Second step – Water landing (30 December 2018)
My drone floats on water (at least it says on the website that it’s waterproof – Apparently, I could simply just throw it out in the water and it will float). I don’t plan to throw it out but I definitely need landing it on the water if I want to record underwater sounds. Thus, the next step was to test the water landing and taking off.
We transformed this test in a family adventure. After a fifteen-minutes’ drive we arrived at Thetis Lake. While my husband was inflating the boat, I was preparing my drone. Soon, kids and husband were in the boat and rowed to a suitable place where I could land my drone and they could have a good visual on it.
Unlocking the motors, taking off, heading to the landing zone, slow descent, landing on water, and locking the motors. This was the sequence of events that I had mentally practiced in the previous days.
After few minutes spending to orient myself (Where my drone is? Where my drone goes?), I was able to localize the landing zone and to head to it. Landing was not so difficult, and I was able to lock the motors of the drone. After a while, I tried to unlock the motors of the drone but it was not working – Mayday! Mayday! I could not communicate anymore with my drone!!! I experienced a brief moment of panic then I realized that I hit the pairing button by mistake (this button is for binding the remote controller with the drone). Phew! After fixing my error, I was finally able to unlock the motors of the drone, then I took off and headed back to where I was.
*Landing on water and locking the motors: check!
*Unlocking the motors and taking off from water: check!
*Underwater video recording: check!
This water landing was successful, and I became very excited to start testing the drone with the acoustic recorder.