Gaui autonomous-capable quadcopter now available--$349


Flench reports that the Gaui 330X quadcopter is now shipping. It's advertised for $349. Specs from the product's home page here:




"330X was designed based on UAV , which emphasizes
the advantages are:
  1. Flight Efficiency: Standard Battery
    (2S2000mAh) time of flight for more than 12min, with a high-capacity battery,
    the flight time will be more than 20 min or more
    (available spreadsheet calculation)
  2. Excellent wind resistance: the efficiency and load of propeller are perfectly optimized,
    so the wind resistance will be better than general
    electric aircraft High stability:
    contains GU344 (three-axis stabilizing system)for the
    beginner or the FPV flying,
    it is a very stable Vehicle.
  3. Additional payload capabilities: payload up
    to 700g (including battery), can freely install
    cameras and video recorder, and other general
    system.
  4. System Extensibility: can be used with GPS
    positioning system and navigation system on
    330X without any change
  5. Operation mode and flight characteristics with
    the same helicopter, but no complex transmission
  6. Collapsible body design, greatly reduce the damage rate,Which can be repaired
    easily without adjustment."

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Comment by Daniel Gru on June 6, 2010 at 11:20pm
Good to get going, but will be totally outdone by the Arducopter i hope..
;-)
Comment by Jack Crossfire on June 7, 2010 at 12:07am
Can't wait for the $10 orbital rockets. The big question is why China skipped the fixed wing autopilots & why anyone would bother with another multirotor autopilot when these things are going to be selling like Picco Z's.

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Comment by Alex on June 7, 2010 at 1:42am
System Extensibility: can be used with GPS
positioning system and navigation system on
330X without any change??

I dont realy get that, are they saying that it comes ready to fly as a UAV?

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 7, 2010 at 1:47am
I've got one and so far I'm quite impressed not very impressed. Mine now has 7 hours 25 flight time on it and I'm getting towards my cardinal rule point of 10 hours. I never fit a camera to an airframe until 10 hours.

Its certainly a sorted training machine for anyone wanting to get into quad flying. You need to remember the advice to turn down your throttle to 75% I see several people burning their escs out over on RCG. To be fair after some pretty aggressive flying, both load carrying and whizzing about.

Use it as suggested and so far it seems fine.

Bumble Bee Quad from Gary Mortimer on Vimeo.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 7, 2010 at 1:50am
Add one of these shortly to come to market mounts

Gaui 330X Quadcopter Aerial Video from PhotoShip One on Vimeo.


And Roberts your fathers brother.

Then in time, and Ardupilot or OpenPilot or even AttoPilot now...

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on June 7, 2010 at 2:33am
ArduCopter will beat this 100 to 1 after it's ready :P

Tho interesting machine.. Gaui quality is rather good, i have their EP180 3D mini heli and even tho it's only 250grams or so it's still full 3D heli and can do all the tricks that with bigger ones. Ok well it's only Gaui frame everything else if futaba, logitech and other stuff.
Comment by tycinis on June 7, 2010 at 4:37am

T3
Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on June 7, 2010 at 4:51am
"why anyone would bother with another multirotor autopilot when these things are going to be selling like Picco Z's. "
Because what is available at this price flies like Piccoz.
Second thing gaui looks like.. a stabilised quadcopter. Not an UAV.
it is like a RC helicopter with gyro on the tail - so what. Still primarily RC operated. Basically FPV thing when you add a camera, not UAV, no waypoints, no mission programming. Unmanned, but so is any RC model, also unmanned. Gaui as it is looks as unmanned, but not autonomous. Let's better draw a line or we will find the UAVs we are doing to be 0.1% in the stream of marketing noise.
I wonder what is the use of its GPS if "can be used with GPS positioning system and navigation system on
330X without any change"?

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 7, 2010 at 5:13am
Yes your bang on right Chris, its not a UAS. Its a long way from it. Its a bit of fun though.

If your a newcomer to RC flying and think that looks fun, don't consider this airframe until you can at least trim and fly an Easystar and by fly I mean decent approaches and landings, basic aeros.

Let the foam take the learning.

Then by all means carry on to this.

As for the GPS, well..... I wonder how good it will be. Just a GPS on its own won't be much cop. a magnetometer and IMU will be in that mix.

For a really really simple system I am wondering if a flymentor might add that there optical flow hover hold for not alot of money.
Comment by OpticalFlow on June 7, 2010 at 6:06pm
I guess this is for the ready-to-fly RC crowd. If you just want a stabilized multicopter and can do a bit of soldering you're probably better of with this http://www.kkmulticopter.com/ (that website just brings together some information that is spread over a rapidly growing rcgroups thread). You should get better ESCs and motors for the money - and you have the fun of building it.
I just ordered all the parts ... hope to be up and running by August. Once ardupilot or openpilot are ready I can upgrade.

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