Skydio 2 uses visual tracking, in combination with GPS and WiFi, to establish its position and keep track of its subject. Occasionally those signals can be obscured by the environment, especially when a subject is moving quickly. This article outlines what to expect if Skydio 2 temporarily loses tracking on its subject.

  • TLDR; Obstacle avoidance is still present, even when Skydio 2 loses communication with the phone, Beacon, or Controller. If you do lose signal, simply keep calm and let Skydio 2 navigate home by itself.

When following a subject

If home point is set:

If you set a home point on the map within the Skydio 2 app and are tracking a subject, Skydio 2 will continue to follow the subject for 20 seconds, or until the vehicle needs to return home due to a low battery (whichever occurs first). After tracking has stopped, Skydio 2 will return to the home point.

If NO home point is set:

If you did not set a home point and are tracking a subject, Skydio 2 will continue to track for 20 seconds. After that time, it will return to the last location it was actively tracking a subject while connected.

When NOT following a subject

If home point is set:

Skydio 2 will return to the home point you have set.

If NO home point is set:

If you do not have a home point set and you lose comms, Skydio 2 will go to the last location that a subject was tracked since launch. If there was no subject tracked in this flight, Skydio 2 will return to the launch point.

Be sure to check out our related articles on GPS for more details.

Recovering a lost drone

In the event that your Skydio 2 is lost, you may view its last known location by selecting your vehicle within the Info tab (Info > Devices) and selecting “Find <vehicle name>”.

If you have any additional questions or need any help at all, don't hesitate to contact us.

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