Something is coming from DJI on the 12th, sUAS News will be at the launch party.The teaser video does not give much away.

More on the patent that popped up from a search here 

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Comment by F. C. Bearsch on November 6, 2014 at 10:29pm

hmm so it seem like that is a proof drawing for a patent, however it seem like a pushrod suspension and obvious so I wonder which part holds the innovation...


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Comment by Chris Anderson on November 6, 2014 at 11:22pm

First photos are in the wild:

Comment by Quadzimodo on November 7, 2014 at 12:27am
Tearig - I am not sure that the pushrod system integrates any form of suspension. It appears to simply be a mechanism to keep the motors pointing vertically regardless of whether the arms are in the raised or lowered position.
Comment by Giuseppe Persechino on November 7, 2014 at 2:40am
I believe that the system is only designed to have a minimal fixed landing gear.
In flight the payload is lowered to have no visual interference and probably also to stabilize the system.
On landing he gets up to do not touch the ground.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 7, 2014 at 4:18am

Ho ho thanks Mr Anderson, I might have found the right patent ;-)


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 7, 2014 at 5:24am

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 7, 2014 at 5:48am

Seems like a lot of effort, weight, and complexity to avoid making a simple dead-cat frame.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 7, 2014 at 7:24am

@ Rob a quad is only two sticks with four motors attached to them The looks probably have more of an effect on sales than the ability. 

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 7, 2014 at 8:49am

Gary, yes, exactly.  This must have come from the marketing department, not engineering.

I'm surprised they didn't just call it the Bird of Prey.  Does it have a cloaking device?

Comment by Tedro on November 7, 2014 at 9:51am
It looks cool but I hope those DJI engineers are improving on the reliability factor. I've had too many issues with various DJI components and the customer service I've experienced is very lack luster. "Buy our stuff, just don't ask us for help when it's defective."

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