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 Gary Mortimer on May 12, 2012 at 9:54am

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.

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on May 12, 2012 at 9:57am

@Ellison I would say the exact opposite, the push will be for better reliability, less enregy density, more safety, much lower price, specialised pre-packed cells, cheaper to dispose off. Complete opposite to what UAV would need.

The platform shown has in fact little room for batteries, expect 30min endurances, overall very little volume for all that FPV gear - only basic stuff. We have seen larger fuselage solutions in the past from multiplex.

Comment by Ellison Chan on May 12, 2012 at 10:08am

Well, I think the push is to have batteries integrated into the body of vehicles.  Who knows, maybe the entire wing or fuselage will be a battery in a few years.  Crashes may be expensive in that case, unless battery tech gets cheaper. However, if the entire vehicle is the battery, then energy density doesn't need to increase that much.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 12, 2012 at 10:53am

Yes I don't see the nose coping with many arrivals, and no chance for a point and shoot but its interesting to see where the thinking is.

Comment by Robert Krogh (hooks) on May 12, 2012 at 11:01am

Gary! no problem. This is what it's all about.

Discussing the future.

How will things look in our RC fields in 5-10 years. No more remote manual flying? Will we all be using auto-piloted RC planes. A clever man told me, we are in the early 80' compared to the PC world. So what we are flying is a Commodore 64/128. I bed in 5-10 years we will all look back and remember the old APM systems with so little features. Which by the way is pretty high tech today.

Comment by Dave Wicks on May 12, 2012 at 1:55pm
Looks like I'll be waiting for this plane instead of buying a SpyHawk.

Comment by Robert Krogh (hooks) on May 12, 2012 at 2:05pm


Nobody really knows when this will be available. Some people from CN report late Juli.

Comment by Anish on May 12, 2012 at 4:07pm

have to admit i am curious to see if someone who gets thier had on it puts a blog of "tear down" :) curious to see how much of this "toy" is influenced by open source hardware....


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