I tried out the Aero RTF for the first time on my lunch today and it wasn't a good 'out of box experience'. A brief description of what happened:
Just to be clear, I didn't expect a consumer-level experience like something like the 3DR Solo here, but still I'm rather disappointed. I've hand-built seven drones of various designs over the years, including several of my own design. All the hand-built ones were running NAZA or OpenPilot. I contributed in minor ways to the OpenPilot software effort. So I don't think this is a neophyte user issue, I'm a reasonably experienced enthusiast. My guess is that the vehicle has sensor calibration issues. I don't think this is a GPS or magnetometer environmental issue, I've flown many drones from the exact came location. Apparently there's no way to know GPS satellite acquisition status without a telemetry link, which I haven't set up yet, so I can't really say whether I had a good GPS lock or not. Still, obviously RealSense / optical flow stabilization wasn't working. It really felt like only inner-loop stabilization was working.
So now I'm afraid to fly until the kinks are worked out. This leads me to a few questions:
Ok, sorry to be a pain here on the forum. So far I have to say the whole experience has been underwhelming to say the least. The 2-month delay on top of receiving a problematic vehicle is not impressive... Hopefully these are just teething issues, but the reason I purchased the RTF kit instead of just the Aero compute board & RealSense sensor was to familiarize with a stable platform before moving on to more advanced use-cases.
Comments & suggestions are welcome.
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I understand how you are feeling and we are really sorry to hear this was your first experience with the Intel Aero RTF, if I were in your position, I would feel the same way.
Dave, thanks for sharing all the details you have provided as well as your inquiries, I would like to investigate a little bit more in order to give you a more accurate answer and I'll contact you back as soon as I have useful information, also, if you download the logs, please post them here. Moreover, we are aware of your other threads and we are working on them in order to help you.
I'll appreciate your patience during the meantime.