I have been hired to do orbits above and around cell towers. I am new to litchi, so i was hoping there was a way to land my aircraft when it reached a home point on the orbit, change out the battery, and have it return to the same orbit and altiture it just left? That is where i seem to be losing a lot of time on these missions. the client is ln need of 2 second photo intervals for mapping, and if i have to land, change the battery, and get approximately to the right height and orbit, set my orbit, start my photos and start the orbit, that takes a large amount of time. Are there any shortcuts? or something I dont know about?
You could make several litchi missions, next starts where the
previous one finished.
That’s the easy bit.
2 second photo intervals is meaningless, what radial angle does that represent ?
You need to know ( and maintain ) the flight radius around the tower from the drone,
the number of photos per revolution, the height increment for each revolution,
the height of the tower,
will it be a spiral climb or a cylindrical step climb.
You will need to keep the camera horizontal to the centre axis of the tower.
Whatever it is, it sure is going to be a hell of a lot of work !
That’s why you got the job, no one else wants to do it.
If you had one, very long Litchi mission, you could:
- Fly until the battery gets low.
- Make note of the waypoint the drone just completed
- Switch batteries
- Restart the same mission at the waypoint just after the completed one
- Repeat as needed
You know what? you are absolutely correct. I flew several missions and uploaded the trillion or so “photos”. Then i was told “these are no good. youll have to go back and re-fly them”. Screw that! I have always done video, and orbited, and had perfect mapping results. Its not like gas is 19 cents a gallon. to drive to another state and do the same insane results. I took my losses, and walked from the job. Let some other person that needs work, go broke.