New 3DR Products: Y6, X8, FPV kit, and APM 2.6

Announcing our new product listings for mid-summer 2013!


3D Robotics Y6 and X8 Multicopters - RTF and Kit

We released the Hexa-to-Y6 conversion kit a few weeks back, and now the complete Y6 DIY package and Ready-To-Fly  are available. A Y6 design is able to withstand a single motor out scenario, provides a more open and stable view for cameras, and doesn't weigh as much as a traditional Hex (because it uses less parts). It features folding arms to make ground transport a painless affair. This is our new go-to multicopter at 3DR: better performance than a quad at about the same size!


If six motors aren't enough for you, there is now the X8. With the same coaxial motor design as the Y6, but with four arms. This brute is amazingly compact, it's actually smaller than our quads in the front to back dimension, due to the wide angle of the arms. This is the platform to choose for flying your heavy camera and gimbal setups. The redundant nature of this vehicle is a valuable trait when carrying expensive gear or flying over difficult terrain. This vehicle can lose a motor and remain in a stable loiter with almost no disruption .  The 3DR X8 is available ready-to-fly only at this time.

APM 2.6 and 3DR uBlox GPS with Compass

APM 2.6 is the same APM 2.5 you know and love, but with one valuable change: this revision of the board has no onboard compass, which is designed for vehicles (especially multicopters and rovers) where the compass should be placed as far from power and motor sources as possible to avoid magnetic interference. (On fixed wing aircraft it's often easier to mount APM far enough away from the motors and ESCs to avoid magnetic interference, so this is not as critical, but APM 2.6 gives more flexibility in that positioning and is a good choice for them, too). This is designed to be used with the new 3DR uBlox GPS with Compass, so that the GPS/Compass unit can be mounted further from noise sources than APM itself.

Note: APM 2.6 requires an external compass for full autonomy. If you are using APM 2.6 with a GPS module that does not have a compass sensor, you must use a stand-alone external compass. We recommend this one with this cable.

New GPS shown as it comes, in a nice enclosure

The board, inside the enclosure

You can also use the new uBlox GPS with on board magnetometer (compass) with your existing APM 2.5, To modify your board, follow the directions here.


FPV Package

If you have been wanting to add first-person-view (FPV) capability to your vehicle, our new FPV package gives you everything you need in one kit (including batteries). All connectors have been built in the factory and designed to give you an easy plug-and-play experience -- no soldering required! On-screen-display is provided by our MinimOSD board for real time data telemetry. This is an important safety and convenience feature for anyone flying FPV.


All of these items are available for order immediately.

The FPV kit is ready for shipping today.

The Y6 DIY package and APM 2.6 will ship on July 15th.

Note: RTF Y6 and X8 units will follow the normal 1-2 week turnaround. You'll find those and more on our new RTF store here:



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Comment by LanMark on July 8, 2013 at 10:43am

very nice....

Comment by Joshua Ott on July 8, 2013 at 10:51am

Thanks Mark.

We are glad to have this stuff out!

Comment by Alexsey Novik on July 8, 2013 at 10:52am

any plans to release GPS case separately? 

Comment by Joshua Ott on July 8, 2013 at 10:56am


This case only works with the uBlox w/mag, as the two connectors (one for GPS and one for mag) are in a different position from the previous uBlox. We will be selling cases for the MediaTek GPS boards. What GPS are you using?

Comment by Dany Thivierge on July 8, 2013 at 11:05am

yeah more stuff to sell! :) 

The first batch of very limited 2.6+ that I had a couple weeks ago sold lightning fast.  Glad we can now order again! 

From my limited time with the units (got convinced to sell mine!! arghhh) the compass is way cleaner now. no more toilet bowl effect!  

Any chances you can ship the "distributors" order faster so we can try to have a worldwide unified shipping date of the first units?  (worth asking!) 


Comment by Euan Ramsay on July 8, 2013 at 11:12am

Sold out of the GPS already. Gotta be quick, apparently..;-)

And it only comes with a 15cm cable - surely you'd need at least 25cm if you're going to using something like a DJI GPS tower? Also - it doesn't appear to come with the case...

Comment by John C. on July 8, 2013 at 11:13am

Dany, we are working to improve the lead-time for distributors.  I know it is an issue.

I'll do everything I can to make sure you're stocked up ASAP.

Comment by LanMark on July 8, 2013 at 11:21am

That is something 3DR should have.. a GPS/Compass tower like DJI has... the new S800 has a nice folding mechanism for the GPS.

Comment by Joshua Ott on July 8, 2013 at 11:34am


This does come with the protective case, I've clarified that in the product description. We do have the GPS cable in 30cm lengths already, we would just need to source a 30cm version of the mag cable. I'll pass on the word that people are interested in this.

Comment by Alexsey Novik on July 8, 2013 at 11:39am

@Joshua, i have 3 "old" style UBLOX LEA-6H modules.

It would be nice to have a box for them, as long as they are pretty expensive to upgrade every year.


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