Site Scan - Limited Edition app provides drone flight planning using your GIS content

11-15-2018 06:37 PM
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Esri has released a free app for iOS that interfaces with ArcGIS Online, allowing Esri users to view GIS content from ArcGIS Online to assist with the drone flight planning.   (This was originally developed by Esri business partner 3DR)


Flight Plan on top of prior Drone2Map orthomosaic


The Site Scan - Limited Edition app (formerly called "Site Scan - Esri Edition") provides mission planning and flight control for a number of leading drones to optimize drone collections for use in Drone2Map or Ortho Mapping in ArcGIS Pro.  This release is compatible with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI M200, DJI M210, DJI Inspire 2, DJI Mavic Pro, or Yuneec H520-G, as well as the 3DR Solo.


The Site Scan - Limited Edition app allows users to take advantage of substantial amounts of publicly accessible data, as well as custom data layers from the user’s ArcGIS Online account, as base and reference data for mission planning.


Site Scan - Limited Edition is free to everyone with an ArcGIS Online account. The app is available on iTunes at will be available soon via ArcGIS Apps.   

Try it out! 


Note that, as a free app, support for Site Scan - Limited Edition is based on Geonet:

For the full cloud-based SIte Scan service, see

Occasional Contributor

In future releases, will there be the ability to import flight boundaries (shapefile or KMZ)?  Also, will there be a desktop version for flight planning?  Thank you

Esri Regular Contributor


sorry for the delay.  This is already supported in the app if you have polygons published as feature services in your ArcGIS Online account. Note the current support is for visualization but not "click to select" the polygon.  That will be added in a future release.

If you're seeking support for using local SHP/KML/KMZ files, we can consider adding that but it's not currently on the roadmap.  

Cody B

Occasional Contributor

Thanks, Cody.  One of my ongoing projects, I have GIS generated boundaries that I upload to the DroneDeploy desktop interface to be used as the project's flight boundary.  Makes my process a little quicker than having to recreate those boundaries.  For new projects, I am interested in seeing how Site Scan works our enterprise environment.

New Contributor

The app is not currently compatible with iPhones, which I use for drone control and currently use for mission/flight planning. Are there plans to expand to iPhone compatibility? Thanks.