The first step in getting started with your SlantRange system is to set up a new account on analytics.slantrange.com. From analytics.slantrange.com you can view license information, download needed software, and reference support information.
The next step in system setup is to ensure your sensor and AIS are mounted correctly, at the right orientation and angle. Mounting orientation varies based on your 3p system. Please reference linked articles for more information.
- The Field Sensor and AIS are directional, please pay close attention to mounting them forward facing as shown in your mounting guide.
- Ensure the AIS cable clicks into both the AIS and sensor port for secure connection
- To mount a 3pX senor to DJI's Skyport, align the white dot on the sensor to red dot on the drone. Insert and twist sensor counter-clockwise to lock. Press button and twist clockwise to release.
Each time you mount your 3p sensor to a new aircraft, change aircraft hardware, or move the sensor 500 or more miles from the location of the previous calibration, we recommend running a Compass Calibration to get an accurate magnetic profile of the sensor's surroundings.
The first step in flight planning is to determine your desired flight planner. Guides for our supported flight planners are copied below.
- Use a SlantRange flight calculator for altitude and speed recommendations. SlantRange calculators are available in supported flight planners.
- To produce maps in SlantView, images must be collected in a lawnmower pattern. Fly forward at all times, never "hand fly" a mission, and extend the legs of your flight plan past the field boundary.
- SlantRange sensors can produce a dataset with as little as 20% sidelap in good conditions. Most datasets are collected in a range of 20-40% sidelap. We recommend starting at 40% sidelap and working your way down as you gain more familiarity with the system.
- Depending on the type of data collection, you may need to input plant size information into the SlantRange Calculator. Make the plant measurements as shown from above: for non-symmetrical plants, the length is the long dimension, width is the short dimension. For more circular plants, enter the diameter as the length and width. Plant height is not used as a factor in this calculation.
- Power on aircraft, and SlantRange sensor.
- Open mission in desired flight planning app, modify as needed
- Make sure AIS is not shaded and has a clear view of the sky.
- Begin data collection by pressing the AIS button after arriving at a solid Red, Green, Yellow light, and releasing when the light turns yellow. Wait for a blinking green light.
- Start mission through flight plan app
- Monitor aircraft and surrounding airspace while in flight
- After landing, finish the data collection by pressing the AIS button and releasing it when it turns yellow, wait for solid green, yellow, and red lights on AIS. Shut down the sensor before powering off.
- Power down aircraft and SlantRange sensor
After each data collection, we recommend conducting a data quality check.