Sirius Pro: Before You Begin (Part 1 of 3)

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Safety Guidelines

  • DO NOT operate this UAS without first completing the SIRIUS UAS training course from Topcon!
  • For users in the US, refer to FAA AC-107-2 for all regulations related to small UAS (sUAS) operations. For user’s outside the US, refer to regulations pertaining to commercial UAS operations specific to that country. 
  • Check the current regulations in the country where the UAS is being flown to determine any altitude restrictions AGL. For example, in the US, the user must fly below 400 feet AGL per FAA regulations.
  • The UAS operates under VFR. Keep the UAS within VLOS during flight operations at all times.
  • Remain clear of and do not interfere with any manned aircraft in the flight operations area.
  • Be aware of the airspace the UAS is operating in (typically Class G airspace). Do not operate the UAV in Class B/C/D/E airspace unless you contact ATC before flight operations to gain permission.

Safety Guidelines

  • Do not conduct night flight operations (only daylight) with the UAS unless legal in the country to do so.
  • Do not fly in harsh weather conditions.  Make sure you know the capabilities of your UAS and your pilot.
  • The user should not fly the UAS near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc., unless authorized. Keep in mind these areas may cause issues with the wireless connection between your UAV and WLAN Connector. 
  • Be aware of the locations of all persons (both participating and non participating in flight operations), property, and ground hazards on the surface in the flight operations area.
  • Do not be careless or reckless with your UAS. For example, do not fly the UAS while driving a moving vehicle.

LiPo Battery Management

  • Charge all MAVinci UAS LiPo batteries prior to flight operations.
  • Charging LiPo batteries requires balance charging when the battery contains more than one cell (MAVinci UAS batteries contain 5 cells).
  • Do not charge overnight or leave unattended.
  • Always charge the LiPo battery in the fire safety bag.
  • An empty battery requires approximately 60 to 90 minutes to be completely charged. 
  • The MAVinci LiPo battery is fully charged at 21V.  The charger will display a green light when the battery is fully charged.
  • Charge the LiPo battery in an area devoid of combustibles. 
  • Store LiPo batteries in a place where a potential fire will not cause damage. Physically damaged LiPo batteries can ignite even hours after the damage occurred.
  • Never fully discharge LiPo batteries as it will permanently damage the batteries.

LiPo Battery Management

  1. LiPo Battery Charger
  2. LiPo Balancer
  3. Balancing Cable
  4. LiPo Battery Charging Cable
  5. AC Power Cord

 

LiPo Battery Management

  • The LiPo Battery charger connects to an available AC outlet and to the LiPo balancer via positive and negative terminals. 
  • The LiPo balancer then connects to the LiPo battery via two cables – the battery charging cable via the positive and negative terminals and the balancing cable.

 

LiPo Battery Management

  • The balancing cable must be connected properly to the balancer to charge the LiPo battery. Please refer to the image.
  • Once all connections have been made, press the button on the LiPo balancer once to begin charging.
  • The LED on the LiPo battery charger will indicate the charge status of the LiPo battery:
  • A red/orange LED indicates the battery is charging. 
  • A green LED indicates either the battery is fully charged or power is just being supplied to the LiPo battery charger. 

RC Battery Management

  • The voltage level when powering on the RC controller should read between 7.4 – 8.4 volts.
  • If the RC controller voltage reads below 7.4 volts at any time before or during flight operations, stop operations immediately and charge the RC controller. 
  • To charge the RC controller, use the supplied battery charger located in the transport case.