IRIS unboxing (photos)


Disclaimers:  This is still called a DEV kit... things may change in real production version. 

Full disclaimer, I am the Canadian reseller of 3DR stuff, but people knowing me know that I keep it true and if there is something I don't like I will point it out! 

So my IRIS RTF arrived Guess what I did... yeah pictures time! 

First of all... the box is HUGE!! (30 X 21.5 X 7.5 inches...!) 


It has no issues with Fedex, I think because of it's size carrier will maybe handle it a bit better... hard to toss this one around... but could it has being smaller  a bit... let's open it up... 


Oh... shipping with props on... !!!  that is a first for me... was it really necessary guys? I mean installing props is something we do (or should do) everytime we go flying and for safety I am always saying to remove them when done flying/crashing  :) 

I think it's one critical step that I like to leave for the customer to do... 

There is space optimization too where 3DR could have fit this all in a smaller box (but not much, Radio is cleanly secured, IRIS arms are solidly held in place in the cardboard cutout and tape.

Let's see the parts we get! 


Wow a LiPo Bag! yeah! now we are just missing a small LiPo Alarm/bench tester to complete the kit (as the included charger has no voltage display... plugging in the LiPo to the IRIS and starting up Mission planner to check voltage is not intuitive...)

So here we go with the inventory (remember, DEV kit, subject to change, bla bla bla) 

1 X IRIS craft (yeah... will get back at this later but the first time you touch it to take it out of the box you feel how strong and rigid the arms and shell are... wow) 

1 X Radio FlySky FS-TH9x (basic, proven, comes with the FrSky 2.4GHz DJT module so reliable signal) - no battery included, need 8 X AA regular batteries or a power pack... 

1 X IMAX B3 charger... basic, simple, does the job, 1 LiPo at a time

1 X bag of cables (international plugs for charger

1 X very nice user manual! 

4 X spare props (10x4.5 APC composite) 

3 X LiPo (not sure this is standard, I think you only get 1 LiPo unless you order more... I feel special!) 

What is missing... Tool bag... USB cables... I think It is included, manual refers to an included Alen key and a supplied custom wrench for the prop nuts... Also there should be a Tablet/USB cable and a PC/USB cable (referenced in manual)

So I think that was all in one bag that is missing from my DEV early shipped box... not a big deal for me but not fun for someone new to the hobby.  (guys put a checklist in the box for the content, it helps a lot and customers like to review it too) 

Love the included pre-flight check list and the sticker for Radio switches flight modes (wish it was pre cut but again maybe an early version) 




Belly side up

(more pictures in next post, reached the max for now) 

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  • Distributor

    quick update, I had to rebind the radio and I was also told to upgrade to the latest Release candidate before flying... but now I seem to have windows drivers issues... will keep you posted.

    One other thing that 3DR confirmed (and i confirmed I can post the info) is this

    They have got a ton of feedback already, (I am late in getting mine, "real" dev guys have theirs for quite some time now trying to beat down the bugs or issues and find what to improve before it goes consumer ready. Koodo to 3DR for doing this ultimate round or not so in-house testing) 

    Thnigs that will be changed/enhanced:  new battery door, better placement/locking of the radio, new go pro mount, moved LED for visibility when on the ground... and more! 

  • Where are the ESC's can you take a picture?

  • +1 for orientation LEDs. Much easier to figure out what's going on up high. 

  • This thing could probably use two really bright colored LED's on the front feet for orientation too, just thinking out loud. (no ability to night fly, something along lines of simplicity of a hubsan x4 w/ even a minimal single LED)

  • excellent! holy cow this thing looks awesome, so I'm assuming the second antenna hole on the back right side could be used to let a Video transmitter antennae come out that side? Also, where do you think optimal mounting space for a video transmitter to sit w/out interfering w/ the pixhawk control signals?

  • Distributor

    Ok I just had a stupid moment... no I did not crash it yet... :) 

    Remember that 3rd LiPo I was mentioning... well it was not a LiPo box... it was the accessory box! 

    Contains this: (magic, it is all the "missing" things!) hehe 


    and here it is for the LiPo question, it's a standard 3S 3500mAh 30C (nice!) 


    Flight test delayed... I need to figure out what is "wrong" with the radio... seems the bind may not be done, or wrong radio / rx match sent... (most likely it's my fault again!) 

    Oh and BTW I could not get the "old" 3DR 915 radio to connect "off the shelf" to the air module in the IRIS... custom settings?, channels?, encryption?, new hardware not compatible? will dig more and report later, now I want to see this flying!

  • Awesome, can't wait to see it startup and fly. I'm happy the RTF included the TH9X, too bad it wasn't the 9XR ;)

    BTW what type of LiPo does it use?

  • Great snaps! Thanks Dany.

  • Distributor

    Nice surprise... the custom Open9X firmware on the TH9x radio!  (branded to 3DR and setup for IRIS / Pixhawk) 

    Things to do better here: rename the SW1 to SW6 for the actual flight mode name setup and printed on the sticker... of course many will change these default ones and may not know how to change the radio side... but would look cool... 


    Ok ok... now time to go fly this thing! 

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