As some of you may have noticed at the recent SUSB Expo in San Francisco, we’ve been busy working on a brand-new, consumer-friendly quadcopter.  The day has finally come to officially take off the wraps and show it to you all.  Here it is: Iris.


3DR Iris provides the autonomous functionality you’ve come to know and love in APM:Copter with a next generation PX4-based 32-bit autopilot (UPDATE: this has now been announced, and is called Pixhawk) and an all-in-one housing.

Building on the existing 3DR family of multi-rotor vehicles, Iris is compact, ready-to-fly, and fully autonomous. Navigate from takeoff to landing with point-and-click mission planning and configurable GPS waypoints, all from your mobile device or computer. Iris supports the full set of features offered by APM:Copter, including loiter, altitude hold, return to launch, circle, follow me, acrobatic flying mode, and more. With a stylish, durable, and sleek body, Iris is designed with a wide angle between the front arms to provide a clear view for an on-board camera--add a GoPro Hero 3(R) to capture your favorite moments from a unique perspective.


  • Multiple control options provide redundancy and flexibility: RC, computer, phone, tablet

  • Built-in data radio for real-time mission monitoring, data-logging, and control

  • Powerful cross-platform ground station/mission planning and analysis software that runs on Windows, OS X and Linux, providing simple point-and-click programming and configuration

  • Mobile apps allow intuitive “draw a path” mission planning

  • Picatinny rail mounting system integrated in the arms provides painless mounting for future accessories (stay tuned!)

  • Camera options include a live video link with programmable on-screen-display, and will soon support a fully integrated stabilized camera gimbal with autopilot control

  • GoPro(R) compatible camera mount

  • Available with a 9-channel RC transmitter pre-programmed for the most popular flight modes.

  • GPS waypoints allow for professional-grade mission capabilities, such as: mapping, scripted cinematography, scientific research, and other applications where repeatable flight plans are required

  • Robust arms and feet produced from Zytel Nylon(R) for the ultimate in wear, abrasion and impact resistance over a wide temperature range. They are easily and inexpensively replaced if required.

  • Auto takeoff and landing along with Return-To-Launchpoint command at the press of a button or under programmable failsafe conditions

  • Follow Me function for the ultimate "selfies". In this mode, Iris will follow (at an adjustable distance) any ground station device equipped with a GPS antenna and one of our 3DR telemetry/control radios

  • Geo Fencing provides a virtual box to keep your drone within a user-selectable space

  • Failsafe programming options bring peace of mind in the event of lost control signal/GPS or low battery conditions

  • External micro-USB port

  • RGB LED for status and orientation
  • Buzzer for audible status and warning messages

  • Safety switch adds a second level of protection against inadvertent start-ups

  • Open source flight code, ground station software and electronics are all freely distributed under standard open source licenses. This means that Iris' capabilities are always improving and expanding with a simple firmware update!


  • Motor to motor dimension: 550 mm

  • Height: 100 mm

  • Weight (with battery): 1282 grams

  • Average flight time: 9-14 minutes

  • Standard battery: 11.1v 3.5Ah lithium polymer with XT-60 type connector, weight 262 grams

  • Propellers: (2) 10 x 4.7 normal-rotation, (2) 10 x 4.7 reverse-rotation

  • Motors: AC 2830, 850kv

  • Telemetry/Control radios available in 915mHz or 433mHz

  • PX4-based 32-bit autopilot with Cortex M4 processor

  • 3DR uBlox GPS with integrated magnetometer

Iris is currently available in a developer release for experienced operators to participate in the ongoing development of this exciting new product. Iris developer pre-orders are available now from store.3drobotics.com and will ship September 16th. Operators not interested in development are encouraged to wait for the consumer release of Iris coming soon!

Official press release can be found here.

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  • Andy: you should not really be surprised or concerned that new hardware comes out periodically (yearly?)  This is the exact same thing as happens with PC's.  It's just a natural thing.  If 3DR ever stopped designing new hardware, that would mean that evolution has stopped, which is not a good thing.

  • Hello.

    Where can I get the overall dimension and weight of the IRIS?

  • Hi Lorenz,

    How different will the new PX4 be from the one I just received?



  • Thank you now   Tom 

  • Developer

    Hi Tom,

    The default high-level flight control average users will install on the system will be APM:Copter, consequently the behavior, handling and interface will be similar, and the flight performance will at least be equal and mid-term better (due to newer sensors and more processing power).

    On the technical side it does not run the same software, but the PX4 System and on top of it ArduCopter. As an ArduCopter user just looking for a hardware upgrade this should not concern you. If you're however interested in additional options, you can now choose between ArduCopter and the PX4 flight control software. At this point we haven't released a version for end users yet, and so currently this option is probably mostly relevant for researchers and hackers interested to contribute.


  • This may all ready been ask but does it run the same soft ware as the 2.6 APM or is it all new stuff 

  • Ben, this was the comment:

    Comment by Lorenz Meier on Tuesday

    Todd, expect something slightly better than on the current PX4 FMU, which has a Cortex M4 core with floating point support, 168 MHz, 192 KB RAM and 1 MB flash.

  • Thought I was getting the latest version and now there is a PX4 V2


    Where do you see PX4 V2? Can you share the link please?

  • hey chris

    does it possible to know the price for this new board?

    i hope it s not the same price as dji naza lite..(i hope less than 160usd)

  • Just got my "new" PX4 yesterday. Did I make a mistake getting it now? Thought I was getting the latest version and now there is a PX4 V2.....doh!

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