What is a Vehicle mission?
The Vehicle mission enables authorized pilots to take off and control their drone from a moving vehicle (for example a platform-van or a boat), then to land it back safely on the moving vehicle (up to a 25 km/h or 17.5 mph speed).
- Vehicle missions consume more energy: increase the safety margins on your battery readings – if you normally land with batteries at 20 %, aim for 30 %.
- Set up ANAFI Ai for take-off in the direction of the moving platform motion.
- This feature requires a double GPS fix (drone and device) to be activated.
- Parrot recommends initiating Vehicle mission flights from a distinctive take-off platform such as a black and white landing pad. You can download and print, with a minimum size of 70cm x 70cm, the Parrot landing pad available here.
From take-off, ANAFI Ai synchronizes its speed and trajectory to that of the vehicle, tracking and following it. The pilot retains control of the flight of the drone, relative to the vehicle’s reference.
In other words, the drone follows the vehicle by default, even when the command is activated. However, you keep control of the precise trajectory of ANAFI Ai, of its direction, and thus of the framing of the camera.
When you are following a vehicle, a link appears between your drone and the vehicle to symbolize the “tracking mission”.
During a Vehicle mission, activating the RTH command initiates a return sequence toward the vehicle (“Returning to vehicle”). The following sections describe all phases of Vehicle missions.
1. Set up ANAFI Ai in the direction of the movement of the vehicle.
2. Check your operating area provides GPS synchronization for both the drone and the controller.
3. Stabilize the speed of the vehicle under 25 km/h (15.5 mph).
4. Activate the Vehicle mission from the “MISSIONS” icon on the bottom left of the FreeFlight 7 screen.
5. Stabilize the direction of the vehicle: if possible, take off from a straight stretch of a road. Take-off complete, RTH position set
6. Activate the Take-off button: ANAFI Ai takes off, stabilizes 5 m above its take -off point, tracks and follows the vehicle.