DJI Releases Ground Station & Waypoints for Vision & Vision+

Ground Station for the Phantom 2 Vision and the Phantom 2 Vision+ has arrived. Now you can program in a flight, let go of your controller and focus on getting the shot you want.

Features: 
- 16 waypoints 
- 3.1 mile (5Km) total flight distance 
- 500m range
- Safety features including waypoint flight prevention when the battery is below 30%, a go home trigger and an altitude limit of 200m.

Works great!  Flew our first mission this morning.

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Tags: DJI, Groundstation, Vision+, waypoints

Comment by Jethro Hazelhurst on June 24, 2014 at 12:48pm

Great to see DJI catching up to Arducopter! ;)

Comment by Euan Ramsay on June 24, 2014 at 1:50pm

very polished...but so "apple". 500m range? Pfft.

Comment by Luis Vale Gonçalves on June 24, 2014 at 2:30pm

Well,

from what I've heard on the video, the inability to use waypoints beyond battery range is way better than is feasible with APM.

Comment by Darrell Burkey on June 24, 2014 at 3:30pm

Interesting that such functionality is not available in their high end units. Well, you can pay an extra $500 for waypoint capability with a Wookong. But until they start providing some logging and customer support I just can't take them seriously. 

Comment by Quadrocopter on June 24, 2014 at 4:22pm

"But until they start providing some logging and customer support I just can't take them seriously. "

Exactly Darrell , they are trying to be Apple, using young hipsters with beards and that gentle voice....

Comment by Guy McCaldin on June 24, 2014 at 4:52pm

In my opinion, the 500m limit makes a lot of sense given the target market.  Even with this in place, I'm sure this feature will lead to more bad press through misuse.  Education about proper use is lagging behind technological innovation and consumerism.


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Comment by AKRCGUY on June 24, 2014 at 5:37pm
DJI is no different than 3DR in the support department. They both rely heavily on end user input and corrections. You'll find that if you are an experienced user and RC pilot, calling either companies support line will leave nothing short of frustrated. I agree with those who state that it is the training and education areas that need to be emphasized. There are way too many uneducated flyers out there who have no basic knowledge of RC or common sense let alone advanced autopilots and flight systems.
Comment by Darrell Burkey on June 24, 2014 at 7:31pm

@AKRCGUY - I'd challenge your fist statement. Can you tell me where DJI's support forum is? I really don't know about phone support as I'd never call for support. I've heard people complain a fair amount about 3DR support and it does seem they have had issues from time to time. But at least they have paid staff doing support and have systems in place. Even if you buy premium products from DJI that cost over $10K the only support you will get is from your local dealer - if you are lucky. If you speak to any of the dealers they will all tell you that even they get no support. Honestly, first company that can match the Wookong for stability (it would be nice if it was 3DR and the Pixhawk) is going to put DJI right out of the high end market. Get on any forum with professionals using their products and see how they feel about the company. I think 'betrayed' would sum it up nicely. No matter how the Phantom gets if you spend money with that company you are supporting a company that shows no support or respect for their customers. 

Comment by Juraj Kolesar on June 25, 2014 at 12:39am

For the DJI SW solutions users I hope it has less bugs than the standard DJI Ground Station SW. It was real pain to work with it, and much more painful to communicate with DJI support.

APM solutions have bugs either, but at least you have the source and community support responding much faster than commercial DJI.

So these white surgery plastic cases does not convince me to buy again something with proprietary SW.

PS:majority of my flying HW is from DJI ;-)

Comment by Pedals2Paddles on June 25, 2014 at 7:58am

Arducopter has always had a user setting for failsafe at whatever battery % you choose.  So even that isn't a breakthrough development.  I agree with Guy.  The limits are a good thing given the unprepared, uneducated, unknowing customer base.  Most are not trying to do dumb or dangerous things. They just don't know any better.

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