Arducopter Hexa 3DR Frame Now on Pre-Order!

 

The rugged Arducopter 3DR frame is now available in a Hexa version capable of supporting larger payloads and longer flight times. With the stock 850kV (purple) motors, a basic Hexa with ESCs, APM, GPS and an RC Receiver weighs in at 1356.3g and can lift more than its own weight.

 

This version supports a fancy new feature allowing easy access to the power distribution board. The entire stackup can be removed with thumb nuts to allow access to the central area between the base plates.

 

 

 

Lifting tests were performed with the following results:

 

Frame Weight: 1356.3g

Battery Weight (4S 5000mAh): 534.0g

Misc. Payload: 533.7g

All-Up Weight: 2424g

Flight Time in Hover: 12:10

Over 24 minutes endurance is possible in this configuration! (Using Misc Payload for a second battery)

 

Frame Weight: 1356.3g

Battery Weight (4S 5000mAh): 534.0g

Misc. Payload: 843.7g

All-Up Weight: 2734g

Flight Time in Hover: 10:00

 

Maximum Take-Off Weight Test Performed at 3190g

 

Tests with the larger motors are awaiting arrival of stock, expected around the end of February. You can order your kit with either motor set but the 880kV versions won't ship until February 29th. 850kV orders and orders without motors will ship next Friday, February 24th.

 

NEW TEST with the 880kV motors: (hovering in gusty winds)

Frame Weight: 1508g

Battery (4S 5000 mAh): 531.2g

Payload: 986.3g

Flight time: 10:17

All-Up Weight: 3025g

 -- only about 140g extra payload for the same duration flight but conditions were considerably more turbulent for the 880kV test flight

Frame Kit: $199.99

Frame + Motors: $419.99

Frame + Motors + Electronics: $649.99

 

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Comment by JP on February 20, 2012 at 1:05pm

awesome! that thing is a beast. :D can't wait to pre-order. thanks

Comment by Anish on February 20, 2012 at 1:46pm
@jeff btw discription of hexa frame looks like it still has some remnants of old quad frame description :(

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Comment by UnmannedTechShop.co.uk on February 20, 2012 at 2:28pm

Looks cool!

Just to let everyone know we will also be stocking these Hexa frames in our UK based store

Comment by Anish on February 20, 2012 at 2:33pm
@unmannedtech any idea of dates :)

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Comment by UnmannedTechShop.co.uk on February 20, 2012 at 2:36pm

@Anish, frames/ with 850Kv motors only are expected later next week, full kits are only expected in a couple weeks.

Comment by Jeff Taylor on February 20, 2012 at 2:37pm

Thanks Anish, got rid of the old references!

Comment by Anish on February 20, 2012 at 2:44pm
@jeff :)
Comment by Cliff-E on February 20, 2012 at 3:56pm

850Kv motors? One is somewhat limited to 10" props. I've tried 12" props on the purples on a quad and they barely keep up...

Frame looks really nice! Good job guys.


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Comment by Dany Thivierge on February 20, 2012 at 3:57pm

Canadian store will also carry these along with the original Hexa. 

Comment by Jeff Taylor on February 20, 2012 at 3:58pm

@Cliff, I agree. We offer also the 11" APC props but I've only tried those on the 880kV motors which will be in stock early next week.

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