UAV IRIS+

IRIS+

 

 

 




 
 

Due to high demand, all IRIS+ orders have a 10-15 business day lead time.

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The 3DR IRIS+ is your aerial passport: all you need to get started shooting photos and video from incredible new perspectives. Powered by 3DR’s world famous Pixhawk autopilot, IRIS+ is a robot that will automatically fly itself where you tell it to go, while keeping a camera dead steady with two-axis gimbal stabilization. And it’s so smart that it’s simple. You can fly manually using the controller or use the advanced 3PV Follow Me mode that turns IRIS+into your own hands-free camera crew. And our tablet-based software makes flight planning exactly this easy: If you can draw it, you can fly it. The IRIS+ power system gets you 16 minutes of flight time fully loaded, and you’ll want to fill every second. IRIS+includes the advanced Pixhawk autopilot system, a high-capacity flight battery, battery charger, ground station radio, and remote controller: everything you need to make IRISyour personal aerial photographer.

 

  • 16-22 minutes flight time*
  • Payload capacity 400 g (.8 lbs)
  • Integrated LEDs on all arms for trouble-free directional awareness
  • Remote controller with on-screen telemetry for instant data as you fly
  • Screw on, self-tightening propellers for easy assembly

 

Ready to Fly - Inside the IRIS+ box is everything you need to fly. Simply attach the props, charge the battery, and you’re ready to fly manually with the included remote controller autonomously with a Mac, PC or Android device.

Follow Me - 3DR’s 3rd Person View (3PV) Follow Me technology turns your IRIS+ into your own hands-free aerial camera crew that puts you in the middle of your own adventure. IRIS+ can be easily setup to follow any GPS enabled Android device. Not only will IRIS+follow you, but this advanced technology controls the gimbal to keep the camera centered on you, capturing sweeping cinematic video from a perspective unlike any other.

Automatic Mission Planning - Using the free DroidPlanner app, IRIS+ users can plan flights by simply drawing a flight plan on any Android tablet or phone. This allows for hands free flight control, your drone will go where you tell it to go, with virtually unlimited waypoints - even keep IRIS+ pointing to the same location via a Region of Interest (ROI) waypoint throughout the entire flight. This enables fun autonomous journeys, and automatically stabilized video capture that would be otherwise impossible.

Flight Protection - The IRIS+ can land itself automatically, or return to a home point if it travels out of range or runs out of battery.

*Flight time varies with payload, wind conditions, altitude, temperature, humidity, flying style, and pilot skill.

 
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IRIS+ includes:
  • Ready-to-fly IRIS+ quadcopter
  • Flight battery and charger
  • Controller and ground station radio
  • Set of four tall legs
  • Tool kit
  • Operation Manual and Flight Checklist
 

Telemetry radio frequency: Telemetry radios allow your ground station computer to communicate with your aircraft wirelessly, providing unparalleled ease of use for viewing real-time flight data, changing missions on the fly, tuning, and using an Android tablet as a ground station. Select 915 Mhz for the US and 433 Mhz for Europe. Frequency regulations vary by country, so consult your local airspace communication authority if you're uncertain which frequency is legal in your area.

Extra propellers: Add a set of two extra propeller to your IRIS+ and get back in the air fast. For a full set of extra propellers, follow this link and add another set to your order.

Add a Case: Want to explore the world with your IRIS? Add a sturdy IRIS case to transport your IRIS safely and securely. This case accommodates all of your accessories, including a tablet, RC, an extra GoPro HERO camera, battery packs, legs and props.

Replacement arms: Don't get caught off guard by the unexpected, select a pair of replacement arms in either black or blue, and get back in the air fast.

Video stabilization system: The Tarot T-2D brushless gimbal uses cutting-edge two-axis stabilization technology to ensure great, stable video in any flight condition. The gimbal comes pre-configured and tuned for a smooth out-of-the-box experience. The kit includes: a pre-assembled Tarot gimbal, a mounting plate, and required cables and hardware.

Extra battery: Don't be limited by the flight battery included with IRIS+, select this option to receive extra batteries for more flights between charges.

GoPro: IRIS features a GoPro-compatible camera mount for capturing unique aerial videos with everyone's favorite portable HD camera. Select this option to receive a Go-Pro HERO3+ Silver with IRIS! Please note that we cannot ship GoPro internationally. When using a GoPro with IRIS+, please ensure that the WiFi is turned off; this can cause interference between IRIS and the controller.

SD Card: Need an SD card for your GoPro? Select this option to receive a 16 GB micro-SD card.

Replacement legs: Don't get caught off guard by the unexpected, select a pair of replacement short legs in either black, blue, or red, and get back in the air fast.

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    Learn more about IRIS+ here and visit the IRIS+ Information Portal for instructions, software downloads, and user guides.
     
     

    Due to the rich feature set and fully-autonomous capabilities of Arducopter code, the learning curve can appear somewhat intimidating. Fortunately, the suite of components has made this endeavor very straightforward and achievable.

    Please do not be tempted to skip over steps and rush into flight. This is robotics and aviation combined–both of which are quite complex on their own. Follow the steps patiently, and you will have your robot safely up in the air.

    Autonomous robots, flying machines, high-energy power systems, driving rotating blades — you are in charge of these potential hazards. Always follow best safety practices and pay close attention to safety warnings.

    All of us involved with this project care a great deal about the privacy and safety of those whom we share this planet with. Please be a good steward of this technology. It is the product of many evenings and weekends, we make it available for benevolent use.

     

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    μBrain by VR Robotics

     VR robotics -μBrain-   

    μBrain

     

    32 bit Micro sized Next Generation Autopilot Controller

    Our smallest flight controller featuring processing speeds up to 20 times faster than APM, delivering incredible performance, flexibility, and reliability for controlling any autonomous vehicle  

      Price: $229

    $309 with GPS

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

    Arthur C. Clarke

     

    Add Options - GPS - etc.

    *Please Allow 5-7 business days for delivery - we can expedite email

    All shipping is calculated for USA based locations, please email for any international shipping requests.  

    MicroBrain is the smallest 32bit Autopilot released by VirtualRobotix.

    It’s main characteristics are:

    • 168Mhz ARM CortexM4F micro controller  with DSP and hardware fpu.
    • 1024KiB flash , 192KiB of RAM.
    • accelerometer, MEMS gyroscope and barometer.
    • 8 RC  standard input PPM , PPMSUM , SBUS
    • 8 RC output at 490 hz
    • 1 SD Card Slot until 64 gigabyte
    • 1 I²C Bus
    • 3 serial porti:1 for option GPS 1 for SBUS 1 telemetry.
    • 3 digital switch  (ULN2003) 2 LED 1 BUZZER.
    •  Jtag port for realtime  debug .
    • 1 Input analog lipo voltage control.
    • Dimension 3.8×3.8 cm 10 gr hole distance 3.2 x 3.2 cm
    • GPS and Magnetometer as option.

    Drivers download

    Follow this link to download Windows drivers.

    Once downloaded, double click on the .exe to unzip.

    Choose a folder where you want to save them and once unzipped, go to unzipped folder VRuBrain_drivers_2.0.0.4  and run either DPInstx86.exe for 32bit Windows or DPInstx64.exe for 64bit windows.

    Board layout

    VRMicroBrain_top

    You can also connect telemetry using this pins: (be careful that you need to get the 5V from another pin header)

    VRMicroBrain_bottom

    Pre requisite :

    5 Volt BEC to connect on +5v -gnd near  GPS  – LED 1-2.

    GPS + Magnetometer compatible with 3DR – VRX  DF13 connector.

    Micro Usb cable .

    About Micro USB connector keep atention it is fragile connect and disconnect the connector using finger on it  , Do not pull or tug the  usb power cord . here : 

    http://vrbrain.wordpress.com/process-of-hardening-a-usb-connector-for-the-card-vr-micro-brain-5-1/

    you find  some info about mechanical update of USB connector to remove the iusse.  If you prefer you can send the board to lab for update it for more info and for check if your board is affect by the iusse contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Only early batch of  production have this iusse in new production we yet update it before to ship. 

     

    Powering the board

    The board should be powered by the +5V and GND on the pin header next to the micro SD Card  port near Led1 and Led2.

    It is also possible, but not advised to power up with an esc on the  output connector.

    Here is an example showing the recommended option: connecting the 5V output of a ubec to the led and buzzer pin header:
    ubec_connection

    Connecting the receiver

    To connect the receiver you have three options:

    1. Connect futaba SBUS (or Taranis) to the appropriate 3 pin connector.

    2. Connect PPMSUM on the first INPUT channel

    3. Connect all 8 inputs using the the connector provided.

    Note.
    Please note that at the moment you either have a firmware that supports PPMSUM and SBUS or PWM.At the moment of writing there is no way you can have the firmware for PWM and PPMSUM at the same time. We are working to solve this problem.

    Here is an exemple to show how we connect the Fr-sky x8r receiver to the VR Micro Brain:

    frsky_sbus

    Connecting the ESCS

    Like for the Input connector the first two pins are for powering the board using the ESC. You can eventually power the board using the 2 pin near the LED1.

    The other inputs are in order 1 to 8.

    This is how to connect the ESC to the provided cable using a male-to-male pin header. Please note we connect only the WHITE wires from the esc:

    connection_esc_1

    connection_esc_2

     

    The better option for safety is to cut the wire at desidered lengh and solder to ESC white wire , normally on my micro i prefer cut the cable at better leght.

     

    Connecting the GPS and External magnetomenter.

    If you have bought our GPS with integrated magnetometer, you will have two connectors on the edge of the  board to connect them.

    The GPS is on the upper face, and the magnetometer on the lower face.

    The connectors are compatible also with 3DR GPS + Mag

    First connection  of the board:

    All drivers , firmwares and bootloaders are available here :

    https://github.com/virtualrobotix/VRX_binary/archive/master.zip

     

    Before using the board, you need to install the Mission planner software available here  (permanent link to latest):

    http://ardupilot.com/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=82

    Once downloaded, please install it by double-clicking on the .msi file.

    Then download and unzip the file at:
    https://github.com/virtualrobotix/VRX_binary/archive/master.zip
    Connect a ubec to the board (or any 5v power supply) using the image above (5v and GND) wait for the blue led to blink, and then connect the USB.
    windows should not be able to install driver.

    open the file you’ve just downloaded , click on “drivers” and then run the installer (DPInstx64 or DPInst x86 depending on your operating system)

    Once done, your board should be recognized as a com port, with name VR Micro Brain
    port_recognition

    (please note: port COM is 13 on my computer, it could be different on yours!)
    Open mission planner,

    click on config:

    barra_sup_config

    beta update:

    beta_update

    Then help, and check for beta update:

    barra_sup_help

    check_beta

    Mission planner will update and then restart.

    We now need to upload the firmware on the board (only the first time):

    to do this, check the com port is correct, and baudrate is 115200

    com_speed

    DON’T CLICK ON CONNECT!!
    then go to “initial setup”:

    barra_sup_init

    “Install firmware”:

    install_fw

    And select the firmware according to your set up (+ or x configuration will be defined later):

    fw_options

    Wait for the firmware to install, and click ok if asked.

    Once done, you can now click connect, and set up your board (radio cal, etc) using the setup and tuning page. Next time, you’ll just have to click connect and access setup.

     

    Advanced users:

    -Uploading the bootloader:

    You can upload the bootloader by two different ways:
    1)Using the micro Sd card (only on last firmware, you must have fw uploaded on board)

    Select the right bootloader in this folder (after downloading it)
    https://github.com/virtualrobotix/VRX_binary/archive/master.zip
    save the .bin file on the sd card with name “bootloader.bin
    put the sd cart back on the board, and plug it in. The firmware should now update the bootloader, and then delete the file on the sd card.
    2)Using the DFuse software

    take off the jumper on the board,

    connect the USB cable. The led should blink blue.

    open the DFuse software.

    select the right bootloader file (in the downloaded file above, at this link:)
    https://github.com/virtualrobotix/VRX_binary/archive/master.zip

    Then click “upload”. This should go very fast (about 2-3sec)

    Once done, disconnect the usb cable, put the jumper back on and reconnect the USB cable. You can now use the Mission planner procedure (see top) to upload firmware.
    -Uploading the firmware + bootloader

    You can also upload both the firmware + the bootloader in one time with dfuse. To do that, use the above procedure, but choose the appropriate DFU of the firmware section in the folder previously downloaded.

     

    FAQ

    Is it possible to upload the firmware with mission planner ? 

    Yes it’s possible update the firmware with mission planner … you need only usb cable , then you can use standard function on mission planner for update firmware on uBrain  and change frame configuration.

    Is it possible to use usb to power up the board and for telemetry connection.

    Yes is possible but keep attention when you connect and disconnect the micro usb connector because it’s fragile respect of mini usb available on other VR Products as VR Brain 4 and 5

    Is it possible to use standard PWM with  VR uBrain 5 ? 

    Yes it’s possible but actual limit is 6 pwm in. We are working to support all 8 pwm  … this is the official post from our dev team :

    Hi,

    for people who need custom firmware with PPM (for now only 6 channels) on VR Micro Brain, can find it in the repository https://github.com/virtualrobotix/VRX_binary.

    You can download it with git or in zip format.

    In this repository, in folder VRX \firmware\Copter\custom\VRX-quad, there is the desired firmware: ArduCopter-vrubrain-v51-PPM.

    To upload it to device, for now, you must use the file ArduCopter-vrubrain-v51-PPM.dfu that is to be uploaded with DfuSe removing boot jumper.

    ArduCopter-vrubrain-v51-PPM.dfu contains both the bootloader than the firmware.

    We have integrated in Mission Planner the ability to upload our custom firmware on our board… we are waiting for the update.

     

    Luca

     


    Due to the rich feature set and fully-autonomous capabilities of Arducopter code, the learning curve can appear somewhat intimidating. Fortunately, the suite of components has made this endeavor very straightforward and achievable.

    Please do not be tempted to skip over steps and rush into flight. This is robotics and aviation combined–both of which are quite complex on their own. Follow the steps patiently, and you will have your robot safely up in the air.

    Autonomous robots, flying machines, high-energy power systems, driving rotating blades — you are in charge of these potential hazards. Always follow best safety practices and pay close attention to safety warnings.

    All of us involved with this project care a great deal about the privacy and safety of those whom we share this planet with. Please be a good steward of this technology. It is the product of many evenings and weekends, we make it available for benevolent use.

     

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    Pixhawk by 3D Robotics

    3D Robotics -Pixhawk-  

     

    Pixhawk

     

     Next Generation Autopilot Controller

    Our most advanced flight controller featuring processing speeds up to 20 times faster than APM, delivering incredible performance, flexibility, and reliability for controlling any autonomous vehicle  

    Price: $199

    $279 with GPS

      

    Pixhawk Options

    *Please Allow 5-7 business days for delivery - we can expedite email

    All shipping is calculated for USA based locations, please email for any international shipping requests.  

    Pixhawk Flight Controller by 3d Robotics

    Pixhawk is an advanced autopilot system designed by the PX4 open-hardware project and manufactured by 3D Robotics. It features advanced processor and sensor technology from ST Microelectronics® and a NuttX real-time operating system, delivering incredible performance, flexibility, and reliability for controlling any autonomous vehicle.

    The benefits of the Pixhawk system include integrated multithreading, a Unix/Linux-like programming environment, completely new autopilot functions such as Lua scripting of missions and flight behavior, and a custom PX4 driver layer ensuring tight timing across all processes. These advanced capabilities ensure that there are no limitations to your autonomous vehicle. Pixhawk allows existing APM and PX4 operators to seamlessly transition to this system and lowers the barriers to entry for new users to participate in the exciting world of autonomous vehicles.

    The flagship Pixhawk module will be accompanied by new peripheral options, including a digital airspeed sensor, support for an external multi-color LED indicator and an external magnetometer. All peripherals are automatically detected and configured.

    PX4FMU Autopilot / Flight Management Unit

    PX4FMU Top View

    PX4FMU the core of the Pixhawk is a high-performance autopilot-on-module suitable for fixed wing, multi rotors, helicopters, cars, boats and any other robotic platform that can move. It is targeted towards high-end research, amateur and many varying industry needs.

    PX4FMU Bottom View
     
     

    Interfaces

    • 4x UART, 2x I2C, 1x SPI, 1x CAN
    • External magnetometer port (I2C1 or I2C3, compatible with this board: 3DR magnetometer breakout board)
    • microSD slot
    • PPM / RC control input (sum signal format, many compatible receivers, all channels on one connector)
    • Up to 8 GPIOs, 2 25mA high power, up to 4 PWM (servo out)
    • Battery sense (1-18V), Buzzer (up to 1.0 A, VBAT driven)
    • Reverse polarity protection on all power inputs
    • Buzzer (PWM) output
    • JTAG / SWD (ARM-Mini 10 pos / 0.05“ connector)

     

    PX4FMU v1.7 User Manual preview

    manual

    Sensors

     

    PX4FMU v1.7 angle

     

    USB Driver

    • Windows: ZIP file, manual installation
    • Mac OS: Comes with in-built drivers, no additional driver for the micro USB port, but you need the VCP drivers (32/64 bit) on MacOS X Lion or above for the FTDI connection
    • Linux: Comes with in-built drivers, no additional driver needed

    microSD Card Slot

    Kingston microSD card with adapter

    PX4FMU has a microSD socket and can read and write FAT (16 or 32)-formatted SD / SDHC cards (the default formatting of new SD / SDHC cards). It can log data on the SD / SDHC card or read configuration files.

    List of compatible microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC cards

    Matching Peripherals

    PX4FMU can be used on top of these carrier boards:

    PX4FMU v1.7 top PX4FMU v1.7 bottom

    Supported Platforms / Airframes

    Any multicopter, airplane, rover or boat that can be controlled with normal RC servos or Futaba S-Bus servos (S-Bus or servos: only in combination with PX4IO Airplane/Rover Servo and I/O Module, brushless motor controllers can be controlled with PX4FMU alone, up to four in a classic quadrotor setup.). More details are available on the platforms page.

    Overview

    PX4FMU Overview

     

    Stacking Spacers

    Spacers to stack PX4 boards, normally delivered with carrier boards (PX4IO Airplane/Rover Servo and I/O Module / PX4IOAR - AR.Drone Shield) if bought from ETTS LLC "Digi-DNA" a 3D Robotics Integrator.

    • Between-board spacers (8 mm (5/16”) height): Digi-Key Link for stacking e.g. PX4FMU and PX4IO
    • Below-board spacers (1.6 mm): Digi-Key Link For mounting PX4FMU on the platform

    Connectors

    These jumper wires are suitable for the GPS (J4) and MULTI (J1) housings below.

    PX4FMU 1.6 Pinout 

    For the orientation of the connectors, please refer to the full manual.

    Interface to other PX4 Modules

     

    Standalone Operation

    PX4FMU can be used standalone, without any stacked PX4 carrier board, for a wide range of applications. It has 4x servo out (PWM), I2C, 1 or 2 UARTs, battery voltage sensing and a low-current 3.3V power supply output on its multi connector (details) and requires 5V power input.

    Supported platforms include:

    • Quadrotor/Multirotor frames (e.g. ArduCopter (PWM, 4 rotors))
    • Small fixed wing aircraft (with a servo power harness and BEC)
    • Cars / Rovers / boats (with a servo power harness and BEC)

    Stacked Operation

    PX4 Stack viewed from left

    The PX4 system has a stacking concept for combining the PX4FMU autopilot-on-module with a carrier board that interfaces to the platform and provides a stable 5V power supply. This concept allows customized solutions for different vehicles whilst still sharing the same autopilot module. The image on the left shows PX4FMU Autopilot / Flight Management Unit and PX4IO Airplane/Rover Servo and I/O Module stacked as complete fixed-wing/car/boat solution.

    Function Mappings

    Many PX4FMU pins have multiple functions. These functions can be changed at runtime, with changes saved in the onboard EEPROM. The PX4FMU Multi Ports page explains this mechanism in detail.

    Each column represents one function mapping: SRV is for PWM servo output, AR for the AR.Drone 1.0/2.0 motor interface. The 3.3V VDD pin is a 3.3V, 500 mA current-limited power output for peripherals, e.g. a radio modem. The 5.0V VDD pin is the 5.0V, reverse-polarity protected power input.

    Dimensions and 3D Model

    Google Sketchup can be used to view and render the highly-detailed 3D model of PX4FMU:

    PX4FMU with dimensions

    EDA Files (Eagle CAD)

    PX4FMU is designed with Cadsoft Eagle v6.2.


    Due to the rich feature set and fully-autonomous capabilities of Arducopter code, the learning curve can appear somewhat intimidating. Fortunately, the suite of components has made this endeavor very straightforward and achievable.

    Please do not be tempted to skip over steps and rush into flight. This is robotics and aviation combined–both of which are quite complex on their own. Follow the steps patiently, and you will have your robot safely up in the air.

    Autonomous robots, flying machines, high-energy power systems, driving rotating blades — you are in charge of these potential hazards. Always follow best safety practices and pay close attention to safety warnings.

    All of us involved with this project care a great deal about the privacy and safety of those whom we share this planet with. Please be a good steward of this technology. It is the product of many evenings and weekends, we make it available for benevolent use.

     

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    UAV X8-M

     

    Why a 3DR Mapping Platform?

    Fully Automated Workflow: From mission planning to takeoff, landing, and the actual flight, to photo capturing, tagging and post-processing, we’ve automated all the hard parts. Save and repeat flights identically to compare and overlay data across time.

    Data is only as Good as the Images: Extraordinarily crisp and accurate resolution for acquiring critical detail. Zoom from the sky down to the grape.

    Advanced Desktop Processing:  Bundled with Canon SX260 12MP camera and Pix4D’s image processing software for a complete and professional all-in-one aerial workflow package.

    All-In-One Solution: Package includes a 12 MP Canon SX260 camera, a 3DR X8-M (copter) or Aero-M (fixed-wing) and Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR Edition professional image processing software.

     

    Revolution by Price

    3DR wants to make the most advanced aerial technology available to as many people in as many places as we can, and thanks to our free and open global innovation engine we’re able to deliver advanced capabilities at a price five times less than that of our nearest technological competitor. We did this to revolutionize the aerial mapping price point, offering the most advanced and serious aerial data acquisition capabilities at a level of accessibility that will redefine not only the UAV industry, but will help as many people as we can to redefine their industries.

    Software – Pix4D

    Image processing for our mapping platforms is powered by Pix4D, the leading provider for professional UAV processing software. The Pix4Dmapper software included in your package is a complete and fully automatic mapping and modeling solution that can convert and join thousands of images into highly accurate geo-referenced 2D mosaics. The software can also generate fly-through animations from original images in a single workflow. The software is suited to beginners as well as professional photogrammetrists: Create the project and get results with one click.

    A Pix4Dmapper Pro upgrade is also available for 3DR mapping platform customers. With Pix4Dmapper Pro 3DR Edition users are enabled to exploit full 3D capabilities as well as agriculture specific tools. The Pro version can generate point clouds, digital surface and terrain models, create vector objects (polylines, surfaces, stockpiles) and create index maps (e.g. NDVI).

     

    Need More Info? email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     


    Click below to see a finished map:

    Map_Tease

     
     
     
     

    X8-M

    The X8-M is the perfect tool for creating high-resolution visual-spectrum aerial maps. The platform offers low-flying and high accuracy mapping, with a fully redundant propulsion system for increased reliability. Easy to fly and simple to operate, the X8-M can take off and land even in the tightest areas, which makes the vehicle compatible with just about any type of terrain. And because the X8-M can fly at low altitudes and at slow speeds, it can capture images with a level of detail and precision that’s impossible to acquire with manned flights or satellite imagery.

    The X8-M package includes a Canon SX260 high-resolution 12 MP camera and the powerful image processing tool, Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR Edition software, to create highly accurate, georeferenced and orthorectified mosaics.

    Price: $5400

    Includes: Aircraft, transmitter, two batteries, spare parts, camera, hard case

    Software Included: Pix4Dmapper LT 3DR Edition

    Options: Ground station frequency (413 or 915), FPV (optional), upgrade to Pix4Dmapper Pro 3DR Edition (optional), extra batteries (optional)

    Autopilot: Pixhawk autopilot system

    Flight time: 14 min*

    Area coverage: 25 acres*

    Map ground resolution: .7 inches per pixel (2 cm per pixel)*

    Orthomosaic accuracy: 3-16 ft (1-5 m)

     


    Due to the rich feature set and fully-autonomous capabilities of Arducopter code, the learning curve can appear somewhat intimidating. Fortunately, the suite of components has made this endeavor very straightforward and achievable.

    Please do not be tempted to skip over steps and rush into flight. This is robotics and aviation combined–both of which are quite complex on their own. Follow the steps patiently, and you will have your robot safely up in the air.

    Autonomous robots, flying machines, high-energy power systems, driving rotating blades — you are in charge of these potential hazards. Always follow best safety practices and pay close attention to safety warnings.

    All of us involved with this project care a great deal about the privacy and safety of those whom we share this planet with. Please be a good steward of this technology. It is the product of many evenings and weekends, we make it available for benevolent use.

     

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