R1

  • How does R1 use GPS?

    Skydio R1 has built-in GPS, which enhances the autonomous flight experience with features that enable it to return to your phone’s last-known location if needed. Here are some details around R1’s GPS capabilities: Return to Phone At any time during flight (either following a subject or flying manually), tapping the Return to Phone icon within the Skydio app instantly directs R1 to return to your phone’s last-known GPS location. Not only is this a handy way to quickly return R1 to your locati...
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  • What happens if R1 moves out of range from my phone’s WiFi signal?

    R1 tracks you using visual navigation. The Skydio app on your phone is used to control R1's modes of operation - takeoff, landing, cinematic skills, etc. - and R1 can use your phone's GPS signal to help it find you if visual tracking becomes challenging. Even if R1 moves outside of your phone's WiFi range, it will use your phone's GPS to continue flying, whether it is following you or not. Here's how it works: When following a subject: R1 will keep tracking the subject for 10-30 seconds and ...
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  • How do R1 rentals work?

    You can sign up with one of our rental partners to try Skydio R1 first-hand - just see our rentals page for partner contact information, terms, and more. Every rental includes the following: Skydio R1 Skydio R1 Backpack 2 Batteries Charger A waterproof hard shell Pelican Case to carry everything in safely. What if I need support for my R1 rental? If you have technical questions regarding the use of your rental R1 or Skydio app, please contact us. Please contact the rental partner d...
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  • Updating your Skydio R1

    The Skydio Autonomy Engine is always improving and adding new features to your R1. These improvements are enabled with periodic software updates to both the Skydio app and R1 itself. Software updates for your R1 are delivered via the Skydio app. When an update is made available, you’ll receive a notification within the app (this notification may not appear until you connect to your R1 via WiFi): To install the update, select your R1 in the list of vehicles within Settings and then follow the...
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  • How to erase flights and reformat your R1

    If your R1 has very little space left on its internal drive, you may wish to follow these steps to troubleshoot or clear up space: To delete individual flights When you need additional space, you can offload and backup your flights via USB-C to your computer (or external drive), and then delete individual flights from the Videos tab within the Skydio app. After your flights have been backed up, disconnect your R1 from your computer. From within the Videos tab, select Edit in the upper rig...
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  • How does R1 work?

    What does it do? R1 is an autonomous flying camera combining artificial intelligence, computer vision, and advanced robotics. It was built from the ground up for full autonomy based on visual sensing. In a nutshell, R1 has the ability to: Fly itself while intelligently following you Capture amazing, cinematic 4K video Give you as much or as little control as you want through the mobile app Not run into stuff while doing all of the above How does it do it? R1 has been designed around the id...
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  • How do I access and manage my R1 footage?

    You can offload the video footage from your R1 in one of two ways: Clip creation - Instantly create and share a clip within the Skydio app after completing your flight. Offload via USB - Attach your R1 to a computer via the provided USB-C cable. Let’s look at each method: 1. Clip creation using the Skydio app The Skydio app gives you the ability to wirelessly edit and create ready-to-share 1080p clips of your flights right on your phone. See our article How to create & share video clips...
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  • How do I replace and tighten the R1 propellers?

    Here’s a quick video on how to replace the R1 propellers: Here are the replacement steps as outlined in the video: Remove propeller nuts. Two nuts are threaded clockwise, and two threaded counterclockwise. The tightening direction is indicated via the word "TIGHTEN" and an arrow on top of the nut. Loosen and remove by twisting in the direction opposite the arrow with your hand.Grey ring = turn clockwise to loosen. No ring = turn counterclockwise to loosen. Remove and replace prope...
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  • How to hand launch your R1

    Launching R1 from your hand is a quick and convenient way to get it in the air (particularly if you can’t find a clear flat spot to take off) - but it should be done with caution for your safety. Be sure to always follow all of our best practices and guidelines on skydio.com/safety, and check out our article Where can I fly my R1? for more suggestions and usage guidelines. Follow these steps to hand launch safely: Find a clear spot to launch your R1. When hand launching, the area 10 feet ...
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  • How to hand land your R1

    Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to hand land your R1: Be sure to watch the entire video before attempting hand landing. Do not attempt hand landing if: There are high winds present. R1 is not stable in flight for any reason. R1 is emergency landing after an accident or crash. You are in an area where you do not have stable footing. You are on a moving vehicle. Be sure to check out our safety guidelines or related articles for additional tips.
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  • What is the Skydio warranty?

    All Skydio products come with a one-year limited warranty. Check out the details here: skydio.com/legal/warranty If you have any other questions or need help, just email us at help@skydio.com, or give us a call.  
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  • Does Skydio offer an SDK?

    Skydio hardware offers the most compute and image-based sensing capability on a flying device of this size, and the Skydio Autonomy Engine allows developers to write software in terms of the application rather than starting at low-level controls. If you’re interested in building something on top of the capabilities of an autonomous flying robot, we'd love to hear from you. Check out our Developer pages for more info.  
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