Over the past couple of days, I’ve been researching Mavic Air1 waypoint missions using Litchi.
Can someone please confirm whether these conclusions I’ve drawn are valid?
The Mavic Air1 when flying Litchi waypoint missions does NOT require continuous signal connectivity between the drone and the RC for the waypoint mission to continue uninterrupted. In other words, the Mavic Pro1 does NOT utilize the so-called “virtual sticks” method of navigation during Litchi waypoint missions, as is the case with newer DJI drones.
Litchi waypoint GPS data is stored on board the Mavic Air1 drone’s internal memory at the start of each Litchi waypoint mission when the “play” button is actuated, as opposed to newer DJI drones that cannot store Litchi waypoint GPS coordinates on board the drone, and instead rely on a continuous RC signal link in order for Litch waypoint missions to continue uninterrupted.
A Mavic Air1 will go into RTH to interrupt and discontinue a Litchi waypoint mission IF smart RTH is selected beforehand, whereby the drone monitors battery charge levels during every waypoint flight and makes a beeline for the launch point if anticipated battery charge levels won’t suffice to overfly all subsequent waypoints of the mission.
I’ve been toying with the idea of acquiring a used Mavic Air1, but I only wish to do so if I am absolutely certain that the above three presumptions I have drawn are valid. Any confirmation of these research findings would be much appreciated.