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Important Test Flight Considerations

Before you run Simulink® models on Parrot® minidrones, consider the general safety precautions and the dependencies on the surrounding objects that may affect the flight stability.

All Flights Are Test Flights

All the flights that you design with Simulink Support Package for Parrot Minidrones are test flights. You must adhere to the following safety precautions:

  • Test the flight controller designs and inputs using simulation so that they meet the performance criteria.

  • Perform test flights in a room that is large enough – typically, 20 x 20 x 10 feet (length x width x height).

  • Before flying the minidrone, take reasonable care to prevent damage to the minidrone and the surroundings (including the people, animals, and property in the vicinity of the flight).

Flight Stability Based on Ultrasound Sensitivity

If the data received from ultrasonic sensors on Parrot minidrone is incorrect, the flight stability is affected. Therefore, consider the ultrasound sensitivity while flying the drone:

  • The ultrasound signals bouncing on walls and furniture of a small room may cause instability of the flight.

  • Ground materials (for example, carpet) may absorb ultrasound signals from the minidrone and affect flight stability.

Flight Stability Based on Camera Sensitivity

If you enable optical flow in the Simulink model, consider the sensitivity of Parrot minidrone's vertical camera:

  • Patterns on the ground captured through the camera may affect optical flow performance and flight stability.

  • Lighting conditions may also affect optical flow and image processing performance and affect flight stability.

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