All it takes is one button on the R3 Pro to turn it on, calibrate, collect, and turn it off!
Note: The R3 Pro doesn't require a Web GUI through a smartphone or computer like previous ROCK LiDAR.
Step 1: Powering Up the R3 Pro
To begin, locate the power button on the side of the drone where the USB port is situated. Press this button to power up the R3 Pro. As soon as you push the button, you will notice a light turning on. Initially, this light will glow red.
Step 2: The GNSS/LiDAR Diagnostic Stage
The red light indicates that the R3 Pro has entered the GNSS/LiDAR diagnostic stage. This stage is critical for the drone to check all its systems and ensure it's ready for operation. This process typically takes about a minute. Patience here is key.
Step 3: Understanding Light Signals
Once the diagnostic stage is complete, the light on your R3 Pro will either turn green or start flashing red. A steady green light is an all-clear signal, meaning your drone is ready to start collecting data. If the light flashes red, however, there's a problem that requires your attention.
Step 4: Starting Data Collection
When the light turns green, your R3 Pro is primed for action. To initiate data collection, press the button once. Upon doing so, the light will start alternating between red and green.
Step 5: Final Pre-flight Calibration (For Aerial Only)
Now, press and hold the button for about 5 seconds until the light starts flashing green. This triggers the camera calibration process, which can take up to 30 seconds, including the static alignment that typically lasts for around 15 seconds.
Step 6: Ready for Take-off
After the calibration time, your drone is ready for take-off. Fly as you usually would while the R3 Pro collects crucial LiDAR data.
Step 7: Post-flight Procedure
Once your drone has landed, press the button once and let it start flashing. After that, press and hold the button. The drone will then finish writing the data and the light will turn solid green. At this point, you can either hot swap or end your data collection session.
Step 8: Shutting Down or Starting a New Collection
To shut down the unit, click and hold the button for 5 seconds. If you wish to start a new data collection, click the button once and then press and hold for another 5 seconds.
Following these steps will ensure you successfully operate your R3 Pro Drone LiDAR system, from booting up to data collection and finally, shutting down. Enjoy your flight and data collection with R3 Pro!