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 Stephen Zidek on October 27, 2015 at 10:47am

Thanks for the link Paul.  I've seen that one though, and am worried it's too limited.  Really want to see what the X Plusone guys cooked up.

Comment by Joe Bloeski on October 27, 2015 at 11:43am

I know the Shark Tank people probably aren't too up on the drone market but I was shocked that they all jumped in, when there are soooooo many drone companies and 90% of them are going to have to fail to make the remaining 10% profitable.  Xplus One seems like a reasonable design but I don't see it as revolutionary or significantly better than their competitors that have been in the market much longer.  The valuation they got considering all they have done is run a Kickstarter and I don't think delivered anything yet seems highly suspect.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 27, 2015 at 11:44am

I suspect they modified this https://github.com/menno-h/ardupilot, I see the VertiKUL chaps have moved onto a new design. One that makes more sense on a windy day. http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/vertikul-2-our-second-generatio... they are members here BTW

The new idea is flipping obvious actually........ Like most good ideas simple.

I liked the VertiKUL so much I have abandoned what I started doing and am going to make one of those! It just makes soooo much sense. Not the best of either world but neither are tail sitters.

Comment by Ouroboros on December 16, 2015 at 12:54am

For some reason google coughed up a hidden unlisted youtube video of a Jumpship test flight in july

JumpShip test flight July 2015

I don't think that tilt state is due to weight inbalance of the larger lower pod, but fighting off a headwind?


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