) from the launch point
  • there is no maximum distance, you can fly Skydio 2/2+ as far away as the wireless range will allow
  • a strong GPS signal is required to track beyond 66 feet (20 meters)
The issue is that the 66 ft high limit w/o strong GPS applies in all circumstances, not just tracking (confirmed by customer support). Our issue was the height limit is 66 feet is also in manual mode, not just when tracking. + 2 other parts: 1) the actual height limit was around 25 feet, and 2) strong = 15 satellites, which is a very high bar. We're lucky if we have 6 sats on a mountain trail.

Does anyone have ideas about what can be done here to get above 25 feet?
I wonder if the 66ft value is total distance from controller??? Perhaps the 25 height limit is because you are 41 horizontal?? Easy enough to test. Just throwing out ideas.

The Enterprise level software load and the published capabilities of the X2 (fly at night, SAR use etc) would imply that they know how to let the aircraft move around.

Perhaps you should try to contact Adam Bry and explain your use case. He might give you an X2!!😀
 
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