Radiance F3 Flight Controller with integrated race transponder

If you’re gearing up for the 2017 drone racing season we’ve got the flight controller for you.

The FuriousFPV radiance is a superb, fully specced F3 flight controller with one vital and critical addition that makes it stand out from the crowd, an integrated iLaps transponder.

Official races use an IR transponder to log your times as you pass through the start.finish gate of a race. Usually these transponders are a separate unit that requires a 5V feed and an extra space on your quad. Often they get swapped from one setup to the next, are a pain to place safely and are easy to lose and break.

The Radiance solves that with a built in transponder and is supplied with an IR LED to keep things light and compact.

The FC is feature packed and comes with all the usual inputs such as PPM and sBus with built in inverter as well as a dedicated spektrum satellite port, support for up to 6 ESCS and a compact design that keeps all your critical connections inside the stack.

The board does not feature a PDB so is ideal when paired with a 4in1 ESC. The board is powered directly from a 2-6S lipo so no extra VBAT connection is needed for voltage monitoring.

FPV and receivers are taken care of with a basic 5V BEC plus a 0.8A LC filtered BEC for Camera and VTX.

Full features

  • High Performance, User Friendly F3 MPU6000 Chip
  • Built In High Power BEC
  • Integrated LC Filter 
  • iLap Transponder Support 
  • Incorporated Current Sensor Monitor Input
  • F3 Processor Chip
  • 2S-6S Ready
  • Ultra Compact Design for Ease of Installation
  • Gold Plated Pads for the Very Best Connectivity
  • Heavy Duty 2A BEC @ 5V Output and 0.8A BEC @12V Output
  • Firmware Perfection via CleanFlight & BetaFlight
  • BLHeli Pass Through Compatible
  • Sbus Ready w/ Built In Inverter
  • Included Spektrum Satellite Port
  • Frysky Telemetry, Ready & Waiting
  • Full USB Support
  • Built In Buzzer

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iSeries Drone race 2017 – Get your quad race ready!

Dates for the 2017 iSeries drone racing season have just been announced. With 5 races announced so far the iseries will see up to 40 pilots per event compete for the podium on a purpose built indoor track in Nottingham.

Races fixtures

  1. March 18th
  2. April 22nd
  3. May 27th
  4. June 10th
  5. July 8th

Unlike previous events the venue is a dedicated drone racing spot and the guys behind series promise a pilot driven event with plenty to keep you entertained between races. It looks like the team involved are really pulling out all the stops audit’s shaping up to be an epic season of indoor racing.

The venue will offer refreshments, charging, arcade machines and a pit room to keep you in the air. If you’re looking for an opportunity to race against some of the fastest pilots in the country this is it.

What you’ll need

  • A racing quad running up to 6″ props and up to a 6S battery.
  • 220mm maximum frame size
  • 25mw VTX
  • RGB LED‘s for identification.
  • BFPVRA or FPVUK insurance
  • An IR transponder

That’s it. Check out the details here, sign up for your chosen races and we’ll see you there!

If you’re not sure about your race setup get in touch. With next day delivery available from i-Drone you’ve got plenty of time to finish that race winning rig.

 

Foxeer Arrow FPV camera with built in voltage OSD.

Many pilots like an OSD (On Screen Display) when flying but most come stacked with features we don’t need and will never use. For quad racing the only vital statistic is the battery voltage. Taking care of your Lipo’s is important and over discharging a cell can lead to lower performance or even failure in your battery packs.

Normally, an OSD unit must be programmed, calibrated and added in between your camera feed and VTX to overlay the info we need. Now we can cut out the middle man as Foxeer has built one into their newest HS1190 camera.

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This updated Arrow features all the setup options you normally find on the HS1177 as well as a timer and live battery voltage that automatically senses the number of cells and provides a warning when voltage is critically low. It has a slightly different shape to the regular HS1177 and is provided with several mounting options including the new angle-adjustable bracket which is a great improvement on the standard mount point. The screw mounts now feature a threaded brass insert for strength and durability.

The voltage readout is smooth and easy to read. Voltage sensor information is provided from a single wire in the harness connected to an ESC or main battery pad.

 

Each element on the screen can be edited and moved to any position on screen. Voltage can be fine tuned if you find it’s not correct but we’ve found them accurate to within 0.1V straight out of the box.

One of our team pilots has been using it with great success. Here’s some DVR footage of the Arrow V2 in action.

Hint – Multiple ground plugs are provided in the harness for the main camera voltage and the OSD unit. In testing we had success using just a single voltage sensor wire as long as the camera has one ground connected.

 

New 20×20 flight controller and stackable VTX. The micro revolution!

Looking for a tiny, lightweight flight controller that fits the latest micro frames and includes a built in PDB? What about a stackable 40CH 25-200mw VTX with built in OSD?

If you’re building a micro racer or just want to keep things lightweight and compact this is the combo for you. Every thing you need for truly tiny setup in a 27x27x20mm stack.

The FC is designed to fit 20x20mm mounting holes such as those found in the new Atto frames but can be mounted 30.5mm spaced frames using double sided tape or a FC converter. The VTX stacks on top using two mount holes and features a u/fl connector for a versatile antenna connection.

For such a tiny board the specs are amazing:

Flight controller

  • F3 STM32 MPU-6000 SPI
  • Up to 5S capable PDB
  • 5V 2A LC filtered BEC output
  • Supports, Sbus, ,SumH, SumD, Spektrum, Xbus, PPM
  • Buzzer and LED support
  • Frisky, smartport and HoTT telemetry
  • 3 independent UART serial ports

Video transmitter

  • 40 Channel including raceband
  • Adjustable, 25-200mw power output
  • MWOSD with PID and VTX control
  • Integrated voltage, mah and timer
  • Supplied with u/fl CPL antenna and u/fl to SMA adapter

This really is a fully integrated solution for your micro drone. Just add ESCS, motors, camera and receiver and you’re done.

We can’t wait to see the builds from this combo. If you intend to use this on a build drawing more than 80A in total we advise using a separate PDB. To convert from a full size PDBdown to the 20x20mm mount for this board you’ll need our FC converter.

Menace Raptor and Invader antennas. The new gold standard?

Choosing the right antenna set is critical to an enjoyable and frustration free FPV experience. A clear picture can make the difference between first place and a quad full of grass. If you’re looking for the latest upgrade in video performance the Menace RC 5.8ghz set is where it’s at.

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The set includes 2 antennas, a circular polarised transmitter and a patch receiver. Each tuned to give you the best signal and range possible with a robust and lightweight design.

Designed by Maarten Baert, this new design throws out the fragile blades seen on typical CPL antennas and replaces it with a PCB pagoda construction that offers excellent 360° coverage and a high axial ratio and radiation efficiency of 92%. If that means nothing to you just believe us that it’s very, very good.

All antennas, are supplied with standard SMA connectors. Converters and pigtails are available here for mounting to your quad or FPV goggles.

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For the best possible coverage run the raptor on your quad with a paired raptor plus invader on a diversity setup. There’s no better combo for the price with a matching pair available for less than £21. 

 

New Emax Femto micro F3 flight controller

If you’re looking for the smallest, lightest fully capable F3 flight controller check out the new Emax Femto.

Measuring a tiny 20x20mm and tipping the scales at just 2.2g it includes an 80A PDB so is perfect for micro builds. It’s got all the RC inputs you might need plus LED and buzzer support, VBAT, and a 5v BEC for powering your micro camera and VTX.

For larger builds pair this with a 12 micro BEC to supply 12V to your HS1177 and 12V VTX.

This board is changing the way we can build quads and setting a new standard in lightweight hardware.

The Femto is designed to be soft mounted on small builds but we’re including a free 3D printed 30.5mm adapter to fit standard FC mounting holes with every board. We can’t wait to see what you do with it.

Emax Femto F3 close Emax Femto F3 full

Specs:

STM32F303 CPU

MPU9250 accelerometer/gyro/compass (connected via SPI)

2-6S LiPo battery

Integrated 5V/3A BEC

Dedicated Sbus and serial RX with 5v, Spektrum 1024/2048, SBUS, XBUS, SumD and SumH RX with built-in inverter

Supports direct connection of 3.3v Spektrum Satellite receivers

Telemetry support (frsky telemetry, smartport, and HoTT telemetry)

Dedicated PPM receiver input

Buzzer support

Dedicated output for programmable LEDs – great for orientation, racing and night flying. (Currently mutually exclusive with the Transponder)

BLHeli Passthrough ready(connect BLheli suite)

2.0 mm pin headers

80A Current tolerance (PDB)

Integrated Battery monitoring

Use all the features all the time; e.g. Connect your USB + SmartPort + SBus + LED Strip + Battery Monitoring + 4 motors – all at the same time!

20x20mm board

Weight 2.2 grams

※UART3 (RX3)

Use for Spektrum Satellite RX, Spektrum 1024/2048, SBUS, XBUS, SumD and SumH RX, etc.

※UART2/PPM – Serial RX or PPM RX + Telemetry

Use RX2 as PPM receiver. Use TX2 as telemetry output when using PPM.

Drones for Security : The Various Applications In A Modern Society

Drones for Security : The Various Applications In A Modern Society

Drones may well become part of our lives and there is immense growth potential for the drone industry. In the past drones have been used for military operations but an increased interest in drone technology has paved the way for widening the scope of their use. The use of drone is going to grow as it is a very cost effective method with various usages. The aim of any new type of technology is to understand the requirements of the public. Thus if there is no real desire for a product it would not be able to become a profitable enterprise. The world is increasingly becoming a closer community. The addition of drones is to help cater for many different needs of a society.

Drones Used For Surveillance

It should be noted large company’s such as Amazon are trying to use drones for the delivery of parcels to customers. Also drones can be used for aerial video and photography surveillance.It maybe noted one of the ways in which drones can be used is to help with aiding with security. It is of considerable advantage to use drone has it would mean being less reliant on human for various security tasks. Since there is great advancement being made in technology and the security industry can take advantage by using drones to aid them with surveillance of properties and civilians. Also the drones besides their surveillance capabilities can be used for taking images which would help in any investigation. There are various types of drones available in the market and it would be a good thing to examine the features and capabilities to make sure they will help to fulfill the requirements for which purpose they are been purchased. The use of a camera on the drones is a very good way of capturing photography. There are drones available with built in camera or can be fixed onto the body of the drone.

Furthermore, drones for usage of surveillance have many benefits as they can provide a discrete form of aerial surveillance. There is a possibility to capture real time footage from different angels. Also drone can play a part in monitoring of the traffic and can aid law enforcement agencies with vital data which can help with maintaining law and order in a society. It is useful to examine the legislation in a country on drone usage as not to fall foul of any violation of the law.

My First Drone

My First Drone

There are many reasons why it is considered a good idea to buy a drone and are extremely accessible technology. They do have a cool factor to them and are considered to play an important function with many practical applications. The aim is to select the right drone for your needs. It is worth mentioning not all the countries have the same laws as to flying drones and it is worth checking the airspace regulations in your country. There is a degree of control needed to fly drones and it is vital to feel confident to enjoying your experience. There is a need to be familiar with different acronyms such as RTF (Ready To Fly), BNF (Bind and Fly), ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) etc, etc.

It is worth checking out various types of drones and to investment in a drone which meets your needs. However there is not a buy one which meets all your needs type of drone. One of the essential requirements is to make sure you buy a good controller which suits your flying style. However, the choice of a controller is a personal decision as there is no one such one fit all type of controller on the market. It is very important to master the controls of your drone as without proficiency in keeping the drone airborne might result in crashing it.

The Necessary Checks To Make Before Flying A Drone

It is very important to spend time on checking the drone machinery and parts to reduce the risk of flying. So it is worth making sure the battery is charged and secured. Also, the propellers must be examined before each flight to check for any damages or if too worn out and it might be a good idea to switch on the machine to hear if there is any type of noise which might sound unusual. It would be vital to lubricate all the parts to have a smooth flying experience.

Ongoing Maintenance To Minimise The Costs

It is a good idea to have access to a professional who can repair problems which might be complicated to fix. So you could check out your local directory or Google for the professionals in your area who offer the services of repairing drones. Since a problem might be fixed without the need to spend money on buying a new drone.

However, the efforts needed to maintain a drone is worth it as it would make the experience of flying worthwhile. The innovations in autopilot make it possible for the drones accessible to the public. It is important to remember drones are unmanned but not unpiloted and it is necessary to get the right training to be able to control the craft with confidence.

Micro Drone 3.0

The New Look 3.0

 

Ok, so today I visited the 3D Print Show at the Old Truman Brewery in London. It was great to see a lot of the new products and printers that are currently available.
Whilst there, I came across Vernon Kerswell, the founder, inventor, owner and driving force behind Extreme Fliers and the Micro Drone.
The new Micro Drone 3.0 was on show there today and boy what a remarkable little quad it is.
It will replace the Micro Drone 2.0 and is due out around August. The 2.0 was and still is, a great buy, super flier and a lot of fun. This will cease to be available once the Micro Drone 3.0 is released.
Well what are the main differences between the 2.0 and the 3.0, well, they look similar, but are worlds apart.

The new 3.0 will have several new and wonderful additions, making the competitors wish they had concentrated more on quality and design and less about getting lots of cheaper looking micro quads on the shelves.

  • Smartphone Control Option
  • Micro Gimbal (optional extra)
  • New 720P HD Camera
  • Removable Prop Guards
  • 3 Arm Size Options (optional extra)

The 3.0 will have 2 additional arm sizes available, making 3 size options for the flier. Simply unplug the current arms and plug in the larger sizes. The all new 3.0 CPU design will take care of this with new algorithms, keeping this rock solid in the air.

The new CPU will not only have a 6 axis gyro, but also feature a compass and barometer. This really helps this fly perfectly indoor and outdoors in high winds. With a top speed of around 45mph, this is no slouch. With 2 flight modes, standard and acrobatic, the 3.0 will roll and flip with ease in the latter flight mode.

I learnt today also, that they are working on a Bind and Fly version, that will connect to the popular RC Radios (Spektrum, Futaba etc). This will open the 3.0 up to all the RC enthusiasts wanting to get in to mini quads.

Another groundbreaking feature is the ability to use the 3.0 as a FPV racer. Once the new 720p HD camera is connected, simply pair your phone via the iOS or Android app, will allow you to view the cameras live feed with apparently with zero latency, so important for FPV flying. Attach your smart phone to a set of the Google Dodo Case and you have an inexpensive set of FPV goggles.

Vernon was very keen to mention his idea of  Community Based Programme, where upgrades and new designs could be openly shared. This was very interesting, as his vision was to have a worldwide audience. I wouldn’t think it would take long as the Micro Drone 3.0 will take off and be even more popular than the earlier versions.

Spec:

Max Range: 300m

Max Speed: 45mph

Flight Time: 8 Minutes

Control: Supplied Radio, 2.4Ghz BNF, IOS or Android (via app)

 

On show with the Micro Drone 3.0 was also some 3D Laser Sintered models. These were designed by Kai Bracher and available at present from Shapeways. There were 2 clip on models, the Wasp and a Dragon. There was also another Dragon that you took the complete works of either the 2.0 or 3.0 and fit it directly into this beautifully designed frame. The detailing on these were amazing and athough around £25.00 to £35.00, the frames would make your Micro Drone stand head and shoulders above the competition.

 

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