I am researching what hardware platform to use for an ArduCopter.
The alternatives I'm looking at are:
-ArduCopter Quad kit
-ArduCopter Hexa kit
-Cheap 525-frame-based kit
I understand that the hexa will have more lifting power then the quad, and that a hexa, in theory, is able to avoid crashing when a single motor fails, but I have not found any information about other differentiating characteristics.
How do Quad and Hexa differ in handling in manual flight ? (Is the hexa smoother / less aerobatic ?)
Is there a difference in APM2 autopilot capability when it comes to handling Quad or Hexa ?
Does APM2 actually have a capability to recover a Hexa from single-motor failure ?
Questions, questions. Even partial answers would be quite helpful.
ps. I just got a Blade MQX for stick training, and can highly recommend it to multi rotor-beginners.
I think a hexa feels pretty much the same to fly as a quad except it will be a little less 'snappy'. The motor out capability is still theoretical for APM unfortunately.. that's really a secondary priority behind getting all the auto features working reliably. The APM handles both quads and hexas the same.. no differences in features or performance.
Thank you for the reply. I think it will be a quad for me then. The Arducopter Quad is currently not shipping, so there's more time to think. Maybe a DJ Flamewheel - seems decent and is cheaper then the Arducopter.