OK, so I don't really need another quad, but they had them in stock at Best Buy and having a long history with 3DR products, I couldn't resist.
Summary: lots of potential. I am well aware I'm an early adopter, but for the average consumer this is going to be a frustrating launch if these little kinks don't get worked out pretty quickly.
No, which is why I assume somethings up with their system. Sent a message to Vu, hope to hear back once they're in the office.
I ended up just pulling the logs off the PH myself, looked through and didn't see anything obvious, HDOP and sats stayed stable, but it's pretty clear it wanted to be somewhere else.
Will update this when I hear back. Thanks
Wrong....Here is a post from the iris forums.
They have, according to their support dept, a big shipping backlog out of their Otay Mesa warehouse in San Diego... the Solo is shipping ahead of just about anything else, unless its small stuff.
I received replacement parts about a month after order, and new parts about 5 days after order. My replacement Iris+ will take nearly 7 weeks to return after I shipped the broken unit to them per their request.
The good news is that they ship from San Diego, not China. Iris+ assembly is in Tijuana... so they can crank out volume as needed.... seemingly.
Yeah, that's what mine did too. Lots of reports of it.
I was pretty disappointed in the 3DR support response: "don't fly near buildings." I've been doing this for years now, there were no signs of any HDOP issues. Pulled the logs off the PH myself and had a number of gyro health warnings. Not saying that's the cause, but certainly more to it.
I am not saying this is what happened to your bird, but you (all) need to understand some things about GPS. The reason not to fly near buildings is not so much HDOP, but multipath.
HDOP (horizontal dilution of precision) is a measure of the geometric quality of a GPS satellite configuration in the sky. HDOP is a factor in determining the relative accuracy of a horizontal position. The smaller the DOP number, the better the geometry.
Multipath results when the direct path to your receiver is blocked (by your body, your house, roof, trees, mountains, buildings, etc) and the signal from the satellite is REFLECTED by some object. The reflecting surface may be: buildings, mountains, the ground, or any object that happens to be a radio reflector at 1.6Ghz.
Multipath are radio signals which have traveled FURTHER to get to your receiver than they should have. This can result in your GPS miscalculating its position because the signals may have traveled from feet to miles further to get to you than a direct line of sight signal path would have been.
Multipath can cause longer term "stable" errors or it can cause your position to wander at varying rates (even thousands of miles per hour if your GPS could follow such speeds). Sometimes GPS wanderings caused by multipath can cause your GPS to "jump" from one position to another as the multipath signal "comes and goes" and causes your GPS to jump from using one group of erroneous signals to another. These "jumps" can add substantial distances to the tracklog measurements in some GPS receivers.
Bill, I think that's a very good point and most likely a significant contributing factor.
I'm not terribly upset as the Solo itself snapped back together for the most part, and my GoPro, while a little worse for the wear, seems to actually be OK. I did examine the dataflash logs, and some of the NTUN messages seem to indicate it was thinking it was somewhere it wasn't.
Here's the problem: this is getting marketed to consumers as a "go fly right now" type drone. You have to go into the settings menu to even enable the non-GPS modes, and unless you put it Stabilize or similar on one of the shortcut buttons, there is no quick method to switch into it. If this was one of my other UAVs, I would have flicked into STAB immediately and saved it.
I guess this is the biggest conundrum consumer drones will face - do we lock them down to only GPS-locked modes and let the user get into trouble, or do we let them use manual modes and still get in trouble?
Got my Solo last week from Fries, I now have 3 flights under my belt and the ship flew perfectly every time.
NO jello in my vids, Sat locks just fine. Everything is A-ok! :)
Now they just need to get that friggin' gimbal out!!!!