Frequently Asked Questions for the Intel® Aero Ready to Fly Drone

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09/16/2020

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Why can't I raise the GPS antenna mast 90o (vertical)?

The antenna hinge may be stiff. Be gentle and apply steady pressure to lift the antenna mast. Be sure you slide the antenna base cover away from the base. Then raise the antenna mast so that it doesn't interfere with the hinge.

Why is the orange LED blinking on the remote control receiver?

The orange LED blinking indicates the remote control transmitter and receiver aren't properly bound (paired). To bind the transmitter and receiver:

  •  Follow the Power OFF procedures outlined in the Getting Started Guide for the Intel® Aero Ready to Fly Drone.
  • Then, first turn on the drone (receiver).
  • After a few seconds, the orange LED on the receiver blinks indicating it's waiting to bind.
  • With the orange LED blinking, turn ON the transmitter and hold down the black panic/bind/trainer button.
    • Find the panic/bind/trainer button immediately next to the Flight Mode toggle switch on the top-left of the transmitter. See Figure 4 of the Getting Started Guide above for details.
  • If the binding process is successful, the orange LED on the receiver emits a steady orange glow. This binding is remembered as long as the transmitter is turned on before the drone.

For more information on the binding process, see User Guide for the Spektrum SPM4648 DXMX Receiver.

Why doesn't the transmitter control the receiver even if the orange LED on the remote is on and steady?

It's possible your receiver is bound to a different transmitter. Follow the instructions for binding (pairing) the transmitter and receiver. See the troubleshooting tip immediately above.

Why doesn't the throttle work, but the drone motors arm?

Check if the Motor/Throttle toggle switch on the remote control transmitter is in the Arm position. If it's in the Disarm position, throttling has no effect.

Why doesn't the drone turn off after holding the power button for 5 seconds?

Disconnect the battery. Wait at least 30 seconds, then reconnect the battery.

Why don't the drone motors arm?

Possible issue 1: Your remote control transmitter and receiver aren't paired.

Make sure you pair your remote control transmitter to the receiver. See Why is the orange LED blinking on the remote control receiver? question above.

Possible issue 2: You need to calibrate the sensors.

  1. Download the QGroundControl software. Find the download instructions on page 8 of the Getting Started Guide for the Intel® Aero Ready to Fly Drone.
  2. Once you install the QGroundControl software and connect it to the drone, select Vehicle setup (gears icon) from the top menu.
  3. Then, go to the Sensors on the left submenu. The sensors you need to calibrate show with red indicators as in Figure 1.

    Figure 1: QGroundControl compass sensor not calibrated

    Figure 1: QGroundControl compass sensor not calibrated

  4. Click the individual sensors that need calibration. Then follow the instructions.
  5. Once the calibration process is complete, the sensor shows with a green indicator as in Figure 2.


Figure 2: QGroundControl Calibrated Sensors

Figure 2: QGroundControl with calibrated sensors

For more information on the QGroundControl Sensors section, see the QGroundControl User Guide.

What's the latest Intel® Aero software release?

See Intel Download Center for the latest software release.