Drone Tracking And Recovery Solutions

Marco Polo for Drones

  • The only long-range RC model drone tracking and recovery system that works everywhere you go – no GPS, cellular or internet required.
  • The only system without monthly fees – ever!
  • Only Marco Polo has tracking tags rugged enough and waterproof for your most demanding applications.
  • Marco Polo's superior battery life means you can recover your drone up to 2 weeks after a flyaway. No other system even comes close.

Top Features

  • Works anywhere you go
  • No GPS, cellular or internet required, no monthly fees – ever
  • Lowest total cost of ownership of any system available
  • Range up to 2 miles
  • Locate lost drones within inches
  • Up to 15 days battery life per charge
  • Expandable up to 3 drones
  • System will support a mix and match of 3 tags for drone, pet or other applications

Maximum battery life depends on your specific use patterns and will vary between applications.


How It Works

  • Attach the addressable Tag to your drone
  • If your drone goes missing turn on the Locator's “tracking” mode to search
  • Follow the directional arrow and signal strength to recover your drone

Yes, it really is that simple!


Two System Options

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

  • The Ultralight System offers a super lightweight Transceiver Tag weighing only .42 oz. (12g)
  • The Advanced System offers a rugged polycarbonate case that is IP67 waterproof yet weighs only .8oz. (23g) 

Why Does This Veteran Drone Pilot Rely on The Marco Polo Drone Recovery System?

After losing several drones over the years, Rich searched for a system that could recover them. That's when he found Marco Polo. It was an easy choice. Marco Polo's low entry cost, zero cost to operate, ease of use and "works anywhere" features won the day. We think you will come to the same conclusion as Rich – Marco Polo is simply the best RC model drone tracking and recovery system on the market – at any price.

Drone Pilots Give Us Rave Reviews 


Never Fly Without Marco Polo

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. … Continue Reading

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Marco Polo works up to 2 miles (3.2 km) in line-of-sight situations. Expect approximately 1/2 mile to 1 mile (.8 to 1.6 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 drone is beyond Marco Polo’s initial range, you can expand the range by walking or driving around the areal until you come within range.
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 IP67 specification and this is the model for you.
Regardless of requirements, Marco Polo offers you a solution to meet your needs.
The Marco Polo tag’s integrated LiPo battery will last approximately 15 days in standby mode waiting for a signal from the locator to activate it, or up to 3-days in continuous tracking mode.
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 IP67 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 drone tracking and recovery solution available, its range of operation greatly exceeds that of other solutions on the market.
The possibility of Marco Polo interfering with drone system communications is very small. The tag transceiver in your drone 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.
No. Marco Polo is a completely self-contained solution for drone tracking and recovery. And because Marco Polo does not rely on GPS, cellular WiFi technology, it can work anywhere.
The Marco Polo tracking system operates like a “personal radar”. First, the handheld locator transmits a signal to the tag transceiver in your drone. Then, the transceiver sends a signal back that allows the locator to determine the bearing from your position to the lost drone. 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 drone. And together with frequent updates, Marco Polo allows you to home in on your drone’s exact location, to within inches.

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