3DR Hexacopter to Y6 conversion kits are now available for less than $50.
A Y6 design is able to withstand a single motor out scenario (see above), provides a more open and stable view for cameras, and doesn't weigh as much as a traditional Hex because it uses less parts. We've come a long way in the last couple of years...
Those of you who have been with us for a while will remember our original ArduCopter kits.
I bought one, as I know many of you did. Mine is now hanging on the wall; a reminder of something that fueled obsessions, and made me think of new possibilities in life. That spirit is in many of us here at 3D Robotics, and is clearly evident in this latest offering that we are able to provide our customers.
Joe, our primary flight-ops engineer in San Diego came to us one day with a Y6 that was converted from one of our existing Hexacopters. Within a few weeks the amazing design and production team at 3D Robotics had created an inexpensive, custom tailored kit to convert our existing Hexa into a Y6.
I've personally done the conversion, and it takes about an hour. It's very straightforward.
This is fantastic news, but it gets even better. Throughout our ongoing expansion we are highly focused on quality documentation and improving ease-of-use. In that vein, Alex--our new technical writer-- created an AWESOME set of instructions for the new Y6 conversion kit.
Not only do we have the kit, and instructions, but we also have a tuned parameter file to get you up and navigating smoothly to over 150 waypoints that APM supports out of the box.
This is a huge step forward for us as a company, and demonstrates our commitment to provide our customers with high-quality, easy-to-use universal autopilots and aircraft.
We hope all of you Hex fliers out there appreciate this kit as much as we do. All of our traditional hex aircraft have been or will shortly be converted to the Y6. It flies like a dream.
High-fives for Joe and Alex!