Skydio 2 has built-in GPS, which enhances the autonomous flight experience with features that enable it to follow a Beacon or go to a point on a map within the Skydio 2 app. Below are some details about Skydio 2’s GPS capabilities.
If Skydio 2 has trouble establishing a strong GPS signal, a warning message will appear in the app cautioning that it may not be safe to fly.
At any time during a flight (either following a subject or flying manually), you can easily return Skydio 2 to your phone’s last-known GPS location, or a Home Point that you can set on a map - all from within the Skydio app.
Not only is this a handy way to quickly return Skydio 2 to your location, but it can be helpful if you’ve lost line of sight with Skydio 2, or if it has lost you while tracking.
The GPS accuracy of many phones can vary from model to model, so Skydio 2 may return to a location slightly offset from your own.
If you initiate a return to your phone and keep moving, Skydio 2 continues to update the GPS location until it reaches your general location.
Skydio 2 requires a stable GPS connection to fly greater than 10m/33ft. above the point of takeoff. This may not be possible when flying in GPS denied environments such as indoors, heavy urban areas, and deep canyons; or when flying near large metal structures such as radio towers and bridges. If you are having any difficulty getting your Skydio 2 to fly above 10m/33ft., you may need to fly a few meters in a lateral motion (forward, backward, left, or right) to acquire a GPS lock. This is true regardless of which method you’re using to fly (app/phone-only, with Beacon, or with Controller).
The Skydio Beacon accessory extends the operational range of Skydio 2, and also greatly enhances the GPS accuracy and adds GPS tracking abilities to Skydio 2. This allows Skydio 2 to continue following even when it loses visual sight of you, and smoothly reacquire you visually when it can. See our related articles for more info on Beacon.
GPS signal is independent of cellular data plans. Although the Skydio 2 app does require location services to be ON while flying, you can still fly Skydio 2 if you have no cellular data active on your device. Basically, you can fly Skydio 2 using the Skydio 2 app on a mobile device that is in "airplane mode", provided that you have location services/permissions ON.