Every flight with either the senseFly eXom or eBee includes flying within a “Working Area.” This is a user defined cylindrical region for the aircraft to work in. Its purpose is to warn the operator if the aircraft is beyond the working area and to perform automatic procedures to get back in or land.
The working area appears in eMotion and eMotion X as a circle with a wide semi-transparent border ring. Here’s what happens when the UAV interacts with that border ring;
- If the UAV gets within the border, it will declare “out of working area radius” and immediately try to fly to the home position.
- If the drone gets beyond the border ring completely, it will continue to try to get back to the home position but will eventually declare “far outside of working area” and begin descending to auto land.
Tips for Operating with eMotion’s Working Area
TIP 1: Keep in mind that winds at operating altitude may drastically increase after launch and blow the aircraft outside the working area when it is operating close to the working area ring.
TIP 2: Be very mindful of where the UAV may be if it automatically lands outside of the working area. Based on the prevailing winds that day, it may be on a busy road or a body of water.
Tip 3: Offset your flight plan to be as far away from the edge of the working area as possible so that if the wind does blow you off course a bit it won’t go into the working area border ring. This will decrease the odds of an unexpected landing and will decrease how often you need to resume the mission.
Tip 4: Avoid the temptation to create a very large working area. Technically the aircraft should be visible any time it’s within the working area.
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