More Bad Karma? All GoPro Karma Drones Grounded Due to GPS Issues

January 6th, 2020
More Bad Karma? All GoPro Karma Drones Grounded Due to GPS Issues

GoPro Karma users are reporting a GPS bug that makes their drones unable to take off. GoPro is investigating the issue and should hopefully fix the problem pretty soon. Let’s take a closer look at why Karma drones are grounded right now.

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The GoPro Karma Fail

The GoPro Karma is the brand’s only UAV that was discontinued two years ago, when hundreds of people were let go. To date, it is one of the biggest fails in GoPro’s history. If you never heard of this drone, let’s rewind to 2016, when the action camera company introduced this UAV to the world.

The concept behind it is that you could attach your GoPro and GoPro Gimbal directly to the drone. While the idea was not bad, the drone market is dominated by severe contenders like DJI, who came out with their superior Mavic Pro drone shortly after the Karma. Also, Karma faced some serious issues like in-flight power loss, which led to 2500 drone recalls. In January 2018, GoPro decided to discontinue the Karma and told existing customers that they would continue to support/update it. Otherwise, the latest 2.5 firmware update is from September 2018.

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GoPro Karma Unable to Take Off

Recently, numerous GoPro Karma users reported that they were unable to take off due to GPS issues (since the beginning of 2020, apparently). GoPro is facing the situation and is aware of the problem. They wrote on Twitter that “our product team is aware of the issue and is working on a resolution. We will post an update as soon as we have them.” Hopefully, for Karma owners, a firmware update should be released pretty soon.

According to The Verge who first reported about this issue, the problem could be due to a GPS week number rollover. In short, this phenomenon happens every 1024 weeks, and if the software is not coded to anticipate the rollover to zero, it can stop working.

Are you a GoPro Karma owner? Did you ever use one in the past? Let us know in the comments below!

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Obviously the thing to learn here is… Never name anything “Karma”. You’re just asking for something like this to happen.

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Dan Brockett
MemberJanuary 7th, 2020

Talk about adding insult to injury. The Karma was an ill-conceived product, at best. To now not be able to even launch your drone, ouch!

 kostas papalexis
kostas papalexis
MemberJanuary 7th, 2020

We plan a holiday in Thailand from Greece i carry the heavy carma drone in every airport Qatar , Phuket I make nice videos forthat reason I buy that drone why I trust go pro Cameras . I carry again the Heavy drone to the beach and front of all the tourist I try to fly , with my soon every one show us to try and try again nothing happen c GPS is not working I have videos also that show that I show many do many have the some problem no one helps . I think I was wrong next day to another beach carry the heavy drone nothing again every one show us ask us , but many they know carma is drone With problems they didint do anything to protect those that use go pro cameras so many years !!!
The joistick also is not working first time the fix it now again !
All the drones if there is a problem there is protection go home carma you just lose it , they didint do it professional
My holiday cost me 12,000 euros plus that I have to carry the heavy drone every we’re. Qatar Phuket Athens again Qatar Phuket Athens. For what ??? Our dream is gone to make videos with my family , why ? Because the company wanted only to sale take out money and that’s all
When I will go back I need my money back !!! if not I will do the best to fight go pro company !!!!!

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