Performing a 2D GPS Capture is compatible with GPS Night Flight when flying in low-light conditions. When in this mode, Skydio X2 will disable obstacle avoidance and use GPS sensors, instead of its vision system, to navigate.
Particularly useful in accident scene reconstruction and public safety use cases.
[note] Performing a 2D GPS Capture at night is only available with Skydio X2. Additionally, only 2D GPS Capture is compatible with Night Flight. Other scan modes will be disabled. [/note]
If it becomes dark while you are scanning and GPS Night Flight is enabled, you will be able to seamlessly continue your 2D GPS Capture. If Night Flight is not enabled and it becomes dark while scanning, Skydio X2 will display an alert message. Simply enable GPS Night Flight to continue scanning.
[note] If you are scanning using a mode other than 2D GPS Capture and it becomes dark, Skydio will prompt you to land and save your scan. [/note]
Tips and best practices
While Skydio X2 can fly in the dark, ensure the area you are scanning is in a well-lit environment. Skydio X2 does not provide illumination to the scene
Obstacle Avoidance is disabled in GPS Night Flight
Take extra caution when flying in this mode and do not stand near the drone
Turn off HDR (Camera/Video settings)
Enable Stop for Photo
How to scan at night
Step 1 - Enable Night Flight
Navigate to Device settings and select the GPS Night Flight toggle under the Drone tab
Step 2 - Calibrate
Depending on your calibration settings, you will either have to calibrate after your first time enabling GPS Night Flight mode, or before each flight.
Read How to use Skydio X2 GPS Night Flight for more information on calibration settings
Multi-Point Rotation Calibration
Hand Wave Motion Calibration
Step 3 - Select Begin Flight
Step 4 - Select 2D GPS Capture as your scan mode
After launching, Skydio will rotate 360° then you may proceed to setup your scan as usual.
[note] When reviewing your scan settings, we recommend enabling Stop for Photo when scanning at night [/note]
After the scan completes, Skydio will laterally return to the Launch Point at the scan height. Unless you receive a Low Battery warning, Skydio will not automatically land.
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