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== 1. Flight Checklists ==
 
== 1. Flight Checklists ==
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: '''1.1 Preflight Checklist – Before Leaving for Field'''
 
: '''1.1 Preflight Checklist – Before Leaving for Field'''
::'''1.1.1 UAS accessory list'''
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::: ❏ Transmitter
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::'''1.1.1 UAS accessory list'''  
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::: ❏ Transmitter (Figure 1.1a)[[File:UAV_accessory_IRIS%2B_DSingh.jpg|250px|thumb|'''Figure 1.1a''': UAV accesory for IRIS+ quadcoptor.]]
 
::: ❏ Radio with USB cable
 
::: ❏ Radio with USB cable
 
::: ❏ UAV batteries and battery chargers
 
::: ❏ UAV batteries and battery chargers
 
::: ❏ Extra set of propellers/wings
 
::: ❏ Extra set of propellers/wings
::: ❏ Toolkit (wrench set, propeller hex-key, camera mount screws and screwdriver etc.) ('''Figure 1.1a''') [[File:Hex-key_screw_keys.jpg|250px|thumb|'''Figure 1.1a''': Tool keys, screws and screwdriver.]]
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::: ❏ Camera(s) with fully charged batteries
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::: ❏ Multimeter (optional)
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::: ❏ Toolkit (wrench set, propeller hex-key, camera mount screws and screwdriver etc.) ('''Figure 1.1b''') [[File:Hex-key_screw_keys.jpg|250px|thumb|'''Figure 1.1b''': Tool keys, screws and screwdriver.]]
 
::: ❏ Camera gimbal
 
::: ❏ Camera gimbal
::: ❏ Camera(s) with fully charged batteries
 
 
::: ❏ SD cards with CHDK installed
 
::: ❏ SD cards with CHDK installed
::: ❏ Multimeter (optional)
 
 
::: ❏ Color calibration panel
 
::: ❏ Color calibration panel
::: ❏ Ground Control Points installed (optional)
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::: ❏ Ground Control Points installed in field
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:: '''1.1.2. Things to check before leaving for field'''
 
:: '''1.1.2. Things to check before leaving for field'''
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::: ❏ An updated version of Mission Planner Software is installed on the field laptop.  
 
::: ❏ An updated version of Mission Planner Software is installed on the field laptop.  
::: ❏ Has the field map been cached in the Mission Planner program? Details on map caching procedure are discussed below in section x.x. (Note: This step is required only once per phenotyping field.)
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::: ❏ Has the field map been cached in the Mission Planner program? Details on map caching procedure are discussed below in section 2.4 (Note: This step is required only once per phenotyping field.)
 
::: ❏ Does RC Transmitter have enough voltage?  FrSky transmitter should have ≥ 9.4V charge.   
 
::: ❏ Does RC Transmitter have enough voltage?  FrSky transmitter should have ≥ 9.4V charge.   
 
::: ❏ Are UAV batteries charged? 3-cell batteries should charge up to 12.6V.  
 
::: ❏ Are UAV batteries charged? 3-cell batteries should charge up to 12.6V.  
 
::: ❏ Is the laptop charged? Do you need/have a laptop charger?  
 
::: ❏ Is the laptop charged? Do you need/have a laptop charger?  
::: ❏ Ensure that you are familiar with the laws and regulations related to flying UAVs in your country/area. General laws in the United States require 400 Feet maximum height and within line-of-sight flying.  
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::: ❏ Ensure that you are familiar with the laws and regulations related to flying UAVs in your country/area. General laws in the United States require 400 feet maximum height and within line-of-sight flying.  
 
::: ❏ Make sure you have watched all the UAV manufacturer recommended tutorials before your first flight.   
 
::: ❏ Make sure you have watched all the UAV manufacturer recommended tutorials before your first flight.   
::: ❏ When first flying your IRIS+, make sure to fly it away from populated areas and only in an open area.   
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::: ❏ When first flying your IRIS+, make sure to fly it away from populated areas and only in an open spaces.   
 
::: ❏ Before the first flight, make sure to perform a compass calibration otherwise this could lead to a bad behavior in GPS enabled modes. You can perform the compass calibration through APM or Mission Planner programs following this youtube video[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD9Z9IR2TNU].
 
::: ❏ Before the first flight, make sure to perform a compass calibration otherwise this could lead to a bad behavior in GPS enabled modes. You can perform the compass calibration through APM or Mission Planner programs following this youtube video[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD9Z9IR2TNU].

Latest revision as of 20:05, 27 April 2016

1. Flight Checklists

1.1 Preflight Checklist – Before Leaving for Field
1.1.1 UAS accessory list
❏ Transmitter (Figure 1.1a)
Figure 1.1a: UAV accesory for IRIS+ quadcoptor.
❏ Radio with USB cable
❏ UAV batteries and battery chargers
❏ Extra set of propellers/wings
❏ Camera(s) with fully charged batteries
❏ Multimeter (optional)
❏ Toolkit (wrench set, propeller hex-key, camera mount screws and screwdriver etc.) (Figure 1.1b)
Figure 1.1b: Tool keys, screws and screwdriver.
❏ Camera gimbal
❏ SD cards with CHDK installed
❏ Color calibration panel
❏ Ground Control Points installed in field


1.1.2. Things to check before leaving for field
❏ An updated version of Mission Planner Software is installed on the field laptop.
❏ Has the field map been cached in the Mission Planner program? Details on map caching procedure are discussed below in section 2.4 (Note: This step is required only once per phenotyping field.)
❏ Does RC Transmitter have enough voltage? FrSky transmitter should have ≥ 9.4V charge.
❏ Are UAV batteries charged? 3-cell batteries should charge up to 12.6V.
❏ Is the laptop charged? Do you need/have a laptop charger?
❏ Ensure that you are familiar with the laws and regulations related to flying UAVs in your country/area. General laws in the United States require 400 feet maximum height and within line-of-sight flying.
❏ Make sure you have watched all the UAV manufacturer recommended tutorials before your first flight.
❏ When first flying your IRIS+, make sure to fly it away from populated areas and only in an open spaces.
❏ Before the first flight, make sure to perform a compass calibration otherwise this could lead to a bad behavior in GPS enabled modes. You can perform the compass calibration through APM or Mission Planner programs following this youtube video[1].