In addition to being a fully autonomous flying camera with predictive subject tracking, R1 can also be flown manually while retaining full obstacle avoidance. There are two methods within the Skydio app to use for manual flight. One-Handed Steering During flight, when not following a subject (or when using a specific Skill), the Skydio app can be used to fly R1 manually using your phone: If following a subject in any mode, tap STOP to end following (note that the Stop button will change t...

We’ve optimized R1’s flight behaviors based on its ability to track a subject accurately. Using the Skydio app and a variety of different skills, you can adjust R1 to get the perfect shot. Based on which mode you’re using, or whether or not R1 is currently tracking a subject, here are the altitude (height) specifications for R1:   When tracking a subject When NOT tracking a subject Max height ceiling (in an area with good GPS signal): 8m (26.2ft) 20m (65.6ft) Max height ceiling (in a...

R1 has been tested in a wide range of temperatures and has a recommended operating temperature range of 0°C - 35°C (32°F - 95°F). Because R1 uses visual navigation to see the world around it and avoid obstacles, it shouldn't be flown in falling snow, rain or fog. Keep your R1 batteries warm While R1 works well for winter activities like skiing and snowboarding, etc., we recommend using caution when flying in temperatures approaching 0°C. The battery in R1 may not perform at peak efficiency wh...

For the best performance - and to keep your R1 flying safely - here are some tips, tricks, and guidelines to follow when you’re out and about. Choose the right place and time to fly There are some common-sense guidelines to consider when choosing a time and place to fly. Please check out this article for details: Where can I fly my R1?. Check your R1 before you fly Once you’ve found a safe place to fly, follow these steps before every flight: Make sure your R1 batteries are fully charged (...

R1 is designed to be easy to use, and using a few common sense guidelines should help you to find an appropriate and safe place to launch and fly. When choosing a time and a place to operate your R1, please follow these general guidelines and suggestions, and be sure to check out our related articles for even more detail. Follow the law In the US, it’s illegal to fly drones within 5 miles of an airport. Always follow FAA guidelines for drone piloting and check out helpful resources like knowb...

Use caution and common sense guidelines when flying near the water. Check out our short video for tips when flying R1 near or over the water (or read on for more details): Flying any drone over water presents some unique challenges. Unlike solid ground, visual navigation is less reliable over water because of its changing geometry and texture. Skydio R1 is not waterproof but has the ability to safely fly over larger bodies of water and adds additional safeguards to keep R1 securely tethered ...

The swappable battery in the R1 allows for an average flight time of about 16 minutes on a fully charged battery. We offer extra batteries in our store if you need more juice. Your available flight times will vary with environmental conditions. For instance, when flying in windy conditions, the rotors may have to work a little harder, which will impact battery life. The Skydio app will show you how much battery life is left during any flight. The app will also warn you in advance when the bat...

If the corner lights on your R1 pulse continuously for several minutes, and you're unable to see the Skydio WiFi network name (SSID) within your phone's network settings, try power-cycling the R1: Press and hold the power button until the R1 LED corner lights turn off. Press and hold the power button until the R1 corner lights come back on. Give your R1 a few minutes to fully reboot, then you should be able to see the R1 WiFi network on your phone. If that doesn't work, contact us at help@s...