Flying at Night

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  1. Chris_Toronto

    Chris_Toronto Well-Known Member

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    The other evening I took out my Mavic and simply took it off and then went to about 8 feet above the ground. It was quite dark, not pitch black, and there was some wind. I had about 12 satellites reported but I am quite sure that it was too dark for the VPS to be of any help. The Mavic could not hold a steady hover - it was drifting about 4 or 5 feet from the intended hover point and the elevation was fluctuating from about 2 feet to about 10 feet above the ground.

    Would you consider this to be expected behavior due to a combination of low light and the presence of wind?

    Thanks.
     
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    ThreeGs Well-Known Member

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    Were you flying near any LARGE metal structures or electrical fields that could have been messing with the GPS signal?
     
  3. Chris_Toronto

    Chris_Toronto Well-Known Member

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    No, definitely not.
     
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    Chris_Toronto Well-Known Member

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    Now, that I think about it, it asked me to calibrate the compass before that flight, which I did without incident. Not sure if that had anything to do with it. I haven't flown it since.
     
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    Haven't got mine yet but night flying looks great from the videos I've seen on YouTube. Take off from a well lit area then it has a good home point reference. GPS flying should be just the same as daytime I guess. Keep flying though!


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  6. kmaluo

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    Look for the compass calibration guide posted by Msinger. You should only have to calibrate your Mavic once. Once you have a good calibration, even if it prompts you, just move to a different spot instead of getting a bad calibration. If I can't move, I'll sometimes still take off and once I clear whatever is creating the interference on the ground, the erroroneous reading goes away.
     
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    Having this happen to me too, flying at night i have drifting like you are reporting. Have you found out anything further regarding it?
     
  8. mkaiser

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    I tried to fly tonight and it was drifting as well... a few feet left and right and also elevation up and down on its own... no steady camera shot
     
  9. alexanderguelph

    alexanderguelph Well-Known Member

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    Try flying in similar conditions during the daytime and switching off the optical position sensors in the DJI go app. I was testing this recently. You will see it suddenly lose that precision we all have come to know and love about the Mavic. I fly at night a lot and it's still quite stable within a certain range but some vertical and horizontal drift will occur without enough light for it to see the ground.

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  10. stratos

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    Im not that scared about flying but landing. Even if its dark I try to make sure that there is some light under the craft before landing, just to make sure the sensors get some visuak refence
     
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    Thanks for the information had the same experience flying just ten to twenty feet over my property. If you fly just at twilight and stay up as the light fads remarkably it does change the flight character of the Mavic.

    I would think in a well lit area this would return some more accurate control to the pilot. Has anybody done this test?
     
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