I just joined this forum with new id to share some info about this new drone project I started.
This drone named Mantis280 is a 280 size quadcopter with fold-able arm and modular battery.
Modular battery is specially designed to slide into the body by un-folding the arm and fitted to the main connector thus secure both the battery and rear arms.
This battery module will be manufactured by China based company and development is in progress.
Below video will help understand how this work.
This drone is quite small but have enough room to accommodate different FCs including huge Pixhawk.
Below picture shows all the components needed to build this drone and they all can be 3d printed!
I used one of high-end 3d printers for this but I am sure any low-cost 3d printer can print this.
Although it is not fully tested yet, I am sure this platform will be very helpful for some researchers and even some professionals with right controllers.
I am planning to raise funds to make full product by crowdfunding such as Kickstarter.
Exact launch date is not fixed yet though, if you like this project please follow us and help raise funds!