Yes at the 5:30 mark the drone fell out of the sky. I assume it was 400' (120m) because that is what the altimeter read on the monitor. I was lucky it hit the truck and deflected off, otherwise it would have a lot been worse. Frankly it is a miracle that only one leg was damaged. No idea about the gimbal/camera as my local shop can only fix the drone.When you say “crashing down” do you mean dead stick? By the look of the damage that does not appear the case.
This is a file recorded internally after every powering-up procedure. The state of entire system is reflected here, every command and system responds, every warnings etc. etc. However, only experienced eyes can read and interpret such data. You can retrieve flight log file with Assistant 2 software, assuming that the bird is alive after powering up. If your Inspire is still under warranty, DJI will analyze the data and - hopefully - come up with conclusion. If not, somebody may be able to do it for you ...hmm I didn't think of that, I will have to test the controller. Wondering why it would come crashing down though, if it was just a problem with the controller. What is a DAT file and how do I retrieve it?
Question wasn’t directed to you. Never mind. Hopefully I won’t bother you again and I apologize for my inabilities to be as articulate as yourself.Are you texting while driving ??? Too lazy to articulate your question better ??? So, here's my answer: I don't know what are you talking about.
I agree, should not of been out in that weather. Of course it was the last day and I was desperate to get some footage. The location was outside the park boundary (Banff Nation Park), in uncontrolled airspace, greater than 30m from people; so legal by Nav Canada regs. Still a bad idea though.IMy humble guess is that everything was related to the air conditions and mountain environment. Not sure where you were flying but Part 107 regs prohibit flying that close to clouds, and if this was a commercial project the USFS needed to approve it. And of course if this was inside the US national parks boundaries, that is off limits also. All that said, I appreciate greatly your posting. It certainly brings reality to my fears of flying in mountains that are being consumed with a wet cold front......
Don't know if landing coming up and down was my doing or if it was happening automatically. I was pushing a lot of buttons to get it to respond to something. It landed with the gear down, otherwise the camera/gimbal would have been worse off.Just a question. Why was the landing gear doing what it was doing?
OK, so what is the outcome of your post? Do we know something beyond speculations? Did we learn something from your unfortunate accident? Have you been able to analyze the flight log data?Thanks for your input your everyone, if anything an expensive lesson as been learned...
Thank you for your reply, but ... what do you call a "rotor"? The one and only part which may cause such behaviour is a malfunctioning controller stick ...I was not able to retrieve the DAT file prior to sending it to my local DJI repair shop. Based on the comments here my conclusion is the controller was working but the rotors were stuck; first in the upward direction, preventing descent, and finally in the downward direction. It did not "fall" due to loss of power, rather it was descending rapidly (at 9kph according to the flight log). The landing gear was down, so Obstacle Avoidance was disable. A frozen rotor the most likely cause.
My take aways:
1.Clouds are wet
2. Ice is cold
3. The inspire is not amphibious
4. 8k is a lot to loose on a horse race