Skydio Scout flight skill simplifies the tracking of moving subjects to offer real-time situational awareness. Scout allows you to follow and track a GPS position at long range, with the ability to adjust and reposition your drone on the fly. Skydio Scout supports GPS tracking of the Skydio Enterprise Controller and Skydio Beacon.


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Quick Steps

To initiate Scout:

Step 1 - Select Begin Flight and launch

Step 2 - Select Scout from the skills menu

Step 3 - Tap to track 

    • Skydio Enterprise Controller
    • Skydio Beacon - will only display if the Skydio 2/2+ is connected to the Beacon

To pair Skydio Beacon (optional):

    • power on Skydio 2/2+ - press and hold the battery power button for three seconds
    • power on Skydio Beacon - press and hold the Skydio logo button for three seconds
    • connect Beacon to the drone using the USB-C cable
    • a successful pairing will display Connected to Skydio-XXXX
Skydio Beacon is a GPS tracking device with limited manual steering capabilities, the ability to start and stop Scout, and Return to Home. You have the option to lock Beacon controls to mount Beacon on a moving subject without the risk of unwanted button inputs.
    • Beacon controls are unlocked by default
    • to lock Beacon controls, select the Device settings menu and the Beacon tab
    • locking Beacon is persistent across flights but not power cycles

Read the Skydio Beacon User Guide for detailed information.

Step 4 - To stop Scout GPS tracking, select the red X in the top right corner

Scout settings

Adjust Skydio Scout setting by selecting the skills setting icon  X2-user_guide-flying_x2-flight_screen_icon-7__skill_settings_.png

Ignore Subject Height - 

    • disabled (default) - the drone will incorporate the vertical changes in altitude of the tracked GPS position
    • enabled - the drone will ignore the vertical changes in altitude of the tracked GPS position and maintain the set altitude unless the pilot commands the throttle

Automatically track Beacon -

    • toggle on, and Skydio 2/2+ will automatically start tracking Beacon when the Scout skill is selected, and there is a strong GPS signal

Poor GPS Behavior - select what your drone will do if it encounters a weak GPS signal:

    • Cancel Tracking will stop tracking
    • Wait for GPS will hover until tracked GPS is regained

Range Limit -

    • Enabling the Range Limit toggle allows you to choose a maximum range the drone can fly as selected on the Maximum Range slider

Maximum Range - 

    • 33 ft (10 m) to 1969 feet (600 m)
    • default maximum range value is 246 ft (75 m)
    • Skydio 2/2+ can not manually fly or track past the maximum range
    • if the inflight position is beyond the Maximum Range value, the drone will attempt to fly towards the tracked subject at 22 mph (10 m/s) until it is within 33 feet (10 meters) of the Maximum Range and slow until it is within range

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Skydio 2/2+ Manuals and Guides

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