DroneDeploy

Terrain Awareness

Terrain Awareness offers increased flight confidence and easy flight planning over complex terrain for improved map quality

Terrain Awareness helps pilots achieve improved map quality over varied terrain with equal resolution and a less likelihood of holes at higher elevations. Terrain Awareness enables the drone to follow the terrain throughout the mapping flight.

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Availability

Terrain Awareness is available for iOS mobile devices and Map plans only. Terrain Awareness can be planned on desktop or on mobile devices.

Enabling Terrain Awareness on your Flight Plan

Next to the flight altitude indicator, your Terrain Awareness indicator will be blue when enabled and grey when it is disabled. If Terrain Awareness is disabled but we detect a conflict, the indicator will be Red. To enable or disable tap the button.

Terrain Awareness Indicator

Once you tap into Terrain Awareness you will see your drone's projected path and elevation as it follows the ground's terrain profile.

Upon clicking on the Terrain Awareness button you can view the drone path and elevation as it compares to your terrain.

When Terrain Awareness is disabled, your chart will still show you how your drone will fly in relation to the ground and detect potential conflicts.

Flying with Terrain Awareness Enabled and Disabled

When you enable Flight Awareness the color of your flight plan will indicate the elevation changes as you fly so you know when to expect elevation changes. Additionally, the Highest and Lowest points will be marked.

Higher elevations are in blue and lower elevations are in green

If you do plan on disabling Terrain Awareness you will be asked to confirm in the Preflight Checklist if we detect potential conflicts with drone elevation and terrain.

The user must select to "Continue Anyway" in the Pre-Flight Checklist if potential terrain conflicts are found

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Does this work offline as well as online?

For now, online data connection is required to use Terrain Awareness. Our team is looking into offline functionality.

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How do we know the Elevation Data?

Terrain Awareness uses Mapbox data sets that are based on NASA SRTM and highly augmented with supplemental data. High-resolution data is available in the USA, Europe, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Norway, Canada. Other places on earth use lower resolution NASA SRTM data. Data sets are often based on stale data, so please do not assume the terrain data will be perfect. Additionally, buildings and structures are less likely to be reflected in the dataset.

Updated 8 months ago

Terrain Awareness


Terrain Awareness offers increased flight confidence and easy flight planning over complex terrain for improved map quality

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