CIRRUAS App Full Tutorial
Table of Contents
The Full Story And Some Flight Basics
Planning an Orbit Mission
Planning a Combination Mission
Free Flight Planning
Tap and hold on the Green and Red dots to adjust your flight Plan
(you are the blue dot and the pink drone is your drone)
(Might be a good idea to look up before launching and avoid hitting a tree or power line)
The drone will do a quick safety check, then take off.
You can Take Control of the drone at any time, or the drone will return home and land when it has finished the mission.
See below for more detail, or watch this video:
CIRRUAS Combination Mission
The Full Story & Flight Basics
Normally your will be flying in P Mode on Newer DJI Systems
And F mode on older DJI Systems
The Mavic and Spark only have P & S
If you encounter any kind of problem during the mission – you can switch from P to S – Or F to P and take manual control of the drone.
You might stay away from A mode unless you are an expert. A or Atti mode turns off GPS and Collision Avoidance sensors so the drone will drift off in a slight wind.
Stick with P/F/S and you will be in good shape
The Full Story - Grid Missions
Our regular grid mission may look a little strange, but this is on purpose. The drone wastes a lot of time navigating the corners, so we eliminated the corners.
Use the Grid mission if your project is rectangular
Prior to taking off , you may want to adjust 3 settings.
Obviously adjust your Flight Height to clear the tallest obstacle on your project site.
Your flight height also needs to be high enough to provide sufficient overlap. You can take off from the high side of your project, or if you have to take off from the low side of the project, you can adjust your Image Overlap. Our default is 70% forward and 70% side lap. This will work in most cases, but you can bump this up if it is super windy.
* Pro Tip – Can the CIRRUAS app fly a grid with an off nadir camera angle? Yes!
The drone will fly to the first waypoint of the grid mission and rotate the Gimbal to -89.
You can then use the left hand wheel of the controller to change the angle.
If you are 3D modeling a large terrain project with buildings on it, you might fly the whole thing with a nadir (-89) gimbal – then fly the whole site again with an off nadir gimbal.
This may give you better detail on the sides of the buildings. The exact gimbal angle will vary by project, but is usually between -75 and -45.
The Full Story - Orbit Missions
Orbit missions are very useful for very tall objects like buildings, water towers and communications towers where the combination mission wont work.
This is a very simple mission where you can adjust the flight height and radius, and CIRRUAS will capture the images.
Several Orbits can be captured back to back to map tall objects.
CIRRUAS Orbit Mission
The Full Story - Combination Missions
The CIRRUAS combination mission produces very good 3D models of cars and small structures.
This is dangerous for obvious reasons, but really helps to produce quality data on cars and car accidents.
Please practice a few Combination missions at 20 or 30 meters before attempting the 5 meter flight.
Tap go, and watch the CIRRUAS app fly a Circle / Grid / Circle / Circle. Tap on the live video icon if you want to monitor the camera angle.
*Pro Tip – If your android device has GPS – then you are the blue dot. If the object you want to map does not show up in the imagery, then walk to the center of your mission and move the green dot to the blue dot. Use the location of your android device to set the center of your combination mission.
See this video for more detail.
CIRRUAS Combination Mission
The Full Story - Free Flight Missions
We built the free flight mission for the odd jobs.
Maybe you are modeling only half of a building, a landslide in the mountains, or a mining pit that is 700 feet below your feet.
In these challenging situations you operate the drone while CIRRUAS captures the photos.
If you have a newer DJI drone with a 20 megapixel camera – remember we can only write a photo to the SD Card every 3 seconds.
Steady smooth flight is usually the best.
The Full Story - Full Motion Video (FMV) Missions
The CIRRUAS app is the fastest and easiest way to plot your DJI Video on an ESRI Map using the Full Motion Video (FMV) extension.
The Full Story - Camera Settings
Camera settings can make or break your project
The Full Story - Other Settings
These settings make sense to us, but in case you are unclear
In the event you can not fly a drone – we have included Osmo support
We do our best to fix all the bugs, but here is the list we are currently working on
Error Logs and Reporting
If you come across a bug – Let Us Know About It