We received one of a few Sky Observer samples ZETA Science had available for testing a couple of weeks ago for evaluation before they go into production, assembled it and took it for a test flight.
The RTF model is very near completion with all electronics and cabling cleanly and accurately pre-installed. Apart from installing your own gear (cameras, receiver, LiPos, autopilot, etc.) only a few simple assembly steps need to be performed which include: freeing the pod door for access to the payload area, gluing the rudder/elevator in place, gluing the wing central wing joiner down.
Overall this looks like a very very well thought out and product with a high quality finish and has loads of room in the pod for all your UAV gear.
Material: EPO foam
Length: 78.71in (2000)mm
Flight weight (AUW): 2500-3000g
Radio: 2.4G 7ch TX /7ch RX
Battery: Li-Po/ 3S 11.1V/5200-10000mAh/20C
Balance Charger: 2-4S
Propeller: 12*6 prop
Motor: Out-runner brushless 4250 KV950
ESC: Brushless 60A ESC
Servos: (4pcs 9g + 4pcs 12g metal)
- 12g Analog metal servo*2pcs (Aileron)
- 12g Analog metal servo*1pcs (Elevator)
- 9g Analog servo*1pcs (Pod’s door)
- 9g Analog servo*1pcs (Rudder)
- 9g Analog servo*2pcs (Flap)
- 12g Digital metal servo*1pcs (Vertical landing/forced landing)
Here's a video of our first (manual only) flights on a cold foggy day. We'll follow up with some autonomous flights once we get a Pixhawk in there and hopefully with some better weather.
Some of the issues uncovered during the build and test flights have gone back to the manufacturer and will be corrected.