Establishing a return location and return behaviors for your Skydio 2 will ensure a safe return flight and landing. When a return is triggered, either manually or autonomously, Skydio 2 will first ascend to a specified height to ensure that no obstacles, people, or animals will be in your drone’s return pathway. You can also adjust the speed and orientation of your Skydio 2 during the return trip and set lost connection behaviors. Skydio 2 will retain its current obstacle avoidance setting while returning.

Quick Steps

Customize return behaviors

Set a return location and home point:

Step 1 - Select the Return to Home icon  X2-user_guide-flying_x2-maps_icon-3__home_point_.png

Step 2 - Set a return location as either the Launch Point or your current location (Phone)

Step 3 (optional) - Select and hold a point on the map to create a Home Point or move the existing Home Point

    • you need to set your return location before each flight—Home Points are not saved between flights
    • Skydio 2 will automatically return to a set Home Point if the communication link is lost unless otherwise specified in the waypoint settings
    • selecting a Home Point on the map will give you the option to fly to that location immediately or to remove it from the map

Set Return Behaviors:

Step 1 - Select the Settings icon  X2-user_guide-flying_x2-flight_screen_icon-1__device_settings_.png

Step 2 - Select the Drone tab

Step 3 - Select Return Behavior




The Return Behavior menu allows you to set:

    • Return Type
    • Return Height
    • Height Behavior
    • Drone Looks
    • Return Speed
    • Lost Connection



Step 4 - Set Return Type to GPS or vision

Visual return for flight in GPS-denied environments 

    • requires returning to the Launch Point
    • Flying to a set Home Point or to your Phone requires GPS

Reference the table below to see how Skydio 2 returns based on Return Type:



Step 5 - Select Return Height

    • set the height the drone ascends to before returning
    • set height from 0 - 400 feet (122 meters)
    • default return height is set to 66 feet (20 meters)



Step 6 - Select Height Behavior

Absolute - ascends to the specified Return Height above the launch point before returning

    • For example, if the Return Height is 32 ft and the drone is at 20 ft at the time the return is commanded, Skydio 2 will ascend 12 ft before returning.

Relative - ascends to the specified Return Height above the current position before returning

    • For example, if the Return Height is 32 ft and the drone is at 20 ft at the time the return is commanded, Skydio 2 will ascend 32 ft and then return at a height of 52 ft.

Step 7 - Select Drone Looks

    • set Skydio 2 to either look toward or away from the return destination while flying



Step 8- set the return speed

    • from 5 - 22 mph (8-35 km/h)
    • using the slider



Step 9 - Select Lost Connection Return Behaviors to choose how your want your drone to behave if the signal to your controlling device is lost:

    • Wait Before Return - Specify the amount of time that you want Skydio 2 to wait before it initiates a return flight, allowing time to reconnect.
    • Land Once Returned - When enabled, Skydio 2 will return, hover for a specified amount of time, then land.
    • Wait Before Land - Specify the amount of time between 0 to 300 seconds (default - 240 seconds) that you want Skydio 2 to wait before landing. Only available when Land Once Return is toggled on.


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