Quickly capture 3D models with the Scan tool from Site Scan. Upon selecting a structure to model, Site Scan calculates a route for Solo to fly automatically and gather the data needed for your 3D model. When ready, initiate your Scan mission by launching Solo with the push of a button. Solo then flies the mission displayed on the flight map and returns to land where it took off.
Step 1: Navigate to the Scan tool
1.) Begin by opening the App. Once loaded, you are greeted by the Home Screen. To continue, select Flight Tools.
2.) Select Scan from the Flight Tool options.
Step 2: Select your object of interest
1.) The Scan tool’s home page displays a map or satellite image of your area. Adjust the view by pinching and pulling the screen image.
Select the object you want to 3D model by long pressing its location on the map. This places a marker indicating your selected location.
2.) Once you have selected the object’s location, a white circle appears around the marked location signifying the Solo’s flight path for the upcoming mission. To check and configure the mission’s settings, tap the Options icon in the bottom-left corner.
In Scan Settings, you can adjust:
- Start Altitude: This is the height at which Solo makes its first Scan circuit. It is strongly recommended that you set Start Altitude to be above the height of the tallest object in the area that you are making a scan of. This way, in case of a call to Return Home, Solo can clear any intervening objects when making its way back to the home location.
Pro tip: if you are unsure about the height of the tallest object in your Scan area, fly manually above the object and record the height using the altitude meter on the controller.
- Circle Radius: The radius of the circle Solo flies around the subject it’s scanning. This circle is shown in white on the screen, centered around the spot you indicated.
- Step Height: The difference in altitude between the first and second passes Solo makes when scanning. To determine the altitude of the second pass, Site Scan adds this value to the Start Altitude value.
- Continue in Auto Mode: When this switch is on (the default), Solo continues its 3D-modeling mission even if communication between Solo and the Controller is disrupted. Normally, when communication is broken, Solo automatically returns home. When Continue In Auto Mode is off, this happens immediately.
Step 3: Launch Solo
As a best practice, it is recommended that you give this preflight checklist a run through before taking off. It is important to identify potential obstacles in Solo’s flight path and validate a clear line of flight to return home in case of an emergency, and never fly above people.
1.) To begin your Scan mission, first tap the Play button:
2.) Then swipe the slider to the right:
Solo takes off and flies the Scan mission, snapping photos as it goes, and then returns and lands at the Home location.