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 squilter on July 8, 2013 at 12:55pm

Regarding the fpv package:

Why would we use a seperate battery for the onboard tx?  Assuming we fly on a 3S, can't we just hook it up to the main battery?

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on July 8, 2013 at 12:59pm

Because the video camera and transmitter are analog devices, they are extremely sensitive to electrical noise.  It is much easier to use a separate battery to power these, rather than trying to clean up the noisy voltage coming from the main flight pack.

Comment by squilter on July 8, 2013 at 1:05pm

Is there any way to display the battery power of the fpv battery on the OSD?  That seems like it would be crucial information and the user guide doesn't seem to mention it.

Comment by Matt Mariani on July 8, 2013 at 1:12pm

Is the pricing correct? 389 includes frame, motor, esc AND apm?  so this y6 is 110 cheaper than the quad?

Comment by Joshua Ott on July 8, 2013 at 1:39pm


The motor to motor distance is 500mm. Clearance under the bottom plate is 135mm.

Frame with motors props and all electronics (no battery) is 1200g.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 8, 2013 at 1:49pm

Graham: Likewise, pls email and give them the details. This prices are generated by the USPS/FedEx APIs, not us. But we can debug why they're so high. 

Comment by Matt Mariani on July 8, 2013 at 1:52pm

Also, will you guys have a kit to convert a quad to an x8?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 8, 2013 at 1:52pm

Seb, you can but it's not recommended. It drains your flight batteries faster and can lead to a situation where you hit low battery cutoffs. But if you're willing to take that risk, yes you can use your flight battery.

Comment by John C. on July 8, 2013 at 1:55pm

@Matt - The $389 is for the Y6 DIY kit with electronics.  The comparable quad is $275.  The RTF quad starts at $599

Comment by Matt Mariani on July 8, 2013 at 1:56pm

@john- in the shopping  cart, the 389 price seems to include APM


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