Why AeroPoints Should Be Collected in Reverse Order

When we correct the AeroPoint positions for your survey, they must have overlapping time stamps. The method you use to lay out and collect your AeroPoints can directly affect our ability to process the data they collect. 

In other words, collect the first AeroPoint you laid down last. This ensures one AeroPoint was on and collecting data for the entire duration of the survey and that AeroPoint’s time stamps will overlap with all of the other AeroPoints. This will allow for a more accurate survey of your site and better quality data.

If you used best practices to capture AeroPoint data, your timeline should look similar to the image below. Point 1 was collecting data for the entire survey (it was placed first and picked up last).

AeroPoint Survey Timeline Overlap.png

You don’t want the timeline to look erratic.

Bad AeroPoint Survey Timeline Overlap.png

Not only are the capture times greatly varied (and too short), but no single AeroPoint was recording for the entirety of the survey. This will make it more difficult to process your data accurately and provide high-quality data.


You can plan your AeroPoint positions to efficiently pick up the first point placed last, and the last point placed first.

If you are laying them out across a large site, it may be easier to fly your survey from where you dropped the last AeroPoint. Then, you can collect the AeroPoints in reverse order more easily. 

If you are using a mixed fleet of AeroPoint 1s and AeroPoint 2s, collecting them in the reverse order you placed them is still required to capture the most accurate data.

Wipe down the solar panels after you fly your survey and collect your AeroPoints. You can upload the AeroPoints' data to Propeller on-site or later when you have a strong WiFi network. 

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 hardware support team may be able to help. You can contact them by emailing hardwaresupport@propelleraero.com.au.

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