Will we see the first "toy" spy plane with autopilot this summer?

Looks interesting, maybe the first "toy" rtf UAVUAS/RPAS/DRONE from china with real autopilot.

I was told this will be ready this summer.

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Comment by AKRCGUY on May 12, 2012 at 7:49am
Estimated price?
Comment by Nick on May 12, 2012 at 7:55am

Looks pretty neat, I bet its not going to be cheap.

Comment by Ellison Chan on May 12, 2012 at 8:00am

The elevon control rods are long, and those rod supports look like their going to be flimsy.  Maybe they should have move the servos back to the tail.  Interesting camera mount, but looks like something custom made for an expensive camera that they are selling.

When I saw the picture I thought it was going to be a little hand-size plane with everything included.  That would have been nice.


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Comment by Chris Anderson on May 12, 2012 at 8:29am

Given that the FPV version with the same transmitter/video screen is just $370, I predict that the autopilot version will be around $500.

Comment by Ellison Chan on May 12, 2012 at 8:37am

One nice thing is that they've integrated the video receiver and an LCD monitor into the transmitter.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 12, 2012 at 8:50am

Anybody care to predict what this space will look like in five years time??

That looks like a flipping neat setup to me, love the easy to replace expose servos. This is only version one imagine what version 10 will be like.

Comment by Ellison Chan on May 12, 2012 at 9:06am

Gary, my prediction is that in we'll have small palm-sized planes and quads, all integrated with video downlink, and autopilots.  As with all things technology, downsizing is the trend.  That Ladybird, which Chris posted about last week, is a good start.  All it needs is an integrated camera system, and a controller like these planes have.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 12, 2012 at 9:08am

Interesting, how will they get useful endurance?

Comment by Ellison Chan on May 12, 2012 at 9:15am

You did say, "in five years".  With all this push for electric cars, people are busily working away at better higher endurance batteries.  I'd say in five years, we're going to have batteries that are higher energy density that LiPo.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 12, 2012 at 9:52am

Fair enough, I forsee methods for gathering photos taking at random during long flights and putting together meaningful maps. I also see me still hi jacking threads, sorry Hooks.

Back to that platform, for V1 its pretty exciting.

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