Greetings friends! It’s been a few months since we introduced “Backcountry Drones” and the concept of the coaxial “Scout” backpack drone to you here on DIYdrones, and although it may have seemed we’d gone quiet…we’ve been busy. Very busy.

We’ve gotten some amazing input from many of you, feedback that we’ve taken to heart as we’ve worked to design a production-worthy vehicle. Next month we’re going to reveal the fruits of our efforts in a Kickstarter campaign. But before we do, we wanted to get some more input. 

We’ve watched with interest as other sUAV designs have met (or even smashed) their funding goals, only to have a slew of unpleasant issues emerge afterwards. We’d like to avoid as many of those as possible. Between the three of us, we’ve got more than 40 years of RC experience, and while we’re really confident in our design and we think you’re going to love it, we want to run some thing by you before we go “really” public.  Features of the new model include:

  • Stacked two-blade rotor system
  • 10cm diameter, 35cm length, about 2.5 lbs
  • Pixhawk control
  • Mobius HD standard, with interchangeable GoPro module
  • Optional FPV

A video highlighting two years of early proof-of-concepts is attached.  The production prototype is flying, and we'll be posting photos and video in the coming weeks leading up to the launch of the Kickstarter campaign.

We’ve read all of the comments for the X-plusOne, AirDog and the Zano. Those are some interesting designs with some really great features, and they've had some terrific backers and candid comments. We’re going to do our very best to under-promise and over-deliver when it comes to performance and delivery date. Our control board is well-proven (you’ll agree), and we’re only using aerial footage shot from our vehicle. Without post-processing to remove jello.

But what else? We’d love to get a discussion going here to try to cover as many things as we can before we finalize the details of our campaign. We've posted a video here with footage from our early development.  The new model is bigger, more versatile, and more're going to love it.  Thanks for your continued interest and input, and please be sure to visit our new website at!

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  • Moderator

    I simple want to try it...

  • I think this is an awesome concept of design vehicle.  What I would recommend is 4 or more wide angle cameras flushed to vertical fuselage looking out horizontally allowing for 360 (panoramic) filming both video and still frames. This could be the niche your mono-coaxial vehicle needs to make it sell in large quantities.  As it is right now, I don't see a need for it other than it being a conversation piece.  But with cameras, I would be more inclined to purchase it for filming. Just my 2 cents on this concept.

  • Unfortunately, to be a kickstarter success, I think you'll have to add 4 arms to it.  ;)  Well, I guess *adding* 4 arms to something didn't work as well for Xplusone.  So... just built another quadcopter.  The market can't seem to get enough of them. ;)

    But seriously, I think your design is really awesome.  I'll be watching with interest.

  • I would like to know what applications is this designed for? Would it be similar to the Airdog?

  • Developer

    Looks like a great start and a good way to start a kickstarter with an actual working solution beforehand.

    My suggestion would be to be very upfront about any limitations. Like flight times, weather and wind limitations etc. To many projects only show stuff flying under perfect conditions, and then leave it to the user to "discover" how it actually flies in real less then perfect conditions.

  • Just came back from a hiking trip and this is exactly what I was wishing had the whole time...and here it is!

  • I like it, I will have one.

  • Moderator


  • I like your design and dimensions. But is there any way how to make it more convertible for another platforms and cameras? For example I would like to buy the copter, but I want to use RaspberryPi with Navio and it's own camera

  • Very good. I want one.

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