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CynicalZombie
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What is it?
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Depends on where you live after next week. Before anyone freaks out, 400 feet high is very high for a drone of this size.
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R&L Aerial  Posted at 2017-5-24 08:59
Depends on where you live after next week. Before anyone freaks out, 400 feet high is very high for a drone of this size.

What's going on next week? I'm fine with the 400 feet, I'm just wondering if this has lower limitations because of its size.
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Looks like more than 120 meters so I expect 500 meters max also works on both 2.4 and 5.8 GHz
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Spark's remote controller features a brand new Wi-Fi signal transmission system, capable of controlling the aircraft* and gimbal camera at a maximum transmission range of 1.2 mi (2 km).** The remote controller can connect to a mobile device wirelessly and display a live video feed via the DJI GO 4 app. Its folding clamps allow you to attach your mobile device securely. Maximum remote controller battery life is 2.5 hours approximately.***

*The Spark remote controller is currently only compatible with Spark aircraft.
**The remote controller can reach its maximum transmission distance (FCC) in a wide open area with no electro-magnetic interference and at an altitude of about 120 meters.
***The maximum working time should be taken for reference only.
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Video transmission range of up to 1.2mi (2km).
Max speed of up to 31 mph (50 kph) in Sport Mode.
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Operating Frequencies: 2.412-2.462 GHz, 5.745-5.825 GHz
Max Transmission Distance (unobstructed, free of interference):
2.4 GHz: 1.2 mi (2 km, FCC), 0.31 mi (0.5 km, CE), 0.31 mi (0.5 km, SRRC)
5.8 GHz: 1.2 mi (2 km, FCC), 0.19 mi (0.3 km, CE), 0.75 mi (1.2 km, SRRC)
Operating Temperature Range: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Built-in Battery: 2970 mAh
Transmitter Power (EIRP):
2.4 GHz: 26 dbm (FCC), 18 dBm (CE), 18 dBm (SRRC)
5.8 GHz: 28 dbm (FCC), 14 dBm (CE), 26 dBm (SRRC)
Operating Voltage: 950 mA, 3.7 V
Supported Mobile Device Size: Thickness supported: 6.5 mm-8.5 mm
Max length: 160 mm
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R&L Aerial  Posted at 2017-5-24 08:59
Depends on where you live after next week. Before anyone freaks out, 400 feet high is very high for a drone of this size.

Yeah, that's what I want to know... can it do 400ft?
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CynicalZombie Posted at 2017-5-24 10:16
Yeah, that's what I want to know... can it do 400ft?


Yes.... and the rest if it can fly 1.2 miles that means it can fly 1.2 miles high, it just depends where they have it capped.
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hallmark007 Posted at 2017-5-24 10:19
Yes.... and the rest if it can fly 1.2 miles that means it can fly 1.2 miles high, it just depends where they have it capped.

It's really hard to say how high it will go, with this new registration prossesing coming up I'm not sure how high any of dji's drones will fly anymore but I'm assuming that it will be the same as the rest, 500 meters. If dji puts us on a leash, then 400 feet. I think it would be safe to say at least 400 feet.
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R&L Aerial  Posted at 2017-5-24 11:10
It's really hard to say how high it will go, with this new registration prossesing coming up I'm not sure how high any of dji's drones will fly anymore but I'm assuming that it will be the same as the rest, 500 meters. If dji puts us on a leash, then 400 feet. I think it would be safe to say at least 400 feet.

Your probably right. Hey sorry to hear about your injury, hope the healing process goes well. Good luck..
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hallmark007 Posted at 2017-5-24 11:13
Your probably right. Hey sorry to hear about your injury, hope the healing process goes well. Good luck..

Thanks, this really sucks. I tore my Lcl tendon and severely stretched it. I've been flat on my back since Monday night
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R&L Aerial  Posted at 2017-5-24 11:10
It's really hard to say how high it will go, with this new registration prossesing coming up I'm not sure how high any of dji's drones will fly anymore but I'm assuming that it will be the same as the rest, 500 meters. If dji puts us on a leash, then 400 feet. I think it would be safe to say at least 400 feet.

DJI is not putting on any restrictions on height or distance.
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The Go 4 App default is 120m and can be set for up to 500m....but the legal guideline is120m or 400 feet in the US.

You are not going to see it at 400 feet.... very easily anyway

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Also it depends if you are using the remote or not. Without remote it is going to be 98'
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Really ? Do the math would you really fly 1.2 miles away with a 17 min max battery life?  I am intrigued  though about how good video and latency is using th RC and phone.  paired with RC. What is the point of diminishment of latency and video quality
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Yes, the P3 can fly three miles out and back in 16 minutes or less.
So 1.2 miles out and back would only take five or so minutes.
Check YouTube. A lot of people have already done it with plenty of battery left to do it again.
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HWCM Posted at 2017-6-20 20:24
Yes, the P3 can fly three miles out and back in 16 minutes or less.
So 1.2 miles out and back would only take five or so minutes.
Check YouTube. A lot of people have already done it with plenty of battery left to do it again.

After much consideration getting the spark I finally decided and got the Mavic yesterday.  Cancelled my order for the spark and I think I made a wise decision.  Spark is all new and after a couple of months people will start getting rid of it.  To me it does not make any economical sense getting the spark.  
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Could have said the same about the mavic on release. I think $699 vs $1299 is a better deal. But I hope the mavic is what you're looking for.
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FluxSine Posted at 2017-6-25 12:02
Could have said the same about the mavic on release. I think $699 vs $1299 is a better deal. But I hope the mavic is what you're looking for.

Also, looking at the few still images from Spark vs Mavic - Most people prefer the Spark's quality and colour results. A little worrying considering the vast price difference but it all comes down to what you are using it for. I love my P4Pro but Spark is a good holiday drone.
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HWCM Posted at 2017-6-20 20:24
Yes, the P3 can fly three miles out and back in 16 minutes or less.
So 1.2 miles out and back would only take five or so minutes.
Check YouTube. A lot of people have already done it with plenty of battery left to do it again.

Its MAX ~13 minutes ( 9% battery left) is what i get and people on youtube. So not taking in mind wind , its a trip 6 minutes one way. More than that ,and you are #$%^.  And why to go so far if you will not have even time to snap a photo ?
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Szwedu Posted at 2017-6-26 02:34
Its MAX ~13 minutes ( 9% battery left) is what i get and people on youtube. So not taking in mind wind , its a trip 6 minutes one way. More than that ,and you are #$%^.  And why to go so far if you will not have even time to snap a photo ?

? Okay?
If you say so.
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hi..just want to ask..if we alreadi at more than 500m high (e.g; riding hot ballon), is it possible to fly spark from that altitude?
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The altitude limit is based upon the take off point. So using the hot air balloon example, let's say the balloon is on the ground along with the spark. Both take off. At the 450m point you manage to land the spark inside the basket. When you take off again the altitude on the spark will be reset back to 0m and now you and the balloon can climb another 500m. Of course you will need to check local laws/regulations as to whether flying this high is legal or not. If it was me, I wouldn't attempt this when piloting the spark from the basket. There are just too many ways this can go wrong - props (even with prop guards installed), nylon balloon shell, and propane supply hoses. Just call it a day at 500m.
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Pappy3 Posted at 2017-11-17 18:17
The altitude limit is based upon the take off point. So using the hot air balloon example, let's say the balloon is on the ground along with the spark. Both take off. At the 450m point you manage to land the spark inside the basket. When you take off again the altitude on the spark will be reset back to 0m and now you and the balloon can climb another 500m. Of course you will need to check local laws/regulations as to whether flying this high is legal or not. If it was me, I wouldn't attempt this when piloting the spark from the basket. There are just too many ways this can go wrong - props (even with prop guards installed), nylon balloon shell, and propane supply hoses. Just call it a day at 500m.

haha..thanks for your reply..i do believe its quite risky. Just wondering whether anyone had ever done dronie while taking hot ballon. it would be the best moment capture if i can do it myself. otherwise i need someone else from ground to use mavic etc to capture for me
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500m plus starting point altitude (of max 4000ish, I think)
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What about fly spark from high altitude.. like on top of building and try to go below ground point.. last time i did it it detect my drone already past the max limit.. any solution? can turn off the sensors help? tq
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necromancer Posted at 2017-12-22 05:31
What about fly spark from high altitude.. like on top of building and try to go below ground point.. last time i did it it detect my drone already past the max limit.. any solution? can turn off the sensors help? tq

You can't turn off the bottom sensors. But please explain what your problem is exactly. You want to take off at a high place, e.g. from the top of a high building and then descend, did I understand that correctly? This is possible, you will just get negative altitude values displayed.
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Wachtberger Posted at 2017-12-22 05:37
You can't turn off the bottom sensors. But please explain what your problem is exactly. You want to take off at a high place, e.g. from the top of a high building and then descend, did I understand that correctly? This is possible, you will just get negative altitude values displayed.

Good to know Wacht - Grand Canyon trip coming up and had been wondering how the Spark would handle being launched at close to sea level then seeing the ground immediately drop away an addition 1500-ish ft as I flew it over the canyon.

BTW, I read on one of the Spark tech reviews a while back (can't remember which one now) that the AC's physical service ceiling is 13,128 ft. Can't speak to that figure's accuracy of course, and obviously, if the pilot was at sea level, you'd be out of range at 6336 ft (based on 1.2 mile max range for the RC/otherwise perfect conditions) - not to mention likely out of battery as well. But, the 13,128 ft ceiling seems reasonable if that's the point at which the air becomes too thin to support the drone's weight at max motor speed (also starts gettin very cold up there - could be based on battery/other component temperature too).
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Burdman44 Posted at 2017-12-22 06:37
Good to know Wacht - Grand Canyon trip coming up and had been wondering how the Spark would handle being launched at close to sea level then seeing the ground immediately drop away an addition 1500-ish ft as I flew it over the canyon.

BTW, I read on one of the Spark tech reviews a while back (can't remember which one now) that the AC's physical service ceiling is 13,128 ft. Can't speak to that figure's accuracy of course, and obviously, if the pilot was at sea level, you'd be out of range at 6336 ft (based on 1.2 mile max range for the RC/otherwise perfect conditions) - not to mention likely out of battery as well. But, the 13,128 ft ceiling seems reasonable if that's the point at which the air becomes too thin to support the drone's weight at max motor speed (also starts gettin very cold up there - could be based on battery/other component temperature too).

Yes this is correct according to the specs given by DJI. In addition to that Spark is by default limited to 500 meters altitude above ground.
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Yup, u already answer it and thanks for the info.
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jojin Posted at 2017-12-22 06:57
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDAhLgNFRKU

Yes but you should have added the information that this has been done with a modded App in FCC and Mavic mode as it is well explained on youtube in the video comments.
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Wachtberger Posted at 2017-12-22 07:08
Yes but you should have added the information that this has been done with a modded App in FCC and Mavic mode as it is well explained on youtube in the video comments.

Yes, you are right
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Max altitude is 1640 feet from where you take off from. I’m at 1200 feet, so I get great shots at 2800 feet above sea level.
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2800 feet above sea level
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Burdman44 Posted at 2017-12-22 06:37
Good to know Wacht - Grand Canyon trip coming up and had been wondering how the Spark would handle being launched at close to sea level then seeing the ground immediately drop away an addition 1500-ish ft as I flew it over the canyon.

BTW, I read on one of the Spark tech reviews a while back (can't remember which one now) that the AC's physical service ceiling is 13,128 ft. Can't speak to that figure's accuracy of course, and obviously, if the pilot was at sea level, you'd be out of range at 6336 ft (based on 1.2 mile max range for the RC/otherwise perfect conditions) - not to mention likely out of battery as well. But, the 13,128 ft ceiling seems reasonable if that's the point at which the air becomes too thin to support the drone's weight at max motor speed (also starts gettin very cold up there - could be based on battery/other component temperature too).

It’s illegal to fly a drone at the Grand Canyon or any National park in the US - check it out on the faa app for drone B4UFly
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Look @ this birdmap and you will know, its depending on your firmware
https://nolimitdronez.com/birdmap
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You need to factor in your take off altitude as well.  Ie if you are already in the mountains where the air is thinner, the spark is going to work harder to maintain altitude and climb.
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I flew my Spark last week at an altitude of 11589 feet. At that altitude the atmosphere is thinner and my Spark said Max Output and "Propulsion output is limited to ensure safety of battery". This was in the mountains of Colorado. Here's the vid.  
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I live at the bottom of a hill that goes up about 900 feet from my back yard (it’s a Regional Open Space). I have the maximum height set as 400feet because that is the law. If I fly my Spark in the uphill direction what will happen?  I assume that the drone will come closer and closer to the ground as it travels in the uphill direction.  Will it eventually sense that it is t of low?  What will happen then?
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Bing Err Posted at 2018-1-16 23:24
I flew my Spark last week at an altitude of 11589 feet. At that altitude the atmosphere is thinner and my Spark said Max Output and "Propulsion output is limited to ensure safety of battery". This was in the mountains of Colorado. Here's the vid.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZW2WG-OgWQ

Nice video! Is it legal to fly on the piste over there as I was wondering about taking my spark to the slopes in France .
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