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Thoughts on Dragonfish

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Had a chance to try out Dragonfish Lite - here are some notes/thoughts.
Pros:
  • Flight stability and performance seemed OKish - no problems spotted on this flight
  • Transitions were pretty smooth - although wind was around 5-7 m/s and gusts going up to 8-10 m/s
  • Precise RTK landing is a nice feature
  • Relatively easy and intuitive to operate (if having previous VTOL experience)
Cons:
  • Gimbal POI/Object tracking needs some work - poor target lock
  • Missing secondary controller/console for payload operator - pilot is a bit overwhelmed with flying activity alone
  • Batteries are too expensive and Lite model max flight time falls a bit short
  • Value/price match for adoption is not there yet
  • Auto-landing on GPS loss is a dangerous feature - should be capable at least some level of INS RTH at this pricepoint
  • Missing emergency parachute option (might be required by regulation and lowers all sorts of operational/financial risks)
  • Datalink max distance in case of CE region falls a bit short (no option to configure TX power even when you have a special RF license)
 
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