Looking for feedback from the community. We currently build unmanned vehicle for military and commercial applications in the USA. Our current commercial units are obviously very similar to the consumer drones.

What if any features are community members looking for in a RTF consumer drone?

We currently develop our systems under IRAD funds so this is not a Kickstarter type program.


Multi-Rotor: Longer Endurance, Installed Video Links, Foldable, More payload capability, Ethernet based? Most of these examples are givens.

Fixed Wing: Larger payload capability, longer endurance, etc? We're getting ready to release a fixed wing system with up to 3lbs. of belly and nose mount payload capability.

Maybe the answer is the market is already flooded and there isn't a need.

Any feedback would be appreciated


Bill D.

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Comment by Brett Horton on December 29, 2014 at 2:06pm

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Comment by HyperGuy on December 29, 2014 at 3:36pm

Man that's a tough question. Seems like the market flooded with new ideas fairly quickly with all types of things. 3DR approach lends itself to the armature builder but now offers complete units for mapping/survey/photography. DJI is pretty much a photography platform. As for features 3DR customers seem to do their own thing experimenting with what's possible so the features you suggested can be done by DIY guys. If you're a hardware company, I'd suggest manufacturing items that are modular that can easily be incorporated into any platform. Anything to do with wireless communication via radio or GSM that could talk to servers and is easy to setup. I know there is stuff out there but look at the "gaps" in the market. Good luck and look forward to see what you have to offer.

Comment by Felipe Rabat on December 29, 2014 at 4:11pm

my advice?  Do what apple did to the smartphone.  Dont reinvent the wheel; just make it easy to use.  Most people using drones today are tecjie types.  Make a drone truly idiot proof (yes, it may mean less bells and whistles, but make it so that my mom could use it) and your customer base has just trippled in size...Of cpurse, that is easier said than done, but that is my way of thonking...

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on December 29, 2014 at 5:11pm


Your Fixed Wing description sounds very much like the Anaconda sold by RMRC.

I am presently in the process of building one and it can accommodate either belly or nose mounts and can stay in the air over an hour at speeds up to 30mph.

The kit price is $200 USD sans motor, servos, and electronics. The RTF is around $400USD and requires a radio and batteries.



Comment by Johnatan on December 29, 2014 at 6:28pm

Fixed wing: Removable wings, though EPP foam body, Low speed capable

Comment by Jack Crossfire on December 29, 2014 at 8:41pm

2 hours flight time.  Ability to fly 5ft in front of you & track your movement.  Small enough to fit in a backpack.

Comment by Andrew Murphy on December 29, 2014 at 10:05pm

Look into adding an onboard gas generator to a multi rotor UAS. We are not going to have the type of endurance available that fixed wing aircraft inherently have as an advantage. With a gas generator charging the battery even with the huge weight penalty your flight time will increase significantly. Maybe see if these guys based in baltimore could look into it. 


Comment by Kristoffer de Jesus on December 29, 2014 at 10:14pm
Features of DJI and Pixhawk combined for a price of a Phantom.
Comment by johnkowalsky on December 29, 2014 at 11:34pm

Long endurance VTOL capable tailsitter.

Comment by technicus acityone on December 30, 2014 at 1:35am

<50g  nano frame
10-15 min flight endurance
60fps HD FPV cam mjpg flow 5.8GHz TX
CV guidance + obstacle detection
opt. payload nightvision 0.01Lx cam or wide IR cam or FullHD recording cam
or lidar or lidar tag
Android based 2.4-5.8GHz  dual control GCS, encripted control and video channel  
opt. DGPS(RTK) , lidar, smart mount 2.4/5.8 relay w 25 dbm antenn
goal - mapping, smart sensoring, filming, enternainment, etc.
for operation in stright vision


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