Fortis Airframes Titan Tricopter 15" front blades 10" tail blade

For this build I tried to fit together fun, fun and more fun! I decided on a Titan Tricopter frame for its incredible crash resistance. The arms fold and legs shoot off to absorb the energy from a crash. It reminds me of a Formula 1 car, the only thing left is the cage that protects the vital parts.

I'm more of a slow flyer and wanted longer flights, however I still wanted the responsiveness of a Tri. For this I decided to put on larger blades and lower KV motors on the front, and a normal size prop and motor on the back.

I just ordered a pixhawk to continue line of 3DR brains (PX4, APM). It fits nicely in the body of the frame with just some foam holding it in place.

2 x 15x5" CF blades

1 x 10x4.5" Plastic blade

3 x 20amp AFRO esc (1 esc for rear servo)

1 x 30amp AFRO esc

2 x 360kv pancake motors

1 x 750kv motor

2200mAH Lipo

Pixhawk with external GPS/Comp

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Comment by F. C. Bearsch on June 23, 2014 at 5:36pm

Thanks for the comment Artem, exactly what I was thinking, noticing the breakaway arms I thought having the arms be the batteries just made sense. 

Comment by Artem on June 23, 2014 at 5:44pm

that idea has one critical (at least for me) flow,  the batteries will be permanently there, so fly once and than charge for an hour  :) 

Comment by F. C. Bearsch on June 24, 2014 at 5:23am

I am thinking having several sets to swap

Comment by F. C. Bearsch on June 24, 2014 at 3:56pm

in theory if I swapped the setup, and went with a Y4 layout, with the big prop on the back coaxial rotor I would increase pitch and elevator responsiveness correct?

Comment by Artem on June 24, 2014 at 4:04pm

coax setups are on average 30% less efficient than regular, just keep that in mind. 

Comment by Daniel Lukonis on June 28, 2014 at 4:54pm

No server stripping so far. I'm trying out my Li-Ions tomorrow. I'll put up some pics.

Comment by Marius van Rijnsoever on July 7, 2014 at 2:55am
How did the batteries go?
Comment by Daniel Lukonis on July 7, 2014 at 6:16pm

Well the batteries did ok for 2 minutes...then my droid crashed on me and sent some erratic commands to the copter via mavlink :(  The end result was an awesome loop then full power smash dive to the ground upside down. Good news!!! its all back together, well sort of. Its much lighter, I just left off the broken parts HA! I'm taking it up tomorrow morning for a test flight.

Comment by F. C. Bearsch on July 8, 2014 at 7:53pm

Where did you get the li-ion batts?

Comment by Daniel Lukonis on July 8, 2014 at 8:42pm


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