Here are some common reasons why you aren't able to upload PPK data into Propeller.
You aren't using a compatible drone with Propeller AeroPointsThe Propeller PPK workflow can only be used with this specific combination of drone and ground control. AeroPoints are optimized to work with this workflow. You can upload data with high-accuracy geotags, but the PPK upload is a different workflow.
Your AeroPoint survey does not line up with your drone flight
AeroPoints need to collect data for the duration of your drone flight. To make sure you are collecting data for the entire survey, please place and turn on your AeroPoints before you launch your drone, and only collect or move them after your mission is complete and the drone has landed. Collect your AeroPoints in reverse order at least 10 minutes after you finish the mission.
After you have turned on and laid out your AeroPoint(s), we recommend you spend that 10-minute block to double-check your drone settings. The time after you finish the flight should be used to check over your drone and to quickly validate your images in the Propeller uploader, in case you need to refly.
There is a file issue
If you are missing either the .BIN or .MRK files (or both), you will not be able to successfully upload a PPK dataset.
Check your images' folder to ensure there is a PPKRAW.bin file and a Timestamp.MRK file. If these files are not there, please contact Propeller hardware support.
Your dataset does not pass the uploader validations
Propeller has validations built into the uploader to ensure high-quality data for the model of your site. Ideally, all validations will pass and be marked with a green checkmark. Orange validations are just warnings, and the data can be uploaded. If a validation is red, you cannot upload your data. In this case, please contact your Propeller customer success representative.
The table below lists the validations that a PPK dataset must pass.
|Your file collection
|10 image minimum
|Drone camera recommended
|Files have the required metadata
|Same aspect ratio
|PPK drone is registered
|Files must be unique
|Camera course aligned
|Single connected area
|File name less than 255 characters
|Minimum 8 Megapixels
Please review our Flying 101 section for more information on these validations.
If you still cannot upload a PPK survey, please contact Propeller support by clicking on the support tab or contacting your customer success representative.
I still can't do it!
We wrote these articles to equip you with everything you need to get the job done on your own, but we understand that sometimes this isn't sufficient.
If you're stuck, the Propeller data success team may be able to help. You can contact our support team by clicking the support tab on the top-right pane of your user portal.