Overview

GPS Night Flight mode is initiated in low-light conditions and poor visibility. When this mode is engaged, Skydio X2E uses GPS sensors in place of the obstacle avoidance navigation. An alert will prompt you to engage the GPS Night Flight mode when required.  

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Obstacle avoidance is disabled in GPS Night Flight mode. Fly with extreme caution!

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Quick Steps

Step 1 - Enable GPS Night Flight mode

    • select Device Settings gear icon
    • select Drone tab and scroll down
    • select GPS Night Flight
    • toggle on
    • navigate back to the fly screen

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Step 2 - Calibrate X2E

If this is your first time enabling GPS Night Flight mode, you will be prompted to calibrate the magnetometer prior to takeoff:

    • select Calibrate

 

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    • you will be prompted to rotate X2E one time on each axis following the diagrams until each rotation is marked complete 
    • hold X2E horizontally right-side-up in front of you and turn around in a clockwise direction to begin the calibration
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    • follow the remaining prompts holding X2E in front of you as presented in the diagrams and turn around in a clockwise direction until each rotation is marked complete
    • select Done when the calibrations are marked complete
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Calibration is not required for every flight, however, you will occasionally be prompted to recalibrate when necessary.

Step 3 - Toggle lights

When flying at night or in low-light conditions enable infrared or external strobe lights. To access lights on your X2E:

 
    • select Device Settings gear icon
    • select Drone tab and scroll down
    • select Lights
    • RGB (red/green/blue) running lights are on by default
    • toggle on Infrared or Strobe
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Infrared and strobe lights cannot be on at the same time.

Step 4 - Launch

    • select and hold the Launch button on the screen or the hard button on the controller
    •  X2E will take off and rotate 360° to establish heading

 

 

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Obstacle avoidance is disabled in GPS Night Flight, regardless of Skydio X2E height above ground. Adjust return height in the Settings menu to return home above any potential obstacles.

 

In-depth

Failure to disengage GPS Night Flight may be due to low-light conditions. Wait 10-20 seconds and if the issue persists, land, power off and on again.

Visibility: enable infrared or visible strobe lights to meet the FAA minimum requirement for weather visibility of three miles from your control station.

Landing: if X2E loses GPS while flying in GPS Night Flight mode, it will initiate an emergency landing and descend quickly using only the barometer; you should expect lateral drift. If the GPS reconnects during the emergency landing, you will regain control of X2E.

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Never hand launch or land Skydio X2 when in GPS Night Flight mode.

 

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