Drone and Gimbal Firmware Updates

Instructions for updating common aircraft and equipment firmware

Most aircraft and some high-end gimbals, sensors, and field survey equipment have firmware, software packages that operate the on-board software. Manufacturers (OEMs) will periodically provide updates to the firmware to improve performance, fix bugs, and eliminate security issues.  For connected DJI aircraft, you will receive a notification within the MGC mobile app that will let you know there is a new firmware version available to download. For all other equipment, please refer to the OEM's recommendations when updating firmware.

Drones

DJI

Firmware for DJI aircraft is updated using either DJI GO 4 or DJI Pilot. Download the required app before beginning a firmware update:

Updating firmware can be a time-consuming process and will require a stable internet connection and fully charged devices. Measure recommends updating firmware before going out into the field whenever possible.

Updating DJI Firmware

  1. Connect drone/controller to your device using the supplied cable.
  2. Make sure the drone/controller are powered on.
  3. Open DJI GO 4 or DJI Pilot.
  4. Within the app, a notification will appear letting you know if there is an update available.
  5. Tap Firmware Downloaded
  6. A new screen appears with version number, size and an update log
  7. Click Start Update to begin the update. Do not disconnect or power down the drone, controller, or mobile device while the update is occurring.

Fly Safe Database

  1. Connect drone/controller to your device using the supplied cable
  2. Make sure the drone/controller are powered on
  3. Open DJI Go 4
  4. Within DJI Go tap Go Fly
  5. Tap the three dots on the top right
  6. Select Precise fly safe database for aircraft/app and basic fly safe database under the Check for Update menu.
  7. Click Start Update to begin the update. Do not disconnect or power down the drone, controller, or mobile device while the update is occurring.

senseFly

Every version of eMotion 3 is packaged with an accompanying firmware revision
which must be installed on the drone before it can be used.

  1. Remove the drone’s propeller.
  2. Connect the USB cable between a computer with the most recent version of eMotion 3
    and your drone’s autopilot socket.
  3. Connect the battery to the drone. The status LED will pulse yellow.
  4. Launch eMotion 3.
  5. In eMotion 3, click the Updater tab and follow the instructions. While updating
    the LED blinks yellow. After a successful update, the LED pulses white.
    After a failed update, the LED shines red.
  6. Once the update has completed, restart your drone. If it’s still blinking yellow
    after 10 minutes, restart your drone. There is a small risk that the propeller spins during the update.

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