Below are the instructions to plan a flight on DroneDeploy.com on your desktop computer prior to flight.
Please note that full functionality for DroneDeploy is best on Google Chrome and Firefox browsers. Safari works but can sometimes cause issues.
Internet Explorer is the most temperamental and is not recommended for use with DroneDeploy.
These instructions will guide you through planning based off an address or a locations name. If you would like to plan a mission based off a shapefile instead, please see shapefile planning
1. Open www.DroneDeploy.com in your browser, and log in. This will take you to your dashboard. Select
Plan to add a flight.
An automatic plan based on your location will be populated by default. If you would like to change the location, click on
Enter the location or address you want to map.
The selected option will be highlighted in blue.
Once your location is updated, you have a few options to edit:
-Sidelap: the percentage of overlap between each leg of flight. Increasing sidelap generally increases your chances of a good quality map.
-Frontlap: the percentage of overlap between one image and the next. Increasing frontlap has minimal effect on flight duration and can increase your chance of making a successful map.
-Starting Waypoint: the first waypoint that will be flown on your mission.
-Automatic Camera Settings: Unless otherwise specified, the automatic settings from DJI GO will be retained in the DroneDeploy app.
Should I use automatic camera settings?
You may want to specify your own camera settings if
-the area of interest varies widely. For example, flying over both a forest and a quarry may lead to inconsistencies in white balance due to differences in surface reflection.
-adjusting will improve image capture given weather conditions (e.g. Sunny or Cloudy setting).
If you do want to disable automatic camera settings, toggle off that option at the bottom of the left hand panel. Once this is off, you will see a confirmation at the bottom of your screen.
When you are satisfied with your settings, choose the
Save button in the lower right.
Once you save the map, it will appear on your dashboard.
By clicking on the drop down to the right of the mission name, you have to option to copy or delete the map.
Once your area is ready, navigate to your plans in the DroneDeploy mobile app and connect to fly!
Plan on mobile
To plan a flight offline, please plan a flight within the DroneDeploy mobile app. Once the map is created and saved using the same blue icon as above, you can connect a drone to fly offline or online.