We have been hard at work on adding onboard compatibility for DJI drones that support uploading waypoints *, and this feature is now available for testing in the latest Dronelink beta (v3.0.0).
You can access the beta web app here. It may ask you to login again - just use the same username/password as the production website.
Once you have the beta, there are three ways to access the feature:
- Open an existing mission plan and click Settings (...) > Convert > DJI Waypoints
- Create a new mission plan from the DJI Waypoints template in the create dialog
- Create a new blank mission plan and add a DJI Waypoints component from the new component menu
This feature has been in the works for quite a while, and the reason we spent so much time was because a) there are already many other apps that support uploading waypoints and b) we didn't want to release a clone of these apps with all the same annoying limitations.
We believe the Dronelink implementation of this feature is better in many key ways (see list below), and it can even improve over time due to the unique approach we developed to overcome many of the underlying limitations of DJI's waypoint system (e.g. pushing logic into the converter and making it better with future updates / optimizations).
Dronelink mission plans can effectively run multiple DJI Waypoint missions without requiring the user to open each new mission. Each DJI waypoint mission is just another component of the same mission plan.
Dronelink effectively supports unlimited waypoints because missions that go over 99 waypoints can be split into multiple components. Each set of waypoints does need to be uploaded after the previous waypoints finish, so you do need to have a connection between components.
Dronelink allows you to convert any normal mission plan into a DJI Waypoints mission plan, meaning that you can take advantage of all the great features of the Dronelink mission planner (estimates, mission preview, etc) and there are even some optimizations for specific types of components such as:
- Path - handles bezier curves - not just straight segments between waypoints
- Map - uses waypoint actions with distance-based triggering
- Inspection - takes full advantage of waypoint actions
Smart Mission Resuming
Dronelink supports resuming anywhere along the path of a waypoint mission, not just from specific waypoints, and it automatically remembers this location (it doesn't need to ask you to enter a waypoint to resume from). Like normal Dronelink missions, you can resume across batteries, devices, drones, users, etc.
For general questions or comments about this feature, please respond to this thread. If you have specific bug reports, please create new threads.
* Supported drones include Phantoms, Mavic pros, etc. We have not magically found a way to upload waypoints to drones that do not support this feature in the DJI SDK (Mavic Mini, Mavic Air 2, etc).
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