While flying, always monitor your controller screen for in-app alerts relating to battery levels, signal quality, and other in-flight notifications.

[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]

Low battery

Skydio X10 will assess the altitude and distance from the Launch or Home Point and alert you when it’s time to return and land. It is strongly recommended you initiate a return or land at this time.

  1. If you continue flying, Skydio X10 will notify you when it has two minutes of flight time left based on its current altitude and the battery indicator will begin a two-minute countdown. You may choose to continue flying, however, it is strongly recommended that you fly to a safe location and land.
  2. If you ignore the countdown and continue flying, when the two-minute countdown is complete Skydio will initiate an automatic landing that you will be unable to cancel. You will maintain the ability to nudge the drone in roll, pitch, and yaw to avoid any obstacles.

[note] Before flying, configure return settings, such as an automatic return on low battery, in the Return menu (Global Settings > Return). [/note]

Lost GPS

If Skydio X10 loses GPS signal, the drone will continue flying using the vision system. Actions that require GPS will be disabled.

If visual navigation is also unavailable (e.g., high elevation missions), the drone will initiate an emergency landing, with optional pilot-assistance available if the controller is connected.

Example: If Skydio X10 loses GPS signal while flying in GPS Only flight mode (e.g., flying at night without NightSense) it will initiate a pilot-assisted emergency landing.

[caution] GPS Only flight mode does not support obstacle avoidance. [/caution] [note] If you would like to fly at night with obstacle avoidance enabled, you will need NightSense. To read more about this upcoming feature, visit our Attachments section. [/note]

Lost Connection

If connection is lost, Skydio X10 will default to the Lost Connection settings. Select between Return (default) 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 Only, your drone will be unable to use visual navigation and will descend vertically and land

Emergency Landing

If Skydio X10 enters an unexpected state from which it cannot recover, it will automatically initiate an emergency landing (with optional pilot-assistance available if the controller is connected). An alert notification will display in Flight Deck if the controller is connected.

  • Skydio X10 will use navigation cameras and GPS to descend vertically
  • If these are not available, the drone will quickly descend using only the barometer which may result in lateral drift

If the unexpected state has been resolved, Skydio X10 will stop the emergency landing and you will regain control.

Flight Termination

[warning] Terminating a flight will cause your drone to crash. Damage resulting from Flight Termination is not covered under warranty and may result in injury or damage. Use only in extreme situations. [/warning]

In the event of an extreme emergency, you have the option to immediately terminate your flight. Simultaneously press and hold the C3 button and Launch/Return/Land button for three seconds while in flight to immediately stop the motors.

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Explore More

How to set Return and Lost Connection Behaviors on Skydio X10

How to launch Skydio X10 

How to update Skydio X10 

 

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