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DJI is grounding Spark drones that don’t update to latest software

by Danny Zepeda | August 26, 2017August 26, 2017 9:00 am EST

DJI announced that it is pushing out a firmware update to address vital issues with its Spark drone. Spark owners have until September 1 to update or their drones won’t be able to take off anymore.

The update is fixing issues with battery management during flights that was causing a “small number” of Sparks to crash mid-flight. The issue wasn’t a wide-ranging issue most Spark owners were experiencing. We have a Spark drone in our office, but we’ve never experienced the issue the firmware addresses. Still, we understand the importance of addressing a situation that is causing drones to fall from the sky.

Come September 1, Spark drones that haven’t updated will no longer be able to take off. Before that date arrives, owners will be prompted to download the firmware update next time they use the DJI GO4 app when connected to the internet. They can also download the update using the DJI Assistant 2 desktop software when the drone is plugged in.

“DJI decided on the option of a mandatory firmware update in order to maximize flight safety and product reliability which we consider as top priorities,” stated DJI in its official statement of the update.

If you own a DJI Spark, you should update the firmware update as soon as possible.

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Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...