Solo waiting on GPS for hours. Never able to lock on so no flying. Solo requires GPS signal to fly even when in the Android app under advanced you set "Enable Advanced Flight Modes" which supposedly allows "fly without GPS." 

I have done a factory reset - held down power and fly, re-paired controller and Solo, re-updated software but no luck. 

As you can see from the pic below a GPS signal fix was available on tablet:

In the picture below you can see the yellow icon at bottom left of screen which indicates "Waiting for GPS..." 

Has anyone else been able to solve this issue?

Disappointed 3DR would make me wait till Saturday when they are closed to download Android app in order to update to be able to fly. Received Solo on June 3 had to wait till June 6 to update and now have to wait till June 8 to speak with tech support. Odd they couldn't ship with updated working firmware.

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Hi Ken,

Got it. I'll double check to see if we got your logs, but I bet we did.

In the meantime, are you comfortable doing a little unscrewing? Totally up to you!

If so, try this, to check if the GPS is plugged in.

There is a low chance that the cable connecting the GPS unit to the rest of the system somehow came loose at some point.

We have instructions on how to check the GPS hardware in section 9.5 of the user's manual.

Basically, by gently prying off the GPS cover and removing the battery tray, you can look inside Solo and see if the wire connector between the GPS and the rest of Solo is fully clicked in. 

Let me know if you decide to do this and what you find! Again, absolutely up to you if you want to check this. 

Hi Ken,

Some other things to try that might give a better sense of the issue...

You've probably though of this, but did you actually try to arm (Holding down Fly)? You can do this in either the mode Solo starts in, which requires GPS, or any of the advanced flight modes that don't, eg. Fly:Manual.  How Solo responds to arming--messages, sounds, etc.--would tell us more.

If you can actually arm in Fly:Manual (this is basically Altitude Hold mode) and are comfortable flying in a more manual mode, try hovering for a bit at 20ft or so to see if you eventually get GPS when off the ground.

Sorry to hear you're not up flying this weekend!  Hopefully we can find the culprit and a speedy solution.

Hi Brandon,

I tried that but Solo gives two quick beeps - almost like it is saying no no. 


Hi Jeevan,

OK, we opened it and found the following:

We have pushed the wire so it is in the plug and off to try again!



Solo is ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Off to the park to fly!!!!

Thanks Jeevan!



Congrats and thanks for the detective work! We'll have the factory double-check those. 



Solo is beyond awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Life has surely changed from the Hirobo Shuttle of the '70s!

Nice!!! Glad you got it going!

I am curious, why is your GoPro upside down?

The cutouts on the frame require it to be mounted that way. Actually it is convenient for accessing power button on camera.

The GoPro can be set to work either way up. I'g guess len would be lower, if that's an advantage

Great! Thank you so much for helping us identify this.

As Chris said, we will improve our Standard Operating Procedures at the factory to ensure this connector gets tested more fully.


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