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Yes of course you can, but there are some important things to consider when flying in doors especially with the parrot bebop 2.
How will the drone keep it’s position and altitude?
- The drone will not have GPS indoors
GPS module on the drone is not as powerful as that on your mobile device so it is normal that the GPS is red when the drone is powered on indoors.
- The drone will use its vertical camera to position itself
The little camera on the bottom of the drone is used to maintain its position. The camera takes a picture every 16ms and compares the contrasting points to establish its position. If there are things moving under the drone during this time like a flapping mat, a bedsheet or anything that is being moved by the downward air being pushed by the drone could cause the visual positioning to mismatch and the drone may make adjustments on its own without your input. So ensure there is nothing moving under the drone while it is flying indoors.
- The drone will use its ultrasonic sensor to maintain its altitude
The ultrasonic sensor on the bottom of the drone will transmit sound waves at 40hz away from the drone. The time it takes for the sound waves to bounce of a surface and return to the drone will be used to determine its distance from the ground. This is how the bebop calculates its altitude when is low and not using the barometer.
- Ensure there is no GPS (RED) on the drone icon.
- Check propellers, and battery are secure.
- Mount the propeller guards (If you have one, highly recommended)
- Clear a place for take off and landing with contrasting patterns on the ground
- Clear the area of humans and animals (they can be distracting)
- Set piloting mode to Video (V)
Some other bits I explain in this video;
BEBOP 2 BATTERY STORAGE
Storage Voltage per cell 3.85v
Storage Voltage total battery 11.55v
Storage Temperature 40-75˚F / 5-24˚C
Storage in LiPo safe bags or fireproof container
Store in dry place
To set storage without a special charger.
Charge battery, than put on the drone and power it on and let it drain down to 75-77%
or on your last flight, bring it back at 77% than your battery will be good for storage.
If you don’t use the battery for really long period, discharge and recharge it than discharge it to 75-77% once every 2 months. (Personal recommendation)
The BEBOP/BEBOP2/BEBOP 2 P have 4 still image modes. That carry different resolutions and crop factors. JPGSNAP/DNG/JPG/JPG180˚
The highest resolution is DNG, but this is a RAW format and will require editing software to open it and utilise the full details in the image file. I won’t discuss that here. RAW and JPG180˚ are both FishEYE.
The second highest resolution image is JPG which is a crop after distortion correction by the drones internal processing. JPG has an aspect ratio of 4:3
The lowest resolution but most attractive aspect ratio of 16:9 is JPGSNAP. The reason it has the lowest resolution is because it is cropped so much that it only takes a small portion of the entire image. The entire image is a Fisheye, so take the fish eye, stretch it out to make it flat than draw a rectangle on the straightest section from the centre and you will have a 16:9 ratio image with a fraction of the detail.
To conclude, moving from fisheye to not a fish eye you lose resolution because of the way it crops the original image after distortion correction.
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0 – Ensure your flight location is not restricted and KP index for the day is within limits. Weather permiting.
1 – Before you do any flying over water, do a battery endurance test a day or two before your flight. The battery endurance will allow you to determine the actual battery runtime and not the printed theoatrical time. (Charge it than go for your flight with peace of mind knowing the real runtime of your battery).
2 – Keep it moving. Fly slow and steady over water, if you intend to fly low. This will ensure your ultrasonic sensor does not have enough time to ping past the waters surface. If you intend to stop and hover, you may do so but climb to a highler altitude for safe hover.
3 – Easy does it. Keep it at a controlled considerable speed, not too fast. If you fly fast over water and land you will encounter the “ground dive maneuver” this is because when you push the drone to fly fast it pitches forward at an agressive angle. In turn the ultrasonic sensor is directed to the back of the craft instead of below it exceeding its limits it will register a higher altitude because of the lengthier distance from the drone to the rear as opposed to drone to directly down to the surface.
4 – Charge them up. The last thing you want is for any of your devics to go dead while you are flying over water. Charge them all UP. EVERTHING!!! Charge yourself too if you are feeling low!!
5 – Most importantly, have loads of fun! Bring your drone home and fly around over land to deplete your battery. I like to land the drone by 17% always…
This may be a problem with the ultrasonic sensor or barometer.
- If the drone hovers at less than 2 meters in altitude: the ultrasonic sensor is not measuring the height accurately. In this case, go to the settings and reset the following: MAX ALTITUDE and VERTICAL SPEED.
- If the drone hovers at more than 2 meters in altitude: the barometer is not measuring altitude changes correctly. In this case, go to the settings and reset the following: MAX ALTITUDE and VERTICAL SPEED.
Parrot Bebop 2 takes a few seconds to get started and establish a connection. Wait for the light to stop flashing, and then check the connection again. Sometimes FreeFlight Pro connects to your drone before the drone connects to your smartphone. Wait a few seconds and check the connection again.
A shaky video can be caused by different factors.
If it is a software problem:
- In the FreeFlight Pro app, go to FLY & FILM > Settings.
- Reset the flight, picture and recording settings.
- If necessary, update your Parrot Bebop 2.
If it is a mechanical problem:
- Switch off your drone and remove the battery.
- Make sure that the propellers and motors are in good condition and that there are no signs of a collision.
- Spin each propeller by hand to make sure the motor shaft is straight. The propellers should not wobble when they spin.
Yes, as long as you are within Wi-Fi range, i.e. connected to your Parrot Bebop 2. Enter the FreeFlight Pro view by pressing the live video preview at the top left and take control of Parrot Bebop 2 as you would during normal flight. This will pause the current flight plan.
All current recordings will be stopped and will only resume if the flight plan is started again from the beginning. Warning: if you restart a flight plan from the beginning, Parrot Bebop 2 will move from its current location to the first waypoint without taking into account any obstacles.
Flight plans can be created for an unlimited duration. However, the flight time may be limited by the battery charge of Parrot Bebop 2. When the battery level is too low, Parrot Bebop 2 will land. Warning: if Parrot Bebop 2 is in an inaccessible area (e.g. over a lake), the battery must be fully charged when executing your flight plan.
Should the GPS signal be lost, the drone will hover in a stationary position. Once the GPS signal is recovered, the flight plan can only be resumed by the pilot’s actions.
No, although you must be connected by Wi-Fi to the drone to monitor the video. It is advisable to have the option to take over the controls of the drone in the event of unforeseen circumstances. It is therefore advisable to stay within range of the drone while a flight plan is being executed.
Parrot Bebop 2 hovers in a stationary position and tries to recover a GPS signal. Pilot intervention is required to complete the flight plan. If the GPS signal cannot be recovered, Parrot Bebop 2 will stay in the same place. When the battery level is too low, the Parrot Bebop 2 will land.
GPS accuracy depends on the number of satellite connections you have. Depending on these satellites, the GPS position of your Parrot Bebop 2 can be accurate to a distance of 3 meters.
When creating a flight plan, it is important to take these factors into account.
It is recommended to start using Flight Plan in an open area to become familiar with the application’s settings and the limitations of the GPS.
You can send your flights by email to share them on the social networks. To do this, you must be registered on Parrot Cloud or Parrot Academy and have an internet connection. There are two buttons for sharing: Send the flight by email and Share, which is used for sharing your flight on the social networks.
To find the serial number of your PARROT BEBOP 2, simply log in to the Freeflight Pro app interface. Your serial number will appear on the main screen. Press the name of the last connected drone to access the available information such as product type, hardware version, software version or even GPS version.
Before we get into answering why lets talk about WiFi. Almost every home has a WiFi connection, some also install repeaters in their homes, there are also repeaters in remote locations on towers that pick up RF signals and amplify them. There are also devices that are continuously doing spectrum scans that are pining anything within range. Now to people and their phones, most leave WiFi on as they walk around and the phone will try to connect to an open WiFi source some of which are enabled by default.
Now back to the drone, the BEBOP drones are shipped default without a password.
What does this mean?
It means anyone can connect to them. The WiFi (SSID) is OPEN. So just as you would connect your phone to McDonalds or any other open free WiFi hotspot any phone can connect to your drones WiFi hotspot. This can cause some problems for the drone operator. Here I list some problems that can arise from other devices accessing the drones WiFi AP.
- Drone is nearly impossible to reconnect after a disconnection.
- Drone disconnects mid-flight, this is when the drone decides that the signal is weak and switches to another channel. The drone will change channel but the controller does not and will try to connect on the same frequency, now during the frequency hop if there is another device in the area it will be pinging the drone so that split second that you disconnect the other device can establish a connection the drone.
- Delay in control responses from controller to drone
- No video or delayed video feed (connected to multiple devices) ie; phone and controller WiFi
- RTH does not activate on disconnection with pilot, (drone connect to another device closer to it with better signal quality) RTH needs a permanent disconnection to imitate RTH count down. So if its connected to something it won’t require RTH to activate. Regardless of who or what its connected to.
Eventually something these things will happen weather you notice it or brush it off as a temporary bug.
Benefits of encrypting your drones WiFi AP (Access point)
- Only you are able to connect to the drone
- RTH always works (confirm GPS on take off) it will work 100% unless there is unexpected magnetic interference from solar storms or strong RF signals that knock out the IMU in which case nothing can save your drone.
- Re-connection when drone comes back into range 100% Condition you only have the control device WiFi enabled. (ie: for SC2 Phone Wifi Off, SC1 Phone WiFi only has controller profile, Phone/Tablet only no issues as those are the only devices there)
- No other phones, repeaters, RF scanners can connect to the drone.
- Video/Controls work as they should as long as you have good signal strength.
Before you ask. Here you go.
Disconnecting often for no reason?
Many things can cause the parrot drones to drift and its dependent also on the altitude as there are two different systems that hand off to each other when it surpasses a certain altitude (16ft-5m give or take).
Vision Position and GPS
At low altitudes the GPS module accuracy is 3-10m so this is where it relies heavily on the vertical camera for Vision Positioning. The vision positioning system takes a picture every 16ms and compares it than tells the drone where to align itself. You can imagine how much thinking it has to do. So if you are flying low ensure that the ground is contrasting enough.
GPS Modules rarely fail and they work best at higher altitudes, in the case that your GPS module fails mid flight at a high altitude it will switch to manual or known as ATTI. When this happens the drone will ride any wind that is available, so the best thing to do is bring it down and fast to where it can use its visual positioning system.
Dirty down facing camera can also cause drifting at low altitude.
Take Off weight (TOW)
Changing the TOW will influence its flight, the heavier it becomes without increasing thrust or improving the propulsion system may result in uncontrollable drifts that end in crashes. This is because its overwhelmed, there is not enough thrust to level out so it will lean to the heavy side, when the motor RPM maxes out and it hasn’t levelled this is when it will drift, than lean, than spin than crash. Check your thrust to weight ratio.
Wind speeds can also cause the drone to drift (ride the wind) when the maximum tolerance has been reached.
before you ask? here….https://www.anthonyvlog.com/ufaqs/what-is-the-maximum-wind-tolerance-for-the-bebop-2-2p/
It’s getting old and tired.
Bad storage conditions and voltages and speed up the ageing process.
Before you ask! Here… https://www.anthonyvlog.com/ufaqs/what-is-best-way-to-store-batteries-for-long-periods/
- If there is something terribly wrong with the drone
- If the drone is possessed by a paranormal being
- If the drone does not fly as it should
- If you can not connect to the drone
- If some features are not working
- If you video feed is turning into a snail
Without Balance charger
- Charge up battery to full capacity
- Fly drone or power on and let sit till battery reads 50%
- Another alternative is to completely drain the battery down than put it on the charger for 30minutes
With Balance charger
- Set storage voltage to 3.70-3.80 volts per cell
- EV-PEAK DP1/DP2 has a one button storage option
- Store batteries away from moisture in a dry place
- Storage temperature between 10-40˚c
- Discharge and recharge battery to storage once every 3 months if not used
- When you are ready to use the batteries again, discharge completely than charge to full.
- Discharge once more completely than recharge full.
- First flight to be your battery endurance test, keep is close and low. If there is a problem with the battery you will know in this flight. Don’t be a hero!
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Lightroom
- Final Cut Pro x (Moderate to Advanced Editing) Mac only
- DaVinci Resolve (Moderate to Advanced Editing)
- Adobe Premier Pro (Advanced editing)
- GoPro Quick (Quick unassisted video compilation)
- Garmin Virb Edit (For telemetry overlay)
- Fly in wide open spaces with little to no structures.
- Always point the controller towards the drone. (Use radar to show drones heading and direction controller is pointing)
- Use country setting USA (do this at your own risk as it does not comply with EU regulations for wireless power)
- Encrypt your drones WiFi with a password.
- Use manual network channel selection and choose a channel with the least interference on site.
There are multiple photo settings that can be opened by tapping on the top icon as explained in the video. Iv also gone ahead and explode the other things in the photo and video menu.
The picture modes are;
- JPG (Un-cropped Landscape format)
- JPEG SNAP (Landscape format cropped to 16:9)
- JPG180˚ (Fish Eye in JPEG format)
- DNG (Fish Eye in RAW format)
The video will be updated when I have to to 5.3.2 but you get the basic idea of how to navigate the internal menus from watching this.
Side Wind Resistance
The maximum side wind speed that the BEBOP can handle is 47.20km/h, take 10% off the top and that is your maximum safe flying windspeed.
The maximum side wind speed that the BEBOP 2/2P can handle is 58.47km/h, take 10% off the top and that is your maximum safe flying windspeed.
Front Wind Resistance
The maximum front wind speed that the BEBOP can handle is 61.30km/h, take 10% off the top and that is your maximum safe flying windspeed.
The maximum front wind speed that the BEBOP 2/2P can handle is 64.82km/h, take 10% off the top and that is your maximum safe flying windspeed.
Wind turbine test video by Parrot engineers.
Not well at all. This drone was not intended to be flown at night let alone record footage, this won’t stop anyone from using it at night though.
Here I have done a comparison between the Parrot BEBOP 2 and another drone. What you do think?
The images have not been altered and the drone/s were set to auto. (not much of a choice with the bebop2, its only got auto).
From this we can tell that the BEBOP 2’s slowest shutter is 1/100sec which is not really a shutter you would use at night with such a tiny image sensor.
I hope this example sheds more light on the ever so intriguing question.
You have video jello in the drones footage because vibration from the propulsion system is transferring to the camera system. The vibration frequency will create video jello.
On the BEBOP’s the most common cause of video jello are the propellers but here is what you should check.
- Check that the screws are not loose on the motor. (Simply hold and pull the motor away from the cross frame.) if you see a gap or if there is play than the screws have unwound themselves and require re-tourqe and application of loctite.
- Use new propellers, and ensure that your carry case or storage area does not apply force on the propellers as this could deform the propellers. Always store between 10-40˚C
- If you have checked the screws and replaced the motor but video jello is still in the video. You can get a motor repair kit which consists of the motor cages, shaft and c-clips. They are fairly easy to change. Remind me to make a video and include it in this FAQ.
iMAX B6 AC is commonly used. Requires a special balance lead.
EV-PEAK DP2 is a dedicated 3 bay balance charger for the Parrot BEBOP 2 batteries. (No special cable required)
EV-PEAK DP1 is a dedicated 3 bay balance charger for the Parrot BEBOP batteries. (No special cable required)
Yes and No.
Yes, if you’re broke and want cheap batteries without warranty that needs an additional balance charger. So if you want to use 3rd Pty batteries get a nice balance charger.
No, if you reassure your parrot warranty and only use parrot products. In the event of a catastrophic failure you can rest assured that if all OEM parts are used, Parrot will most likely be on your side.
But… i’m not parrot so choose wisely.
There is a clause in parrots TOS that warrant is void when a 3rd Pty accessory or App is used.
Yes you can on iOS (Apple) devices. No you can’t for Android devices as of yet.
The drone will ascend past the negative altitude to a positive 20 than make a trek heading start to home point. Once it reached home point it will descend to 2m and hover.
The drone will return to home point marking a straight line at the same altitude it is at when it is above 20m. Once it reaches home point it will descend to 2m and hover.
The drone will ascend to 20m than make a direct heading straight to the home point.
The default height for return to home is set to 20m in FreeFlight Pro and can not be changed.
Before you proceed, make sure to charge up your battery completely.
- Turn on the drone by pressing the power button once
- The drone will boot up and will confirm boot completed when the power LED goes bright and solid. The fan will also spin consistently.
- Now that the drone is completely booted, press and hold the power button until the fan stops spinning. The drone will reboot twice.
During the reboot, do not attempt to press the power button ore remove the battery. It is important that the drone is not interrupted during this time.
- Turn off wifi on the phone.
- Connect phone via cable to the controller.
- Power on controller, app will open if not launch the app manually and confirm that the controller is connected by viewing (battery %) of controller.
- Now power on the drone, and with the drone connected you can go into the network settings and add a Password.
- Once the drone reboots the wifi radio (firmware depended) it will establish connection again with password encrypted.
- If it does not connect, on the main screen of the APP tap on connect. In the drop down menu, tap on forget next to the drone. Than tap on connect again and it will prompt the password. It will now establish connection between the drone and the controller.
Note: Setting up the connecting via Phone only does not save the connection settings to the controller. The controller will remain unpaired unless the above is done.
- Front lens element offset
- Lens barely assembly off centre
- Front lens element has been polished (uneven surface)
- Sensor has dust