Hello fellow Drone Deployers! I’ve been using the DD platform for a while now (with a Business account), mostly for mapping agricultural fields and I’m very satisfied with the result. I do have a few problems I’d like to address.
Due to the fact that in my country the AG fields are very scattered and oddly shaped, while mapping about 42 000dk, I’m making hundreds of flights and I’ve come up with two features I’d really REALLY like to be able to have and will help me a LOT:
Although DD’s made available the KML/SHP import app for flight planning, it would be REALLY helpful to be able to use the same feature, when uploading photos for new maps. Picture this - I have a few DJI UAVs with MAPIR NIR piggybacked second cameras. This is key, because this way I can map with a 20MP hi-res RGB sensor as well as with a 12MP NIR sensor and thus create two maps (RGB & NDVI) with one flight.
In order to process the data from the second camera though (since there’s been only one flight), due to the complexity of the field shapes, I’ve gotten the idea of making second, incomplete flights of each field, right after the first has completed, so I have two imports pending, that have the field shape pre-loaded and I can import the photos to.
If I could just make a new map import and instead of defining the map borders manually, I could use the same app for importing the SHP file, as I do whilst flight planning, that would honestly be a game changer for me!
There have been numerous occasions, where I’ve gotten incomplete flights, due to the drone RTH at the very end of the flight (99%). At this point I have to swap a new battery and send the drone back 1.5km (after if flied 1.5km to RTH) just to take 3-5 photos (in most cases). I’ve seen this question posted before and I still don’t see anything done on the matter, although it honestly seems like some easy feature fix - Can you DD guys PLEASE add a “Complete Flight” button, next to the “Continue flight” and “Reset” ones that you already have? It honestly seems such a easy fix and you can’t imagine how helpful this would actually be!
- Picture this scenario - I’m flying over a field with a Phantom 4 with an RGB camera and I have to make a second flight over that same field with a different drone (Inspire with a modded NIR X3 camera, or a M2ED with a thermal camera etc…). If the first flight hasn’t completed (because of just a few photos missing, that by all means aren’t going to affect the end map), I can’t start a second flight on the same field, or I press the “reset flight” button and fly with the second drone, which in turn deletes the log of a previous flight and at the end I end up with only one logged flight and only one pending import…
I thank you in advance and sincerely hope you can look into my request!