Flying into direct sunlight

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  1. Anthony Viscomi

    Anthony Viscomi Well-Known Member

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    So today I'm flying into the direction of the sun at an altitude over 200 feet and OA kicks in. Was that caused by the reflection of the sun's rays on the front sensors?
     
  2. Vicrimo

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    Yes I believe so and it's a known issue. Hopefully they'll address it with a firmware update.

    First time it happen to me I was like wtf.


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  3. Anthony Viscomi

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    Thanks...I thought that I was going nuts or else my altitude reading was way off
     
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    Obstacle avoidance


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  6. Graves14

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    This also happens to me quite frequently, as I fly after work when the sun is very low on the horizon.

    I've had a few instances where I couldn't fly directly back to the home point. I had to fly sideways to avoid the sun.

    I'm quite concerned if RTH was engaged... would it try to fly over the obstruction (the sun in this case!) ??
     
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    very very good question..
     
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    Curious to know if using a filter may help in this situation. Probably not, but has anyone experienced an obstacle avoidance caused by the sun while having a ND filter installed?
     
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    I disable OA before each flight. Its just not worth the hassle until they get the bugs worked out.
     
  10. stealle

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    ND filter won't help at all. The sensor is not built into the camera. The sensor are those two things that looks like tiny eyes about the camera. I've also had this problem. I wish they would fix it.
     
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    I'm an idiot, I knew the sensors are separate from the camera, should have thought about it more before posting my question. :confused:
     
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  12. stealle

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    It's all good. It's a little early in the day. Have another cup of coffee. ;)
     
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    same with mine i flew backwards after a small panic maybe the next time i will disable the front sensors when facing the sun
     
  14. stealle

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    If you have object avoidance enabled it will probably go to its max height you have in the settings, hover until low battery and then land. I think it would be best for you to just turn off the sensors or fly in sport mode.
     
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    If you want your toy back reliably set a high RTH Altitude and disable forward OA.

    Enough reports of Mavics NOT coming back when facing towards the low sun when trying to get home...

    Ender
     
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    Same problem
     
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    Yesterday I had the same problem, would not come home into the setting sun from a small mountain at 300 feet no matter what I did. I climbed to my max altitude 400 feet and could clearly see there were no obstacles but it would show an obstacle 4 feet and stop. In RTH it climbed to almost 700 feet and eased it's way home into the sun stopping several times. I was a little nervous but it did it's job and came home. I'll be paying a little more attention to that in the future.
     
  18. Jr. Stafford

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    I guarantee it will!!!

    Litchi locked me out, crashed!

    Didn't know what caused the crash until later, hence the title. It was not Litchi, it was OA. Later we found that it tried to fly 'over the sun'. After a few weeks of back and forth, DJI was awesome and replaced it with a new one.
     
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    I'm still waiting for my MP to arrive. Can the front OA sensors be turned off mid-flight?

    Kevin
     
  20. Jr. Stafford

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    Haven't tried, but I think they can. After my episode I realized when the Mavic stops when heading into the sun, just spin it backwards and fly home.
     
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