Coaxial six and eight rotor ready to fly offerings from California based UAS start up 3DR are joined by a new GPS/Compass combo that can be mounted on a standoff from frames to reduce magnetic interference.
The Y6 did very well at the recent Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition.
First, co-located motors preserve thrust symmetry in a single motor out scenario. The Y6 keeps flying if an ESC or motor fails mid-air.
Second, there are only three arms on the Y6. This translates into being able to carry a greater payload, having to maintain fewer components, as well as providing superior performance in higher wind conditions.
Third, the wide front arm offset is perfect for keeping a clear forward view when a camera is attached to the Y6.
Finally, the front arms on the Y6 are capable of folding towards the back arm which offers an incredibly compact package for traveling and storage.
It comes frame fully assembled* and ready to use, with several options available to customize, such as telemetry and sonar additions.
*some assembly required (props and landing gear.)
APM Platform Feature, software roadmap
6 Degree of Freedom IMU stabilized control
Gyro stabilized flight mode enabling acrobatics (loops and barrel rolls)
Magnetometer for heading determination
Barometer for altitude hold
IR sensor integration for obstacle avoidance
Sonar sensor for terrain following (Sold separately)
Automated waypoint navigation
Motor control using low cost standard PWM Electronics Speed Controllers (ESC’s)
On board flight telemetery data storage
Mounted camera stabilization capability
Wireless command & telemetry for long distance communication (sold separately)
Battery level detection
Capability to use any R/C receiver
APM Configuration and Ground Control Software
Realtime graphs of flight data
GUI for configuration of PID and other flight parameters
On Screen Display (OSD) integration,
Waypoint programming using Google Maps,
New GPS module with compass
This new design incorporates the HMC5883L digital compass, providing a convenient method of mounting the compass away from sources of interference that may be present in the confines of the vehicle. This is our best GPS module, significantly outperforming the Mediatek GPS due to the larger antenna and next-gen chipset. An excellent solution for multicopters and rovers in particular, where GPS accuracy is paramount. It features active circuitry for the ceramic patch antenna, rechargeable backup battery for warm starts, and I2C EEPROM for configuration storage. The units ship pre-configured for use with 3DR APM 2.6 autopilot
More information here http://rtf.3drobotics.com/