First Look At The Freefly ALTA iOS App

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  1. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    Take a look at this gorgeous piece of software. Super impressive!

     
  2. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Thank you, thank you.....No imposing "whoooosh, thump" at the beginning! No disco music throughout.
    :)

    Andy.
     
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  3. MIke Magee

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    Well done Steve. I look forward to further installments. Especially Futaba configuration. I think you missed your calling. You should be an instructor.
    Thanks.
     
  4. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    Thanks, Mike.
    Funny you say that.
    My first job at Apple was as an instructional designer for their Mac developer courses. It didn't last long though, once they found out I could code, too. :)
     
  5. Rory Hinds

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    Does the WiFi signal turn off automatically before flight and during flight to avoid any issues with WiFi messing with the Flight Controller?
     
  6. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    You can use the app to monitor the ALTA when it's in the air up to at least 100' away (maybe more depending on the environment). The wifi is definitely left ON in flight. I don't think you can even turn it off, as there'd be no way to turn it back on if the app was disconnected. I believe the Bluetooth link like what the MōVIs use is no longer supported. The iOS app only works with wifi.
     
  7. Rory Hinds

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    hmmm that is worrying as WiFi has a tendency to cause major issues with Flight Controllers and other 2.4Ghz equipment.

    I wonder why they did this? Surely is unsafe to have a live WifI device during flight.
     
  8. Steve Maller

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    I've seen the same accounts, but the characters in these stories are GoPros and other cheap cameras with very low-cost and often badly-designed wifi systems, as well as cheap 2.4 radios and ridiculously noisy power systems and the like.

    ALTA has been tested extensively in all sorts of environments, and Freefly have test equipment that looks like NASA, so I know they wouldn't have chosen wifi if it had any chance of interfering with any of the electronics. The ALTA's got an extraordinary amount of thought put into shielding and isolation that I'll get in to in another post. And I believe Freefly have more videos and info coming highlighting lots of this.

    As I've said before, I've learned #prolevel is not just a hashtag to Freefly. :)
     
  9. Rory Hinds

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    I'd love to trust it.
    We all know how WiFI on the GoPro messed with the Phantom and caused fly aways. Just really would like to avoid any chance of that happening flying $80k worth of camera/gimbal gear
     
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    Rory lots of flights with Cinestars and a variety of FC's with GoPros mounted. Never any issue. Only thing I noticed a couple of times was slow to do a GPS lock. But those were few. Lots of flights with Synapse testing with the GoPro Black 3 within inches of the the Synapse and no issue.
     
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    Hmm, I can tell you that I work for NASA on international projects and I am not always convinced of their quality ;)

    Anyhow, this frequency mixing might be a challenging setup with all the radio frequencies for flight and video shooting:
    - FPV 5.8 GHZ
    - Gimbal Video (Rebotnix) 5.8 GHz to RB-Node and WiFi from RB-Node to Ipad
    - Bluetooth Gimbal Control
    - 2.4 GHz Flight Control Futaba 14SG
    - 2.4 GHz Gimbal Control Futaba T10J
    - plus new ALTA WiFi

    Now I know why I always get headache :rolleyes:
     
  13. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    :eek:
    My radio matrix is similarly dizzying...
    • Futaba 2.4 for ALTA control
    • Spektrum 2.4 for MōVI control (or, alternately MIMIC 2.4)
    • 1280mHz video for ALTA FPV
    • 1258mHz video for MōVI FPV (yes, this works on adjacent channels)
    • Bluetooth for MōVI M5
    • ALTA wifi
    • ...and possibly GH4 wifi, too
    Oh, and you can't forget the obligatory iPhone LTE connection to post those realtime Instagram selfies. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Some alien SETI program is going to be picking up the signals from your ALTA, Steve.
    If they show up asking to be taken to our leader, please use this. :) :)

    Andy
     
  15. Steve Maller

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    The "i" in SETI might indicate that as the wrong path. But maybe not. :(
     
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    Steve look at this picture what could possibly go wrong??
     

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  17. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Err...Pilot Error (not shown)?

    Edit: Oh, and terrestrial weather and solar weather.

    Andy.
     
  18. Gary Haynes

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    Steve you should try the app on you iPhone. Looks fine...
     
  19. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    It works great on my iPhone and my iPad. I prefer the iPad for the screen size. But in the field it's likely the iPhone will be more practical.
     
  20. Jose Luis Ocejo

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    tha
    Thats a good one Andy
     

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