Yet another Kickstarter quadcopter drone project

This one is called, er, the "Bad Ass HoverWASP RC Quadcopter". It's created by a team who call themselves "Two Silicon Valley Engineers" but seem to actually live in Reno, Nevada ;-) They want $1050 for the GPS version (for hold and RTL only) of their quad, although it does come with a GoPro camera and some kind of RC gear (looks like the $59 Turnigy). Doesn't appear to be open source. At the moment, they have six backers.

From the listing:

Our prototype is a quadcopter that took over seven months to develop the proprietary algorithm for stability. This drone has four propellers that requires a special software code to maintain stability while flying. This is especially important if you do any videotaping to avoid a “jello” effect. 

We will have a "ready to fly" out of the box quadcopter. Most airplane and helicopter drones all require a technical assembly process that can be difficult and tedious such as programming your radio transmitter and your flight controller along with wiring and soldering. Our “ready to fly” out of the box drone is so simple that you can let your child fly it. 

We have partnered with a manufacturer to build all the parts to our quadcopter and we will assemble the final product in the United States. But to manufacture the parts and assemble it we need your help. The crowd funding from Kickstarter Backers will allow us to go from beta-prototype into final production. 

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Comment by Dany Thivierge on November 11, 2012 at 10:11pm


the frame is a clone of the ht-fpv... actually a china frame called Spacewalk 550-FPV

They sell to the public around $70 max....

the Radio is a cheapo turnigy 9x, even flashed it's still less than $100

looks like they used 920kv motors, Naza GPS... 

what ever they want to sell we do better here!  tuning wise it's not that hard, I wonder what kind of customer support they will have when people cant arm or calibrate their ESC... or when they put props reverse... 

There is a learning curve using ANY multirotor copter... the DIY approach is intimidating for sure but the kits sold around here and the friendly help we deliver makes it works. 

Anyhow, let's see if this one will get funded... if they do it I think I start my own kickstarter too! 



Comment by Jani Hirvinen on November 11, 2012 at 10:30pm

Yeah looks like just normal Spacewalk frame with gopro and naza on it. Good luck for those guys. It's a pitty that you need to be in USA or UK to get kickstarter running. 

Comment by Scott Berfield on November 11, 2012 at 10:42pm

Surprised Kickstarter would approve it. Pretty obvious ripoff. And good luck the first time someone lets a kid fly it per their writeup.

Comment by Crashpilot1000 on November 12, 2012 at 3:27am

You can get an ordinary setup sponsored ???

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 12, 2012 at 8:44am

Yeah, this is pretty sad.  Not what I thought kickstarter is for.  The "special algorithm to remove jello" is highly suspect. 

Comment by Jani Hirvinen on November 12, 2012 at 8:47am

But well you can always try :)

Comment by Peter Meister on November 12, 2012 at 10:25am

Kickstarter is starting to look like a place for people to get free money and produce stuff already on the market :) this one should not get kickstarter approval. I am starting to wonder if kickstarter is a place to get people to donate so you can walk away a little richer.....

Comment by Carl Campbell on November 12, 2012 at 11:40am

I just reported them

Comment by Yuan Gao on November 12, 2012 at 11:55am

I just saw a thread about the same project over at RC Groups:

one guy found a picture of it clearly showing it's a DJI NAZA controller

Also found a thread on the OpenPilot forums these guys are all over the place!

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 12, 2012 at 12:50pm

I watched the video, and I could swear I recognize the scenery.  I'm pretty sure that I've seen the neighborhood being flown in at the beginning, and what seems to be a golf course?  I've seen this before...  might be somebody from the Aerial Photography forum on HeliFreak?


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