RC Model Tracking and Recovery

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Top Features How It Works New! You Have Choices
  • Works anywhere
  • No GPS or cellular required
  • Low initial cost, no monthly fees
  • Range up to 2 miles
  • Locate lost RC aircraft within inches
  • Up to 30 days battery life
  • Expandable up to 3 RC aircraft
  • Attach the addressable Tag to your RC aircraft
  • If it goes missing turn on “tracking” mode to search
  • Follow the directional arrow and signal strength to recover

Yes, it really is that simple!

Now the Marco Polo RC Recovery System comes in two models. Pick the one right for your application.

The Ultralight Model offers a super light weight Transceiver Tag weighing only .42 oz. (12 g)

Buy Ultralight System

The Advanced Model offers a rugged polycarbonate case that is IP67 waterproof, yet weighs only .8 oz. (23 g)

Buy Advanced System

Let Our Users Convince You

Marco Polo users from all over the world send us videos of their real-world, actual experiences using Marco Polo to find their flyaways. They all say Marco Polo is the easiest to use, most reliable and cost effective system on the market for finding your lost drone.

See actual user results in all sorts of conditions:

  • Long range (up to 2 miles)
  • Tall grass and thick brush
  • Snow drifts
  • Tree tops and more!

 


It sure is nice flying with confidence now with the trackers … fire it up 3 red flashes it’s fully charged and ready to fly, thanks again … I will NEVER EVER fly without Marco Polo again, just not worth it.

– nLite1 OpenPilot Forum

Twice I’ve lost my Phantom Vision+ in dense forest and successfully tracked it for about a mile using Marco Polo. I was shocked that it worked as well as it did and that such a tiny device could emit a strong enough signal to be found in that rough terrain. Feel free to quote me on this if you like. I’m currently using the tracker on my DJI S900 and Inspire 1.

Scott – Colorado Springs

Most Frequently Asked Questions About RC Use

Looking to use Marco Polo to locate and recover your RC models? Here’s the top questions nearly everyone asks – and of course, if you have additional questions, feel free to contact us here.

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What is Marco Polo's Range?
Marco Polo works up to 2 miles (3.2 km) in line-of-sight situations. Expect approximately 1/2 mile (.8 km) in mildly rolling terrain with moderate vegetation. Your individual performance will depend on the specific conditions in the area of use, such as terrain, vegetation, and obstructions. If your lost RC model is beyond Marco Polo’s initial range, you can expand the range by implementing a search strategy using a vehicle or by walking.

 

How Much Does The Marco Polo Tag Weigh?
Well here’s the good news – you have a choice! The Marco Polo Transceiver Tags come in two models.

  • If weight is your major concern, then the Ultralight Model is for you. Ultralight tags weigh in at .42 oz (12g) and are very compact.
  • If your application requires a rugged, waterproof design, then the Advanced Model is for you. It is IPV6 waterproof and the polycarbonate outer shell is indestructible (we tested it by running over one with a car), and yet it only weighs .8 oz (23g).

Regardless of which you choose, Marco Polo may be the smallest and lightest RC model tracking and recovery solution available, its range of operation greatly exceeds that of other solutions on the market.

 

How Does Marco Polo Work?
The Marco Polo tracking system operates like a “personal radar”. First, the handheld locator transmits a signal to the tag transceiver in your model. Then, the transceiver sends a signal back that allows the locator to determine the bearing from your position to the lost model. Finally, the locator processes the bearing and the received signal strength level once every 5 seconds and puts the results on the LCD display. The bearing indication becomes more and more sensitive as you approach your model. And together with frequent updates, Marco Polo allows you to home in on your model’s exact location, to within inches.

 

Does Marco Polo Use GPS or Cellular?
No. Marco Polo is a completely self-contained solution for RC model tracking and recovery. And because Marco Polo does not use GPS or cellular technology, it can work anywhere.

 

Will Marco Polo Interfere With My RC System Radios?
The possibility of Marco Polo interfering with RC system communications is very small. The tag transceiver in your model never transmits unless activated by the hand held locator when the “tracking mode” is enabled by you. So, during flight there is no possibility of the transceiver interfering with or desensitizing your on-board radios. Once tracking mode is activated by the locator, the Marco Polo system operates by using frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) on 50 frequencies between 902.5 and 906.5 Mhz. Additionally, Marco Polo only dwells on any single frequency for approximately 50 milliseconds once every 4 minutes.

 

How Long Will the Battery Charge Last?
The Marco Polo tag’s integrated LiPo battery will last approximately 10 days in standby mode waiting for a signal from the locator to activate it, or up to 3-days in continuous tracking mode.

 

Is The Tag Waterproof?
More good news, you have a choice!

  • If your application does not require a waterproof Tag Transceiver, then the Ultralight Model is for you. We remove the polycarbonate shell to save weight, however you lose the waterproof feature. If saving weight is mandatory, but you also need it to be waterproof, you can seal the tag inside a small zip-lock bag with the antenna protruding through a sealed hole in the bag
  • If you require a waterproof Transceiver Tag for your application, then the Advanced Model meets the IPV6 specification and this is the model for you.

Regardless of requirements, Marco Polo offers you a solution to meet your needs.