The following guest post was written by Oliver McClintock. McClintock is the creator of drone community MyDearDrone.
It’s not every day that a drone lands in your backyard, on your roof or driveway — but it does happen. What do you do if you find a lost drone?
Lost quads are found in 3 general conditions:
- Dead – no spinning props, no lights, and possibly in several pieces if the unit crashed.
- Active – no spinning props, but lights are on, and possibly in several pieces if the unit crashed.
- Live – Still trying to fly, lights are on, and possibly in several pieces if the unit crashed.
Here’s what to do if you find a drone in each of these conditions:
Dead Unit (safe to approach with caution): Most drones have lights and indicators visible from outside the unit. These lights enhance visibility at long-range, and can indicate the current status of the onboard navigation system, such as flight mode, low battery, GPS status, etc.
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Most of the time, if a unit is completely “dark” with no marker lights or status lights illuminated, the unit is off or has drained its battery pack below a working level. Drones in this category are safe to approach (with caution). From there, check for an identification tag or marking (some owners will mark their unit with a contact name and phone number). Continue reading What to do if you find a lost drone