Installation Environment

Skydio Dock should be placed on a level and stable surface in an open area with at least one meter of space on the left and right sides and three meters of clearance in the front and above. Mark the zone around the Dock 10 feet (3 meters) above and in front and 3 feet (1 meter) on both sides so that people and vehicles do not interfere with launch and landing.

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Considering the best location and environment to install Skydio Dock will ensure optimal performance. Consider:

Lighting - ensure the flight environment is adequately illuminated with good visibility.

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) - may affect the signal connection. Check the environment for:

    • cell phone towers
    • high voltage power lines
    • wireless networks
    • large metal structures
    • concrete with rebar

Reflective surfaces may confuse the visual navigation and obstacle avoidance system. Check the environment for:

    • still water
    • mirrors
    • shiny metal

Windows - that are larger than 5 ft (1.5 m) square may confuse the visual navigation and obstacle avoidance system 

Thin obstacles - less than .5 in (1.27 cm) in diameter may confuse the visual navigation and obstacle avoidance system. Check the environment for:

    • guide wires
    • utility lines
    • ropes
    • chain link fencing

Wind - avoid installation in windy areas

There are multiple mounting options available for Skydio Dock:

No Base Base Platform
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Attach leveling feet to the Dock enclosure:

  1. Remove one (1) hex nut from each of the four (4) leveling feet
  2. Insert leveling foot bolts through the mounting points on the bottom of the Dock enclosure
  3. Set the Dock on a level and stable surface
  4. Using the wrench adjust the hex nuts until the Dock is level

Attach the Dock to the base:

  1. Remove one (1) hex nut from each of the four (4) leveling feet
  2. Insert leveling foot bolts through the holes at the bottom of the base 
  3. Thread the hex nut onto the bolt sandwiching the bottom base plate
  4. Set the Dock enclosure into the base
  5. Screw the bolts from the base into the four (4) mounting points
  6. Set the Dock on a level, and stable surface
  7. Using the wrench, adjust the top and bottom hex nuts until the Dock is level

Mount the Dock enclosure to a platform:

  1. Set the Dock enclosure on a secure and level platform
  2. Screw the mounting bolts through the platform and into the four (4) mounting points
  3. Using the wrench adjust the four (4) hex nuts until the Dock is level

Step 1 - Open the access panel

    • unlock and open the back access panel using the key provided with your Skydio Dock
    • the key to unlock the Access Panel is included. Do not lose your key.

Step 2 - Connect the power cable

    • feed the power cable and the Ethernet cable up through the hole in the access panel
    • connect the power cable to the Dock
    • plug the power adapter into a 100-240 V power source
    • toggle the power switch to ON
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Step 3 - Connect the Ethernet cable

    • insert the Ethernet cable into the slot labeled ENET EXT
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Step 4 - Deploy antennas lift the antennas so that they are perpendicular to the enclosures

Step 5 - Attach the Number Plate

    • number plate 01 comes pre-installed with additional number plates available to purchase
    • the number plates can be removed and installed using a 2.5 mm hex wrench

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Step 6 - Press the Open Door and Extend Arm button

    • located in the back access panel
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Step 7 - Attach the compatible battery and power the drone ON

Step 8 - Set the drone on the cradle

    • drone lights will be solid green 

Step 9 - Press the Retract Arm and Close Door button

    • close and lock the access panel

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