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ELEV-8 Quadcopters
ELEV-8 Quadcopters


 
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Product Code: MKPX23

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The ELEV-8 Quadcopters is lifted and propelled by four fixed rotors. There are no fixed wings; all of the lift is created from the rotors. Unlike standard helicopters, a quadcopter uses fixed-pitch blades, whose rotor pitch does not vary as the blades rotate; control of vehicle motion is achieved by varying the relative speed of each rotor to change the thrust and torque produced by each.

The quadcopter uses a HoverFly board with a Propeller multicore microprocessor to electronically control stabilization of the aircraft. The benefits to this system are a stable platform, with no mechanical linkages for a small maneuverable and agile aircraft.

The kit provides an inexpensive way to get involved in the quadcopter arena. The kit includes; frame, mounting hardware, motors, speed controllers, propellers and the control board for flight stabilization (the only things you need to provide is the RC radio equipment and battery). We recommend a six channel RC radio.

The ELEV-8 platform is large enough for outdoor flight and has plenty of room for payload and attachments (up to 2 lbs).

Please note: This kit is not for beginners, it takes a moderate amount of mechanical skill for building and flying. The ELEV-8 quadcopter kit requires an average of 8 hours to assemble; RC experience and a crash pack is highly recommended!
Features


  • Light weight 2.5 lbs fully assembled (without battery)
  • Size 18 3/8 inches (467 mm) motor center to motor center -- 20 1/4" X 20 1/4 inches (514 mm) -- Main body/frame 7" X 7" (177mm) -- Height 7" (177mm)
  • 2 - APC 10 X 4.7 Pushers
  • 2 - APC 10 X 4.7P Composite Propellers
  • 4 - Turnigy Plush-25A ESCs
  • 4 - Brushless Outrunner 1000 kv Motor
  • 4 - Anodized 6061 5/8" - .035 aluminum round tube

Average Customer Review: 3 of 5 | Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

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  8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
 
Overpriced with questionable open src commitment January 27, 2013
Reviewer: Mark from Massachusetts  
This is a fine kit, but it's a stretch to advertise it as open. This kit is based on HoverflyOPEN. In Hoverfly's words:
"The HoverflyOPEN flight controller system is based on our core Sensor Data Fusion technology called HoverCore."
"We can't tell you exactly what HoverCore operates or what types of digital filtering it uses. If you want to write the code yourself or use an open source solution...great."

http://www.hoverflytech.com/Core_Technologies.html
http://www.parallax.com/Portals/0/Downloads/docs/prod/robo/elev-8/80000_HoverflyOPENUsersGuideV1_0.pdf

Be sure to read Chapter 7: The Open Stuff.

I won't mention specific competitors here, but for $180 less than this kit, you could get a drone kit of comparable quality that comes with GPS and autopilot (as in fly-by-maps.google.com). These drones are truly open and have an active community.

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