FAQs
Do the flight characteristics of a drone change when flying with a tether?

Yes. For every meter of altitude that you go up, you have a meter of cable, so your drone will have an additional load. Unless you are flying directly above the power unit, you will create an off-center force pulling the drone sideways. Commercial drones can generally handle this load, but pilots should be careful to understand the full load/weight of the aircraft bearing in mind that the load during the flight will be takeoff weight plus tether weight based upon height. The tether weight is 13 grams per meter. Flying a drone on a tether is a bit like driving a car with a loaded trailer towed behind. Slow and gentle is the best approach.

Is there a minimum/maximum temperature?

The RS1000 and 24 V BRM are rated to be used between -10 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

Will the tether interfere with the auto land feature of my drone?

No, the tether system should not interfere with any flight control systems.

What happens if the tether gets cut?

When the tether is cut, the drone will continue to fly provided it has a backup battery.  Note that this means it may then also auto-land. If the tether is cut, power to the RS1000 should be immediately turned off to ensure no dangerous voltage is on the cut line.

Is the Blue Vigil system waterproof?

The RS1000 is weather-resistant, not waterproof. Do not operate the system in wet conditions.

How do I order replacement parts?

Contact support@bluevigil.com or the dealer you purchased your unit from to get service and parts for the system.

What drones are compatible with the RS1000?

The RS1000 supports 3S, 12S, and 6S systems. It is also compatible with DJI’s M300, M210/200, Inspire 1, and Inspire 2, as well as most drones that use a 6S battery. We are continually adding additional drones to the list. To determine if the RS1000 will work with your drone, contact info@bluevigil.com or talk with your dealer.

Do I need to remove the battery(ies) when using the tether?

No, our system works with the batteries on your drone. If the tether system ever loses power, your drone will revert to battery power.

Do I need to disable collision avoidance or other sensors when using the tether?

Collision avoidance does not need to be disabled when using the tether with DJI’s M300, M200/210, and Inspire. For other aircraft, please contact info@bluevigil.com to confirm.

If I want to fly off tether, what do I need to do?

Your drone can fly off tether as soon as you disconnect the tether from the drone. You do not need to remove the air modules/BRM.

Is the RS1000 weatherproof?

No, it is not. It can be used in light rain or mist but not in rain, snow, or very dusty conditions.

Can the RS1000 be powered by a generator or vehicle inverter?

Yes. As long as it outputs 2200 W power.

Can I mount the RS1000 on a vehicle?

Yes, as long as you can power it from the vehicle inverter. We do not recommend operating it while the vehicle is moving. If that is a requirement, the Blue Vigil OEM system may be a better option. View the OEM Fact Sheet or contact info@bluevigil.com for more information.

 

 

Can you do any comms over the tether?

Yes, you can do Ethernet over tether at 80 Mbps. This requires our Ethernet air-side and RS1000 modules. With our OEM version, you can do Ethernet and you can also do Optical. View the OEM Fact Sheet or contact info@bluevigil.com for more information.

 

Is the RS1000 customizable?

Not really. You can add “Ethernet-over-Tether” capability, but that is the only additional option. If you have specific needs that the RS1000 can’t meet, especially in regards to weatherproofing and customized enclosure (e.g. drone platform), our OEM version may be a solution. The OEM version is IP55 rated and is designed to be built into customer drone deployment platforms (e.g. vehicle-mounted, etc.).

View the OEM Fact Sheet or contact info@bluevigil.com for more information.

 

Do I need to monitor my drone while flying on a tether?

Yes, per FAA regulations, tether drones are still subject to 14 CFR part 107 which require an active pilot at the controls.

Can I fly on the tether in windy conditions?

Yes, provided that the drone itself is able to fly in the suggested wind. When flying in windy conditions the tether will automatically spool out and retract as the wind gusts. It is important to fly at a lower altitude in windy conditions to ensure that enough cable is on the spool to allow for the bowing of the cable. In winds 0f 15-20 mph, the tether can easily bow out 20-30 feet.

How do I ship the system?

The RS1000 requires external packing to be safely shipped. It should be cushioned using at least 1-2 inches of foam on all sides. If available, use the original packing box and material or contact Blue Vigil to get a replacement shipping box.

How long is the tether?

The tether comes in 45 meter and 95 meter lengths.

Still have questions? Contact info@bluevigil.com.

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