We did two outings on the Jolly Pirates. The first outing was without incident but the second the Drone didn't make it back!!
Event though dangerous, I launch and catch the drone by hand and to be quite honest with you its really the only way to do it on boats.
While on our second outing I launched and was able to bring it back successfully three times. On the fourth flight, while I was bringing it in, which might I add, the process of catching/landing on a moving object is very tedious, is when it happened.
When "landing" I have to pace the boat and as I am pacing continue to bring it ever so gently closer and closer until its close enough that I can snatch it out the air. As I was pacing the boat and when the drone was literally 2 - 3 feet from being able to grab it all I can figure is that the battery malfunctioned as it started automatically descending into the water and would not respond to my input. In case you are wondering... If the drone ever detects an abnormality in the battery power it forces the craft into an "auto-descend mode" which means I have no manual input and it just descends until it "lands" (or falls out the sky). As it started to descend I tried to give it enough "gas" to make it ascend but it completely ignored this command and kept inching down towards the water until.... SPLASH.
We were moving at the time it happened and it did not enter my mind to try to jump in and grab it before it went to the bottom so Mr. Jerone (the name for our drone) now lives in Aruba at the bottom of the ocean. No worries though... Tina (named after the Lama on Napoleon Dynamite) is his replacement and is already here at the house, just have to put her together!! :-)
Luckily we brought our second drone so we kept capturing content the whole time we were there and got some unbelievable stuff!
Despite the loss (since this was on our second outing) we were still able to make a video for the Jolly Pirates and you can check it out here.