The drone I was flying was a P4p that I used to have but no longer…
I am slowly gleaning information from all sources and slowly learning what may have happened.
It is very frustrating from both DJI and even more so from DD with the lack of clear concise instructions on how their systems function.
From what I can gather DD does no flying at all, even though their various webinars, instructions and the app itself clearly give the impression that it does. I can only guess that DD try to justify their app plan fees by giving the impression that their app flies the drone as well. If the DD app does no flying then why is there a launch button on the DD app. If it was rationally presented then the launch button should initiate the DJI app for flying purposes as apparently that is what it does.
Why does DD not clearly state from the outset that all flight parameters are set within the DJI before any flight can even be contemplated from the DD app? At the very least the DD app checklist that pops up after pressing the launch/flight button should take you to the DJI app for setting flight parameters before returning to the DD app for the flight plan screen… or some variation on that theme. It is simply very poor programming with illogical implementation by the DD software developers.
My issue is that the DD apparently utilised the DJI return to home parameters which had a return to home fly height of 30 metres whereas the DD fly height in the flight plan were at 78 metres. How illogical a process is that?
I had specifically set the Fly height in DD to 78 metres to avoid the obvious trees and yet DD app hands over control to DJI app which by default had a return to home fly height of 30 metres.
That was the reason for the loss of the drone.
Then more stupidity, this time from DJI, kicked in.
Upon realizing that DD had intentionally crashed my drone by handing over to DJI flight with flight parameters that were at conflict with DD flight parameters I closed down the DD app and opened up the DJI app.
The camera vision was streaming back to the controller.
It showed an upside down view.
No GPS signal, as apparently the GPS sensor is at the top of the drone.
Therefore no location ability whatsoever.
The battery eventually died.
Why does DJI not power down the camera function in this situation and fire up a location high pitched siren?
Why does DJI controller not have a location function working off the wireless radio connection between the drone and controller?
Anyway more stupidity, this time from DD, become apparent.
DDapp flight record only recorded the take off point so no way to work out where my drone was from that…
And, if as DD states, that DD hands over all flight functions to DJI app then why is there absolutely no record within the DJI app of the DD initiated flight - no photo images (understandable as it was still to take its first photo of the mission) but no record of the flight at all. I suspect that DD is covering up something that they do not want us to know about…
You see I had taken all sensible precautions before that first DD flight.
At the site I conducted a test flight within DJI control, took off and landed to check the drone functionality and to check the camera settings as instructed in the DD instructions - that part DD got right - DD clearly advises that camera functions are set up in the DJI app. Everything worked perfectly… That flight record is recorded in my DJI controller/app.
Then over to DD… no flight record no nothing.
DD conveniently refers to “hardware failure” in order to cover up the illogical DD documentation and DD software functionality.
And now Nipul from DD is offering to discuss questions that I may have!
Really the only question I have is -
why does DD produce and promote such illogical and poorly written software (along with illogical and poorly written documentation).