(Android, iOS) Which type of mission to choose

Pix4Dcapture offers the possibility to fly four different kind of autopilot missions and one manual but semi-automatic mission.

To get the best results out of the image acquisition plan, the type of mission and the drone have to be chosen depending on the terrain/objects that need to be reconstructed. For more information:
Step 1. Before Starting a Project > 1. Designing the Image Acquisition Plan > a. Selecting the Image Acquisition Plan Type.
(Android, iOS) Which drones are supported by Pix4Dcapture.

 
Important notes: Depending on the drone used, some type of missions are not available. In this case, the mission type will not be displayed on the home screen in the application.
Type of mission Description

home_screen_grid.png Grid

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Plan and fly a nadir rectangle mission.

Suitable for most environments. It ensures that images are taken with the overlap required for optimal processing.

Recommended in the following cases:

  • Main interest in 2D map outputs (DSM, orthomosaic, etc.).
  • Relatively flat surface (e.g. fields, earthworks).
  • Large area.

home_sreen_double.png Double Grid

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Plan and fly a two consecutive nadir rectangle missions.

It ensures that images are taken from multiple sides, with the overlap required for optimal processing. Compared to the simple grid, this mission is recommended for flying closer to objects in order to capture more vertical details.

Recommended in the following cases:

  • Main interest in 3D model outputs (point cloud, mesh, etc.).
  • Surface with height fluctuations or objects (e.g. buildings, forest).
  • Small and medium area as the flight time is doubled.

home_screen_polygon.png Polygon

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Plan and fly a nadir polygonal mission.

Suitable for most environments that require flexible boundaries for flying or with a complex mapping shape. It ensures that images are taken with the overlap required for optimal processing.

Recommended in the following cases:

  • Main interest in 2D map outputs (DSM, orthomosaic, etc.).
  • Relatively flat surface (e.g. fields, earthworks).
  • Large area.
  • Complex shape and constraints in the flight boundaries.

home_screen_circular.png Circular

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Plan and fly an ellipsoid mission around objects.

It ensures that the images are taken from all angles around a target point, with the overlap required for optimal processing. For high objects, flying several circular missions at different altitude is suggested.

Recommended in the following cases:

  • Main interest in 3D model outputs (point cloud, mesh, etc.).
  • Isolated object (e.g. tower, pylon, building).
  • Small area.

home_screen_free.png Free Flight

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Plan and fly a free flight mission (advanced users).

Suitable to map more difficult objects that require more flexibility. The camera shutter is automatically triggered according to a horizontal and vertical distance interval. It requires to manually pilot the drone.

Recommended in the following cases:

  • Main interest in 3D model outputs (point cloud, mesh, etc.).
  • Small area.
  • Complex or vertical structures (e.g. building facade, cliff, bridge, etc.

For more information on how to prepare a free flight mission: How to prepare and start a free flight mission.
For information about the image acquisition plan: Step 1. Before Starting a Project > 1. Designing the Image Acquisition Plan > a. Selecting the Image Acquisition Plan Type.

 

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  • Cesar Chavarria

    because you can not perform scheduled flights with the spark dji, I get an error that is not in position P, sample image is attached

  • Gaël (Pix4D)

    Hi Cesar,

    Only Free flight missions will be available while using Pix4Dcapture with the DJI Spark. I would suggest you to have a look at how to prepare and start a free flight mission procedure on our Knowledge Base.
    If you cannot make it work I would suggest you have a look at our basic checks and troubleshooting, it will solve your issue in most of the cases.

    Best,

  • Cristian Marines

    Buen dia, quiero saber como se activa la función de Multibateria, voy a realizar un proyecto de 250 hectáreas, y quiero aplicar esa función para mapear toda el area.

    Gracias!!!

  • Gaël (Pix4D)

    Hola Cristian,

    Para volar misiones de varias baterías, puede seguir el siguiente procedimiento. Ahí se explica el flujo de trabajo sobre cómo lograrlos.

    Saludos

  • Adalberto Pereira

    Olá estou com problemas quanto a travamento do app em meu dispositivo, o mesmo trava durante o vôo e fico sem receber importantes informações de meu drone, além do que o mesmo muda para vôo manual sozinho!!! Por favor me ajudem...

  • Gaël (Pix4D)

    Hi Adalberto,

    In order to help you efficiently, can you answer the following questions:
    - What is your configuration (drone, camera, mobile device)?
    - Are you update with the latest drone firmware and the latest Pix4Dcapture versions?
    - Would you be able to send us relevant screenshots of the issue?

    I recommend you going all along our basic checks and troubleshooting steps described in this article. It will enable to solve most of the issues encountered.
    Using Pix4Dcapture, when unexpected behavior occurs, we recommend interrupting the mission following the procedure described here.

    Best,

  • Adalberto Pereira

    Hi my drone is anafi work, skycontroller 3, my dispositive is a xt 1900-6 desenveloped Motorola and every apps hás a last update.

  • Gaël (Pix4D)

    Hello Adalberto,

    Can you precise me what is exactly the issue you are encountering? If I understand well the issue, the application crashes, is it occurring all the time or you had this issue only once?
    Note that touching the joysticks when flying a Parrot drone will switch the drone to the manual mode.

    Best,

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