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Just how important is the KP index

Discussion in 'Q500+ Discussion' started by Viking233, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. Viking233

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    i just downloaded an app called Solar Sphere. This app tells me the KP index. I've heard people mentioning this so it was easy enough to download. Currently I'm in my New Hamphire summer home. It 75 degrees, no wind and the sun is shining. It seems to be a perfect fly day. This KP index thing is something I don't really understand and honestly don't care to know all the scientific things about it because I wouldn't understand all that stuff. From what I've read this index is set up on a scale of 1 to 10. Right now when I open this app it reads that the KP index is a 6. All I really care to know is where this reading is supposed to be for flying. It almost sounds like a six (6) could be trouble.
    So if someone could just tell me the basics and what would be the ideal index thT would be good.
     
  2. William K.

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    The K-index quantifies disturbances in the horizontal component of earth's magnetic field with an integer in the range 0-9 with 1 being calm and 5 or more indicating a geomagnetic storm. It is derived from the maximum fluctuations of horizontal components observed on a magnetometer during a three-hour interval.

    The K-index, and by extension the Planetary K-index, are used to characterize the magnitude of geomagnetic storms. Kp is an excellent indicator of disturbances in the Earth's magnetic field and is used by SWPC to decide whether geomagnetic alerts and warnings need to be issued for users who are affected by these disturbances.

    The principal users affected by geomagnetic storms are the electrical power grid, spacecraft operations, users of radio signals that reflect off of or pass through the ionosphere, and observers of the aurora.
     
  3. Viking233

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    William, I appreciate your answering but I don't think you read my request. Your explanation probably is all the correct answer but you'd have to be a Atmospheric Scientific Engineer or a Climatoligist. I said I don't care about that stuff . In addition, in the end you never answered the one question I had and I will repeat it. What KO index number should I not fly a quadcopter period. That's all I care about
     
  4. William K.

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    Electro Magnetic interference. 5 is pushing it in my opinion.
     
  5. Viking233

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    I don't think it matters that much. I flew when it said 6 and it was a sunny day
     
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    It wont matter until you get a fly away and loose you drone or end up hurting someone. When there is a high KP index which affects compasses and GPS there is the potential of your drone's GPS and compass being effected. These consumer grade electronics do not have the capability to correct for magnetic interference or electromagnetic interference. SO what KP number is too high? It depends on what chances you want to take. A better app is Magnetology Apple or Android. It will tell you what the possibility is of interference with electronics. If you can fly manually and not depend on GPS then you do not have to care about KP. However the radio control signal fron your transmiter to your drone can and will be interfered with by many natural and man made interference.
     
  7. Viking233

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    That is an outstanding explanation and I only said what I said because in previous posts nobody gave me a sound explaination that stressed the importance of this. I had downloaded an app and one day it read a 6 but it was a beautiful day, sun shinning etc. So I did fly and of course I had no problems. I do know how to fly without GPS but as you know if your to far out even tho you might have visual contact it still hard to determine your heading.
    So as a general rule would you recommend not flying if you are reading a 5 let's say.
    Thank you for the time in writing up your reply. That is kind of you.
    Patty
     
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    Here's a site I would swear by and it's free. It hasn't failed me yet and you set your own parameters and the chart will then display if it's good to fly or not. Don't forget to fill in your location. Play around with it until you get used to it and then save the site in your favourites and the settings you chose should remain.

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