After much effort and many late nights I'd like to introduce you to the XY8-EOSc coaxial quad multi-rotor and camera mount. The XY8 frame is a design I've been working on since last October that combines the front (and rear) boom spacing of a Y6 tri-copter with the motor count of an X8 co-axial quad-copter thus giving a clear field of view for a wide angle camera lens and excellent motor-out capabilities (as was proven inadvertently in a recent flight). The EOSc (EOS compatible) camera mount has been in development since August, 2011 and the mount shown in the pictures is the sixth version to be built/flown/tested.
I'm offering the complete package for sale as a Ready-to-Fly unit complete with Mikrokopter flight control and GPS electronics, an Iftron wireless video system and a JR 9503 radio system. All of the details are listed below. One has been built for a customer in Texas (my good friend Emowillcox) and will ship this Monday.
My plan is to offer four units for sale at an introductory price of $9450.00 USD (shipped in the continental USA). If the four sell in a reasonable amount of time then I'll plan a production run of ten complete units and establish the business structure and insurance coverage before proceeding. The production rate will be limited in order to preserve my ability to provide excellent customer support.
Potential buyers should have some RC helicopter flight experience before ordering. Please use this thread to ask any questions.
I also have an NEXc camera mount (Sony NEX to Panasonic GH2 range of cameras) planned that will be quite unique in a couple of ways plus it will be smaller/lighter and suitable for either an XY4 or XY8 helicopter.
Youtube channel with sample videos....more will be added in the coming days/weeks.....
Original XY8 build thread showing early development process.....
XY8 CO-AXIAL QUAD-COPTER
Ultra-stable platform for Professional Aerial Media applications
Carbon fiber frame plates and booms
Dual, independent battery connections provide power supply redundancy
Dual, independent satellite receivers (with diversity board) provide control link redundancy
Compact size allows for transportation in most smaller cars (It easily fit on the back seat of a four-door Honda Civic)
Easily accessed battery mounts and connections for quick battery changes between flights
Easy to carry
Droidworx HLE carbon fiber landing gear
Room on frame plates for all major flight control systems (Mikrokopter included in RTF)
Room for up to four batteries (attachments for two provided)
LED strips to mark the front arms and coordinated with kopter functions
Simple construction to make field repairs easier
EOSc* CAMERA MOUNT
Clear field of view from approximately 30 degrees nose up to straight down (Canon T2i w/ Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens)
Very strong and durable aircraft-grade aluminum construction
Yellow powder coated finish to aid in recovery if lost (and it looks cool )
Four point mounting system integrated within overall copter design
Independent 7.4 volt, switched electrical system
Wiring harness includes two power taps for HDMI converter, video Tx, etc.
¼” mounting holes for Canon T2i/550D, Panasonic GH2, Sony NEX
GoPro mount, fly your GoPro while also flying your main camera!
External potentiometers on roll and pitch axis
High Performance Savox High Voltage digital servos
Unique vibration dampening system, Patent-pending
Robust mounting and pivot points for stability in advanced flying & wind conditions
2S, 2200 mah Lipo lasts approximately eight, 10 minute flights
Easily change SD cards with camera in position (Canon T2i)
Mounting point for video Tx keeps antenna steady in roll
Easily converts to independent gimbal stabilization for two-man operation (Coming soon, test flights with Hoverfly Gimbal and Picloc 3X)
INCLUDED IN RTF PACKAGE:
Mikrokopter Oktokopter (8 motor) Complete Flight Control System
- Flight Control v2.1, ver .88 firmware
- Navi Control v2.0 (commercial license not included)
- GPS v2.1
- Brushless motor controllers (BL) ver 2.0
- XL Power Distribution Ring
- Camera gimbal stabilization outputs
Flight control system configured for GPS Position Hold and Come Home, remote GPS gain adjustment, altitude hold, camera shutter release, camera tilt control, GentLED photo/video actuation
JR 9503 DSMX remote control system, 9 channels, 2.4 GHz (unused R921x receiver included with package)
Iftron 5.8 GHz wireless video system (Mondo Stinger 500mw transmitter, Yellow Jacket diversity receiver w/ dual video outputs)
IBCrazy’s Blue Beam video Tx/Rx antennae
Xoar Props (Custom balanced before mounting)
Video review on DVD including quality control checks, explanation of controls, and first flights
*EOS is a registered trademark of the Canon Corporation
Please note, RTF copters will have a dome installed. I'm in the final stages of preparing a plug for production of the domes and they will be ready before the first units are shipped.
Thanks for reading if you've made it this far!
Please PM me if you'd like my cell phone number to speak with me directly.