Rotor Concept HPQ-1 quadcopter review at Engadget

Hands-on video over at engadget about this hardware from Rotor Concepts.  Interestingly they cite a max. altitude of 2000 feet...where are they getting their permits??? {-Just a thought}  I'd love to see a hardware breakdown on this.

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Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on October 27, 2011 at 10:01am
Well spotted Scott.

Im not convinced by this one.... It looks both pricey ($899 dollar list) and fairly toyish.

Hopefully im wrong... The baro *looks* like the same one used on the MK so thats a good sign as its pretty accurate...
Comment by basshead on October 27, 2011 at 2:10pm

What do you mean 2000 feet? I have hit 1500 easily with my Y6, I have no doubt I could go higher but even at 1500 it became really difficult to see, and I dont trust the gps yet.

Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on October 27, 2011 at 2:12pm

Scott is refering to law not physical capability....

Comment by Sgt Ric on October 27, 2011 at 2:15pm
@Basshead... Don't let the FAA hear you say 1500'.
Comment by oejang aja on October 27, 2011 at 3:37pm

This is just marketing language. And i think the reporter doesnt really know what stable mean. He should watch tri and quad video such as rcexplorer, and MK aerial footage. 

Comment by Cliff-E on October 27, 2011 at 4:34pm

I have to admit, I saw the ID-1 SWAT at NAB and was not impressed, pretty much a toy such that the position hold was due to the environment and counter rotating props and manually control (same pilot, he's the owner I think and a decent pilot mind that).The NTSC camera was nice, but you can easily tell it was something of HK quality (likely made in the area). It was selling well at NAB though.


The HPQ-1 could be using knock off Mikrokopter parts (which is causing a stink with Holger and folks--hence why they are close sourcing a lot of their new stuff), and the HPQ-2 looks like it's at least the XAircraft 650 frame.


Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on October 27, 2011 at 8:44pm

It's a standard component available from numerouscvendors. I dont think MK have the IP on the component!
Comment by basshead on October 27, 2011 at 8:48pm

Just watched the video, it looks kinda garbage to me. Our quads are much more stable IMO.

Comment by Scott Plunkett on October 28, 2011 at 7:53am

I'd have to agree with most here.  I think the DIYDrones product is more capable, PLUS you have this awesome community constantly upgrading the software for you!!  I did some research on the company / products and have to say (personal opinion) - not impressed.

Comment by Scott Sturdivent on March 31, 2012 at 8:53pm
Hey I know this is kinda an old post but i dont really know what to think of this quadrocopter but its being offered at a show for $350, its the hpq-1 is it worth picking one up for that price or just pass on it? Comes with everything but a camer but it has a metal case included. Any thoughts hopefully soon if you could.


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