[warning] Before flying, ensure you have set your Lost Connection Return Behaviors. This is a critical step that ensures your drone returns safely and lands in an accessible location. [/warning]

How to access the Return menu

Step 1 - Open Global Settings

Located in the top left of the screen.

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Step 2 - Select Return

Select Return or Lost Connection to configure your settings. 

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Return

Type

Select how the drone navigates when returning.

  • Vision means the drone will use the visual navigation system to return. However, flying to a set Home Point uses GPS.
  • GPS means the drone will solely rely on GPS data to return.

 

Height Behavior

Customize the altitude behavior of Skydio X10 when returning.

Use Return Height to set the altitude at which the drone will ascend to before returning.

  • Absolute means your drone will ascend to the specified Return Height above the Launch Point before returning
    • For example, if the Return Height is 32 ft and the drone is at 20 ft at the time the return is commanded, Skydio will ascend 12 ft before returning
  • Relative means your drone will ascend to the specified Return Height above the current position before returning
    • For example, if the Return Height is 32 ft and the drone is at 20 ft at the time the return is commanded, Skydio will ascend 32 ft and then return at a height of 52 ft

 

Drone Will Face

Set Skydio X10 to either look toward or away from the return destination while flying.

Speed

Set the speed at which Skydio X10 returns.

  • Vision return: 1 - 35 mph (0.5 - 16 m/s)
  • GPS return: 1 - 45 mph (0.5 - 20 m/s)

 

Ask to Return on Low Battery

When the battery is only sufficient to return and land, choose between a prompt or an automatic return.

  • Always Ask (default) means you will be asked to select the return location each time the battery level is low.
  • Auto Return means the drone will automatically return to either the Launch Point or the Home Point (if set) when the battery is low.
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Lost Connection

If connection is lost, Skydio X10 will default to the Lost Connection settings. Select between Return and Hover upon lost connection.

Return (default)

Wait Before Return - set the amount of time you want Skydio X10 to wait before it initiates a return flight, allowing time to reconnect

 

Land After Return - when enabled, your drone will return, hover for a specified amount of time, then land.

 

Wait Before Land - the amount of time between 0 to 300 seconds (default is 240 seconds) that you want your drone to wait above the landing location before landing. This setting is only enabled when Land After Return is toggled on.

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Hover

Land After Hover - when enabled, Skydio X10 will hover for a specified amount of time, then use visual navigation to find a safe area to land.

 

Wait Before Land - the amount of time between 0 to 300 seconds (default is 240 seconds) that you want your drone to wait before landing. This setting is only enabled when Land After Hover is toggled on.

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Skydio X10 will continue hovering as it tries to regain connection. If it fails to reconnect and reaches low battery:

  • If you have an automatic return set, your drone will return to either the Launch Point or Home Point (if set)
  • If you do not have an automatic return set, your drone will use visual navigation to find a safe area to land
  • If you are flying in GPS Flight, your drone will be unable to use visual navigation and will descend vertically and land

Explore More

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