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The patrol mission is designed for observation of a specific point or general area of interest. This could be a section of beach, a mine or an industrial premises.

NOTE: If you have a Spark you cannot use this mission. The Spark does not support waypoint missions.
  • The drone will fly a set of waypoints and can repeat the same path several times, this leaves you free to view and modify the camera view
  • Still images or video are automatically taken during the main part of the patrol mission
  • You can choose to have the drone always point at a specific point of interest, or fly in "free" mode, giving you manual control over the direction of the camera
  • If you don't set a specific point of interest when planning the mission, Camera horizontal orientation (yaw) can be modified using the left hand (yaw) stick on the RC controller.
  • If you do set a specific point of interest, the drone will always point at that. Full yaw control via the sticks is disabled.
  • Camera vertical orientation (pitch) can be controlled on any drone model at all times using either the wheel on the top left of the RC controller or by swiping up and down on the Camera live view.
There are three main steps involved in creating a patrol mission
  1. Setting the mission objectives
  2. Defining the flight path and optional camera target
First, navigate to the Plan screen using the main menu as shown below. Tap the "Hamburger" icon at the top left of the screen to display this menu:

On the Plan screen, move the map close to the area that you would like to view and zoom in to a comfortable level. Don't zoom in too far. While you can zoom and scroll later, it is easier to move the map to roughly where you need it first.

When ready to create the mission, press the round blue + button at the bottom right of the screen to reveal the mission selector. Tap on the "Patrol" button and then tap Next to start building a Patrol mission.

Step 1: Mission Objectives

Note that you can exit mission creation by tapping the X at the top left of the objectives dialog. This will cancel new mission creation and retain whatever mission is currently loaded.

In the example above, there are several important settings that you can change, but in many cases the defaults will be suitable
  • Camera - The camera should show the drone that you are connected to now, or were last connected to.
    • Tap on this section of the dialog to display the camera settings.
    • In Patrol missions JPG and RAW photos as well as video mode can be used.
Tip: You don't have to change Camera settings now, you can change them at any time prior to takeoff. Camera settings are available from the main app menu
  • Minimum Safe Alt - this is a critical setting for the entire mission.
    • Whatever other settings you choose, no part of the mission can be lower than this altitude.
    • It also defines the altitude at which the vertical part of takeoff finishes and the vertical part of landing begins
    • Make sure the Min Safe Alt is set well above any obstacles such as tall trees or buildings in your area of operations. The safety of the drone and people and property around you is your responsibility.
    • Remember - all altitudes are measured relative to the Home point.
  • Flying altitude (above home) - Use this option to simply enter the altitude that the Patrol flight path will be at.
    • This must be above the Min Safe Alt (app will enforce this)
  • Target Speed - this is the speed in m/s that the aircraft will attempt to attain when flying along the Patrol flight path
    • As you move the speed slider, the distance between photos is indicated below the speed.
      • This is based on the current camera setting (JPG/RAW). If in JPG mode, photos are taken every 5s, in RAW mode, every 12s.
    • 5 m/s=0.7km/hr=0.45 miles/hr
  • Gimbal Angle - This sets the initial gimbal angle at takeoff. You retain full manual control of the gimbal during flight so this is just a starting position only.
  • Repeat Settings
    • Fly mission waypoints x times: Choose the number of times you wish to fly through the waypoints. 1 time simply means it will fly through the waypoints once (one complete loop out and back), 2 times means twice etc.
    • Fly back along mission after last waypoint: Tick this option if you would like to fly back to the home point through the waypoints you created. If ticked off, the aircraft will head directly home after the last waypoint.
Tip: The aircraft will fly to a point above the home point on each repeat, as home is considered part of the mission. One repeat is counted as one lap from home back to home. 
  • Review mission after creation - if you tick this on, the app will remain on the Planning page once you have finished creating the mission. If ticked off, it will automatically return to the Fly page, ready for takeoff.
Once you are satisfied with your settings, press the NEXT button at the top right of the dialog.

Step 2: Defining the flight path and optional camera target


In this step, you will define
  • the optional camera target
  • the flight path.
The aircraft will fly along the flight path. If you define a camera target, it will point at this target at all times during the flight.

Flight Path

Tap the screen to place a waypoint. The tablet should vibrate when a waypoint is created. You can use up to 20 waypoints to define the path, but more waypoints mean longer missions.

The order of the waypoints (as indicated by the numbers on them) is the order they will be flown in.

You can move waypoints by dragging them. To delete a waypoint, drag it into the red rubbish bin icon.

The estimated flight time is shown in white at the bottom of the screen. This includes a 2min allowance for the inbound/outbound leg of the mission.

Optional Target Point

If you wish to add a target point to your mission:
  • Tap on the add target icon at the left of the screen (looks like a target icon with a plus symbol next to it).
  • Then drag this icon into position. You can move this point to a new location at any time during this step by dragging it.
  • Drag it into the rubbish bin at the bottom left of the screen to remove it if you decide you don't want a camera target.
Tip: To zoom in/out and move or rotate the map, you can use regular pinch/zoom or single finger drag gestures on an area of the map away from the waypoint and point of interest icons. 

Tip: If you have zoomed in too far, finger gestures may not work correctly. In this case, use the  button at the top right of the screen to zoom out one step.

Tap the blue OK button when you are finished.

Mission Statistics
After the mission is created, basic mission statistics are updated in the white strip beneath the map on the Plan page.

Final tips for Patrol missions:
  • If you do select a target point, the drone will point at it for the entire mission (including in and outbound sections). In this case, you won't have much horizontal control of the camera
  • If you did not add a target point, you will have full control over the drone heading and camera horizontal position, using the RC controller sticks
  • You have full control over the vertical (pitch) orientation of the camera in either case.
  • The drone will fly back to a point over the home position on each repeat of the mission.
  • You can fly a Patrol mission with the camera set to JPG or RAW or Video.
  • The drone does not take terrain into account in any mission type. All altitudes are relative to the takeoff point. Please ensure you set the Min Safe Alt high enough to avoid crashing into terrain, buildings, people or infrastructure at any point of the mission. You are responsible for the safety of your equipment and people and property around you.

A critical part of any mission is the Home point.


Most recent DJI drone models are supported


Camera setting have recently had a major revamp.

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