Pixhawk-powered XPlus One VTOL goes big on Shark Tank

Congrats to the XCraft team, who after two successful Kickstarter projects (the PhoneDrone and the Pixhawk-powered VTOL XPlusOne), raised $1.5m at a $6m valuation from all five judges on Shark Tank

But why wait for that to come out? Thanks to Gary Mortimer, you can build your own now!

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Comment by Martin Mueller on October 25, 2015 at 12:39am

looks like a Quadshot

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Comment by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2015 at 8:27am

Quadshot is no more. They released a new VTOL aircraft, called Jumpship, and I'll just show you it without comment so you can decide if this is likely to be popular. You might even say that they "jumped" the "shark" ;-)

Comment by Andrew Murphy on October 25, 2015 at 9:36am

Crazy, is it supposed to use differential thrust for both pitch and yaw? Kind of feels like we're reliving the early aviation era of the 1900s except it's for UAS development. 

Comment by John Dennings on October 25, 2015 at 12:01pm

The PhoneDrone project is quite intriguing. *If* they can pull it off .... The idea is awesome,  but it seems to me there may  be some   serious obstacles to overcome.. That's ok, that's part of the game, but there may be also be some actual deal breakers, at least with the sort of  objectives they've been announcing, support for a wide range of phones, full autonomous flight, selfies, etc ...  

Starting with existing GPS and  other sensors quality on the phones, real time interfacing, and phone payload weight,... A 150g phone like an S5, for instance,  is not going to be lifted by  the frame/motor/prop combination they've been  showing so far. And all  that by summer 2016? I wish them luck though, even a toned down version of their project  would be amazing ...

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on October 26, 2015 at 1:02am

Andrew, that my thought exactly. With easy access to autopilots and stabilization in the DIY community, it seems every crazy idea from the golden age of airplanes is being re-invented. Some of them may make more sense now with the addition of electronics, but most where abandoned for a reason.

Comment by Ouroboros on October 26, 2015 at 1:02am

Wow, Jumpship needs it's own post. I-wing to reduce virtual cross sectional profile and moment arms in hover to reduce getting slapped around by the wind is an interesting trick, but how much weight distribution is there? Will there be some batteries going into the motor pods, or will they all be concentrated as a flat pack of batteries in the vertical spar? Is the faired lower body intended for bulbous forward camera turret payloads, and perhaps a smaller camera turret in the upper body for FPV?

Comment by Jonathan Hair on October 26, 2015 at 7:18am

To the hobbyist, there is little benefit to these hybrid quad/fixed wing machines. Cannot get pictures in loiter of the ground, and I suspect that the loiter performance (with the huge side profile) will be poor in the wind. The Firefly6, while more complicated, is superior in function.

This application is better suited for commercial applications where flight time and range are of greater concern.

Plus, this thing is expensive!!

Comment by RCvertt on October 26, 2015 at 9:22pm

Congrats to them. I have seen some recent power tech that may make these VTOL airplanes feasible. Exciting times!

Comment by Stephen Zidek on October 27, 2015 at 7:43am

It sounds like they have working tailsitter code for Pixhawk, which I am very interested in.  Gary's article said it was public.  Does anyone have the link?

Comment by Paul Meier on October 27, 2015 at 8:46am

I think the pixhawk people have also code for tailsitters



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