As your drone moves along an automated flight path, its camera may be oriented in a range of directions. Common orientations are: parallel to main path, perpendicular to main path, and course aligned. 

Better survey results can be achieved when the camera is facing the same direction relative to the flight path, commonly called "course aligned." 

The Phantom 4 RTK, when using GS RTK, will automatically be set to Course Aligned provided the camera is facing straight down. Please see the example below for DJI drones using GS Pro.

Common Issues:

  • Older versions of GS Pro do not support Course Aligned mode.
  • Accidentally selecting Photo Map instead of 3D Map Area will prevent the use of Course Aligned mode.
  • Some missions with very long flight paths will falsely be flagged in the upload procedure.
  • Some RPAS systems don't support Course Aligned. If you can't change the setting, don't stress; this is a recommendation for some of the most common systems we see.

I still can't do it!

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