So you have a drone and downloaded Botlink. Now what?

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the home screen. Reading this screen correctly will allow you to fly safer, smarter, and faster than ever before.

Step 2: Open Botlink with an active internet connection and make sure your location services are turned on (This lets us know where to put "you" on the map).

Step 3: Power on your drone and follow all your drone's protocols to get it ready to take off. Make sure your XRD is connected correctly as well.

Note: The position your drone is powered on is now considered "Home". That means if you press Return to Home this is where your drone will fly towards.

Step 4: Press Menu in the upper left corner and select Connections to begin setting up your drone connection. On this screen press the Create New button in the lower right hand corner and choose USB Connection. Give this connection a name which will allow you to differentiate between multiple connections later.


Step 5:
Next we need to create a new Drone Profile. To do so, press the Create New button and select Drone. Give this profile a name as well and then pair the previously created Connection with this Drone Profile using Add Connection.

Step 6: Before you can create a Camera connection you'll need to connect to your drone. Navigate back to your Drone Profiles screen and you'll see a Connect button next to your previously created profile. Tapping that will activate the link between your tablet and the drone. Once fully connected, the "connect" button will turn to Disconnect and you will be able to use the Mission view.

Note: Make sure your USB Radio is plugged into your tablet and it has both green and red lights showing through the case.

Step 7: Now that you are connected to your drone+XRD you can create a Camera connection. Once again, press Menu, then the Create New button, and this time select Cameras. This tells the XRD to start scanning for available cameras in the area and make sure the camera you want to connect to has its WiFi turned on. Once it finishes scanning select the camera you'd like to connect to and then fill out the connection information. This information will be important in regards to how your images will be processed.


Step 8:
Now that we have a connection created we need to make a Mission. Press the Menu button and select Missions. Tap the Create New button and select Survey. The Survey tool is used to quickly create an area to fly over.

Center the screen over where you'd like the survey and tap "Place Your Survey" to put a small survey at that point. Once that is created you can drag the waypoints to create the bounds of the survey. If you need an intermediate waypoint, simply tap between two existing waypoints to create a third.

Once you have the outline finished there are settings you can edit about the survey on the bottom. Changing the altitude of the survey adjusts how high the drone will fly while taking the images. The overlap dictates how much of an overlap each image will have between the passes. When finished, press Save to create that Mission.

Now that you have a Drone Profile, a Connection, a Camera, and a Mission you have all the necessary steps completed to start flying. The article Fixed Wing Flight will walk you through getting airborne.

For a more involved look on how to plan out missions in Botlink go to the Mission Planner article. It goes much more in-depth with the different tools available for you to create a flight.

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