Getting My Drone Off The Roof

Today was a very happy day for me since my Tello drone has been stuck on the roof for two days since I had the brilliant idea to fly it over the roof. We had been debating a good way to get it off the roof, since the average temperature over the last few days has been about 27 degrees. Right after I crashed the drone, both of my parents tried to go up on the roof to get it, but they both said it was extremely scary up on top of the roof with nothing to hold on to. Dad decided that he would try again on thursday after we formulated a plan so it wasn’t a terrifying experience, but even then it took him a good three minutes before he put his second foot on the roof. I had been anxious the whole the whole day, since when we looked at the weather yesterday, the forecast said it was going to rain, and I think we all know that technology and water don’t mix well. While dad was on the roof, I was pretty scared, since at one point he was holding onto one side with one hand while his entire body was on the other side, trying to reach my drone. When he came down, I gave him a huge hug, since he didn’t have to go up on the roof for me, he could have left it up there. I am so grateful that he was willing to do all that for me. It’s a great drone that I got for christmas, along with two extra batteries and a charging port. I then proceeded to buy a range extender and a controller for it, so I was devastated when I crashed it on the roof, since I knew it wasn’t coming down easily. Nut being as we were, we problem solved together and we got it down. After mom got home, I told her we had gotten it down, and she asked me if I wanted to check and see if the connection would work (it would be a problem if it didn’t). The first thing I did was change the battery, since the drone doesn’t automatically shut down unless it overheats. The first thing I noticed after I opened the Tello app, was the red bar at the bottom that said, “IMU ERROR”, I had no idea what that meant, so I tried to fly the drone, I took off and it immediately flew left until it hit the chair and broke another propeller. Then I proceeded to fix the broken propeller, as one might naturally do. After that was fixed, I realized that the only thing that could make it automatically bank was the gyroscope on the bottom. This is when I figured out that IMU meant gyroscope. When I opened the app for the first time, and was looking at all the settings, I had seen “Recalibrate IMU”. I then proceeded to try that and see if it would fix the problem, but why would it be that easy? I had to take off the propellers and the guards, and make sure that when I put the propellers back on I put them on the right way. I went through the steps, but at the end it said, “Calibration complete, please restart the aircraft.” I thought to myself, what else would I restart; the computer that has no connection to the drone whatsoever? I restarted the drone to find the same confounded red bar that said IMU ERROR. I clicked on it, and it took me to where I had first recalibrated it, and I hit the calibrate button. Of course, it just said “Calibration complete, please restart the aircraft” again After two more unsuccessful tries, I decided to contact Ryze Tech Support through the mobile app. I tried entering my name and email about thirty times, with no change in the view whatsoever. I then went onto the laptop I’m currently typing this on to contact them. I clicked on the icon that said repair inquiry, and entered a phone number, all the time thinking this wasn’t going to take any time at all. Why would it be simple though, that’s no fun. Every time it said to enter a valid phone number, even after I tried every format possible. I went back to the main page and scrolled down some more, and of course, I find the section called contact support. The one thing I was trying to find was about a half second more scrolling away. This obviously irked me, but I really wanted to fix this drone, and I didn’t take the time to rage on life. I then got exactly what I needed and the guy told me that if the bar kept popping up, then I should remove the battery for ten minutes and then turn on the drone again. After I did this I decided to test it, as one might do, so I went downstairs and set up a wall of pillows, so that if it still drifted, it wouldn’t break another propeller. I turned it on, connected, and took off. It hovered perfectly in place. I was so excited to fly it again, and I had learned not to fly it where I didn’t know if I could get it back.

Now it is friday, and I am really, really, really glad it came down yesterday, since today is completely grey and misty. I would not have trusted my drone to work after sitting in water for twenty hours. I don’t know a way to thank dad enough for what he did for me yesterday.

Thank You Dad

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