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Lost my Anafi while running Pix4D Capture


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Dec 15, 2018
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The app froze and seemed to lose all connection to the drone within a couple of minutes of take-off, before it had even reached the start point to take pictures. The controller’s return to home button did not work, nor did the drone return automatically to the take-off point when the battery would have been getting low. In fact, it seems to have continued flying on, uncontrolled, after reaching the start point because I could see no sign of it flying or hovering anywhere over the area that was to be mapped.

While the obvious culprit is the Pix4D Capture app - I have never experienced such a total failure with it before, and it was working OK several days earlier. Could the fact that I had taken out my phone’s sd storage card but forgot to amended the app’s instructions to save images to that card been the trigger for the issue? But I am also wondering if drone jamming technology could have done this? I was flying a few miles from, and (from the altitude of the drone) within line of sight of, a Turkish military base (investigating an archaeological site they had recently destroyed).
What you experienced was a

Jamming/wifi attack is a possibilty to be open to.

That is common for not letting GPS turn green before takeoff. No RTH set.

Did you have strong password and wifi turned off on phone so it cant accidently connect?

Controller charged?

Drone compass calibrated?

Were you standing in a place where your GPS on your phone was blocked or turned off?

Were you on auto wifi or manual wifi?

Using FF6?

Did you accidently set a custom RTH coirdinate.

If you set a strict geo fence I think that would stop it from getting far.
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Sorry for the delay in replying. Pix4d Capture has been a standalone app for the Anafi for the past two or three years, so I was not running FF6 at all. In fact, since Capture had become a standalone without the requirement to start FF6 first, I had assumed it should not be run with FF6. So all the FF6 functions like geofence and last known location were not running at the time of the flyaway. The controller was fully charged minus whatever had drained from it during a prior 20 minute Pix4D flight that had gone OK. Battery was fully charged.
Can Pix4d run alongside FF6? I'll have to give it a try since bought a used (but looks almost unused) and claimed non-working Anafi on ebay for just £105 (complete with battery) - tested it this weekend and it seems to fly OK with my leftover controller!

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