Parrot Bebop drone flight with catastrophic ending. Flown with HTC One M8.
My first Bebop was changed under warranty because it’s camera was out of focus. This is the 4th flight with new Bebop. Drone was on the latest 1.98.10 firmware.
Lost control of drone on 2:00 mark in the video. Drone was circling and flying away very quickly, I couldn’t input any control, I was connected to drone all the way until “landing” and when drone was like 100 meters away, I pressed landing button. Otherwise drone would have flown kilometers away.
Bebop drones frame was badly damaged on impact with the ground at speed of 20,5 m/s. Everything else seems ok, it turns on and does motor test, showing green lights to take off.
So this video should be a warning for every Bebop owner. Let’s see what Parrot says about it when i send it to warranty.
Pics from freeflight app after I retrived my drone:
So, after one week of waiting for the answer from retailer who sold me the drone, it seems i’m out of luck, because they accused me of wrong use of the drone.
Main problem for them was that i flew “too high” for a flight controlled by phone!!! They said, that maybe i lost a connection and that was the root of a problem. Well thats a shame, because i had limited Bebop to go 50m max into the air. Never had any problem with connection with first drone or this one even at 80m height. Also, this is absurd, because in this case bebop should have came home instead of rotating whilst flying away. They said that it is acceptable to fly only maybe 20 meters in distance when not using skycontroller, but if you look at Parrots own testing Android phones tend to have over 300 meters of range in Europe settings.
Also, they said that it can’t be told from watching the video, if i pressed landind button on the phone or just cut the power by emergency. I pressed landing, but my voice against them as it is :S Maybe it would have been even better if i had pressed the emergency button instead.
The problem was not the landing but why the hell did it try to run away in the first place.
So I’m left with the opportunity to buy myself a new frame and fix it myself. But i’m still left with utter disbelief toward using it again. For the first thing i think, it is absolute must to have a mini GPS/GPRS tracker on the damn thing, because i was a lucky fool this time and was able to retrive my 500 euro “investment”, but next time it could fly away, and as it seems Parrot does not care!
I’m really dissapointed in this product and warranty service as whole.