Here's a shot of the Iris production line, with some of the first batch of Developer Editions getting ready to go out last week. The first shipments started on Friday. They come in a cool box -- here's mine, which just arrived!

The Iris Developer Edition is for users who want the first hands-on experience with our next-gen autopilot, Pixhawk, and the suite of upgraded technologies, from software to radios, that are at the core of Iris. As part of this Developer program, these brave early users have access to a special support and feedback list, where they will be working directly with the engineers and software developers to ensure that the ultimate consumer experience is as good as possible. They'll also get a discount on the Iris Consumer Edition, which should be out before Thanksgiving (mid-Nov).

As these first Iris Developer units reach customers, we'll start revealing more of what's inside them and the full suite of technologies, from cross-platform ground stations and mobile apps to autopilot controlled camera gimbals, that are coming as part of the new Iris/Pixhawk platform.  This reflects more than a year of development and is designed to combine fly-out-of-the-box ease of use with the power of real UAV autonomy, allowing a totally new experience in aircraft control.

Thanks in advance to the Developer Edition users, whose input will be invaluable in polishing off any rough edges and otherwise ensuring that the Iris Consumer Edition will arrive ready for everyone, expert or not. 

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Comment by Joshua Johnson on September 23, 2013 at 12:11am

Darnit I should of signed up to get one!!  I could do some fun and amazing things at school with Iris using the CAD Tech we have! :)

Comment by David spencer on September 23, 2013 at 2:36pm
Will there be a gopro brushless gimbal?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 23, 2013 at 2:54pm

David: Yes, with the Consumer Edition, around Thanksgiving.

Comment by Ben Hayat on September 24, 2013 at 1:07pm

@Chris A.

Could you please explain why FlySky radio was chosen as the default Radio? I'm not knocking it down, but just for my education.
Is this a good radio that can support the features that Iris has (and will have in the future)? Or was it simply selected to keep the total cost down and have a basic radio?

Another words, is this a good radio or should we invest in a better radio to start with?



Comment by Lorenz Meier on September 24, 2013 at 2:10pm

Hi Ben,

Many, if not most, developers of APM and PX4 fly FrSky ACCST setups (at least as one of their radio setups, some exclusively and with large copters / planes). Despite their very affordable price they have been quite reliable in terms of operation and range for us. The FlySky TX 'case' is also durable and well made, and frankly I prefer the look and feel of it over my Futaba T7C. I'm not too fond of the original FlySky radio solution, but what you actually get from 3DR is this:

  • Flysky TX case
  • Flashed with er9x open source firmware (
  • FrSky ACCST transmitter module (TX + sender give you 9 channels)
  • FrSky ACCST D4R-II PPM sum signal receiver

You can find the details of the setup here:

It is in many ways very similar to the now available FrSky Taranis setup.

Comment by Ben Hayat on September 24, 2013 at 3:00pm

Hi Lorenz;

Thank you very much for the valuable info. Just saved me about $400 :-)

Comment by UAS_Pilot on September 25, 2013 at 1:16pm

What is going to be the Mac APM:Planner release date? I am looking forward to trying it out.


Comment by luis gonzalez on September 25, 2013 at 9:07pm

any plans on making kits like the DJI DSLRpros ?here:

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on September 26, 2013 at 9:19am

Luis, if somebody wants a kit like that put together, I can do it. :)

Comment by Bob Hodge on September 26, 2013 at 6:31pm

Hope there will be a hard case for travel with the Iris.


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