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 app, Beacon, or phone. 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 until the vehicle needs to return home due to a low battery (In which case, it will return to the home point you have set).

If NO home point is set:

If you did not set a home point and are tracking a subject, we then look to see if your "pilot device" (meaning, your phone or Beacon) has GPS. If your piloting device does NOT have sufficient GPS, Skydio 2 will continue following until the vehicle needs to land due to low battery. If your pilot device has sufficient GPS, Skydio 2 will continue following until the vehicle needs to return to the pilot device (when the battery gets low).

When NOT following a subject

If home point is set:

If a home point has been set on your device and the pilot device (Beacon or phone) has sufficient GPS, Skydio 2 will return to the pilot device for 60 seconds to attempt to establish link. If Skydio 2 cannot establish link after 60 seconds, the vehicle will then return to the home point you have set. 

If a home point has been set on your device but the pilot device (Beacon or phone) does NOT have sufficient GPS, Skydio 2 will hover for 60 seconds to attempt to establish a link. If Skydio 2 cannot establish a link after 60 seconds, the vehicle will then 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 then check to see if your pilot device (Beacon or Phone) has sufficient GPS. If the pilot device has sufficient GPS, Skydio 2 will return to the pilot device. If the pilot device does NOT have sufficient GPS, Skydio 2 will hover in place.

  • If the GPS signal of the phone or vehicle is inaccurate due to environmental conditions, Skydio 2 will hover in place until it reconnects, or until its battery reaches a level low enough to require it to land near its current location (as above). 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 the vehicle from the Discover tab on the app home screen and selecting “Find <vehicle name>”.

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