Overview

The range that your Skydio 2 can fly is determined by the ground control system that you select to operate your drone. The Skydio Controller is designed to maximize your Skydio 2 in-flight experience, however, there are some factors that may interfere with the range, signal strength, and connection. 

Phone range 656 ft (200 m)
Beacon range 1 mi (1.5 km)
Controller range 2 mi (3.5 km)
Dual-band WiFi operating frequencies 2.4 / 5 GHz
Channel width (standard WiFi) 20 / 40 / 80 MHz
Channel width (Skydio Link™) 5 / 10 MHz
Satellite constellations GPS and GLONASS

Quick Steps

To optimize your signal transmission range:

    • Turn off the WiFi on your mobile device, ensuring communication to the drone through the Controller and reducing electromagnetic interference during flight
    • Ensure that the Controller cover is fully open. The antenna is inside of the extendable phone clamp, so it is important to keep the Controller open while flying to maintain a good connection.
    • Ensure the Skydio 2 remains in visual line of sight.
    • Point the Controller towards the drone at all times. In ideal conditions, with no obstructions or wireless network interference, the range has been tested up to 2.2 mi (3.5 km).
    • Avoid microwave antennas, high-voltage power lines electrical, pylons, and communications towers, which may interfere with the radio transmissions that control your Skydio 2.
    • Consider distance as the Controller signals attenuate with distance—the signal will get weaker as your Skydio 2 flies away from the Controller.
    • Evaluate your environment—communications between the Controller and your drone penetrate most non-conducting materials, such as wood, concrete, and bricks but may affect signal strength.
    • Fly cautiously in areas with conductive materials such as metal and water which may reflect the Controller signals and weaken signal strength.
    • Set your phone to do not disturb mode to ensure that your transmission signal is not interrupted by notifications or phone calls while flying.
    • A strong GPS signal is required to track beyond 20 m with Beacon. If GPS quality is insufficient, the maximum tracking range will be capped at 20 m to maintain a visual lock.

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