Overview

Using computer vision, Skydio can resume scans across multiple battery changes without reliance on GPS.

We recommend flying scans that require no more than 4 batteries. During the Review Scan Settings step, you will see a scan summary which includes the total scan time and estimated number of batteries. If your total number of batteries is greater than 4, consider adjusting your settings or split the volume into separate scans.

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Wait to remove the depleted battery until all post-flight tasks are complete. Do not remove or swap out the Logs Card or Media Card between flights of the same scan. Removing either card when replacing a depleted battery will result in your drone being unable to resume the scan.

How to change batteries mid-scan

When the battery has about 18-25% charge (or 3 minutes of flight time) remaining, your drone will follow Low Battery procedures. You will have the option to Land Now or Take Control to reposition your drone for landing.

To change batteries mid-scan:

  1. Land your drone and save the current scan.
  2. Wait to remove the depleted battery until all post-flight tasks are complete.
  3. Power off your drone, remove the depleted battery and replace.
  4. Power on your drone and wait as Skydio automatically connects.
  5. To successfully resume a scan after replacing the battery, the drone must take off from the exact same position and orientation between each flight. Taking off in a different location or orientation will result in errors when attempting to resume your scan. We strongly recommend taking off from the Skydio case.battery_swap.jpg
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Do not power off until all post-flight tasks are complete. Do not remove the Media Card or the Logs Card between flights of the same scan. Removing either card when replacing a depleted battery will result in your drone being unable to resume the scan.

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While you should always select Save before completing a battery swap, Skydio will automatically save your scan before removing the depleted battery. 

Resume scanning

After replacing the battery, launch to begin your flight. You should see an option to either continue the scan or begin a new scan. Select Continue when prompted to resume a scan.

  • 3D Capture - ensure Skydio has a clear path between the Launch Point, Rally Point (if set manually) and AR Observer point. After it reaches the AR Observer point, the drone will automatically resume where it left off
  • 2D Capture - Skydio will fly to the scan altitude then resume
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