A New Launching Pad

I got a new launchpad for my drone. You don’t need one if you are launching from a hard surface but if you are on grass dirt it helps to have one to avoid damage to the drone’s propellers. Mine is about 24 inches square which is plenty big. The few times I have launched out in the wild it is hard to get away from grass, twigs, pebbles, and dirt.

From about 20 meters up.

So I checked it out in the backyard. Usually I launch from the patio but the metal in the furniture messed with the drone’s gps so I was always having to calibrate it.

at 40 meters, my usual flying distance.

I almost always fly from my backyard in “periscope mode.” I go straight up and then look around. I don’t fly around looking at stuff. Legally I can do it but in a subdivision I don’t think it is too neighborly to fly over somebody else’s property.

The view to the southwest. That’s the neighborhood elementary school to the left.

And straight to the west.

I think my launching pad works well.

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24 thoughts on “A New Launching Pad

  1. Nancy Chan

    Interesting to have a drone and get to these things which we don’t get to see from where we are. A launching pad will be good for your drone.

  2. DeniseinVA

    I didn’t know about these launch pads with drones but makes a lot of sense now I come to think about it. Love those photos you took with it.

  3. Eileen

    Cool photos from your drone. The last one is my favorite, the sky is a pretty color.

    Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

  4. Alana

    I know so little about drones that I didn’t even know launching pads were a thing. I enjoy drone pictures a lot but I certainly wouldn’t want one flying over my backyard. Alana ramblinwitham

  5. Peter B.

    That’s pretty cool! Got to protect those propellers! I met a guy in the desert who was hired to use his drone to document and photograph a cultural site.

  6. DrillerAA

    Every time I see your drone photos I swear that I am going to own one soon. I’m still swearing and not owning. I need to change that. Which drone do you have?

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