Last Updated on January 13, 2019
- A full range of autonomous flight modes, including waypoint navigation, loiter, circle, and return to launch
- Free mission-planning software enables virtually unlimited waypoints for reliable, repeatable missions, and flight data analysis
- Geofencing and robust failsafes ensure the safest operation
- Longer landing gear for additional ground clearance with camera gimbals
- A 12V regulator to run FPV and gimbals
3D Robotics RTF Y6 Multicopter
With the 3D Robotics RTF Y6 Multicopter, you get good stability even in windy conditions. This is made possible thanks to a design consisting of 6 motors and three-armed “Y” formation design.
Not only is this good in windy weather, but it’s also an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can fly over 55 mph and take some really good footage.
Looking at the design alone, the 3D Robotics RTF Y6 doesn’t look like your regular aerial photographic drone. Rather, it kind of resembles a robotic wasp.
The machine is capable of lifting thanks to the six motors and props – which are 3 over 3 inverted props. Not only is it capable of lifting, but it can provide stability and acceleration while in the air.
That said, this device is quite capable of carrying a GoPro, gimbal and large battery packs for longer flights and at greater speeds compared to smaller quadcopters.
You can choose from various telemetry frequencies, radio control systems and 2-axis stabilized gimbal for GoPro, OSD/FPV system monitor, extra batteries and replacement parts depending on the configuration you choose when you put an order for this item. In addition, you can also select custom molded hard GoProfessional case which can be folded up and put inside a compact space – which isn’t possible with most hex copter configurations.
When it comes to transporting or storing the 3DR Y6, the two forward arms can be easily folded back by taking out the two screws with thumb-nuts then collapsing the craft towards the rudder arm.
Keep in mind though that you have to take good care not to put any sort of pressure on the gimbal – if you have one – because the legs cannot support the weight in this case.
A Pixhawk autopilot system that comes with GPS navigation is what comes with the 3DR Y6. With this, you can have performance, flexibility and autonomous flight missions that are reliable. You can also use the Flight Planner software or the Droid Planner app on an Anroid tablet in order to set waypoints or make a survey of an area outlined on a map.
A unit that comes with a built-in FPV camera mounted on the front of the frame gives you a real view of what your craft is up to.
One of the nice features of this device is the Safety Switch. This feature arms the motor controls, meaning you need to arm the device before it can take off. Having this feature is very useful as it eliminates runaways, as well as false take-offs. Plus, it makes it safer to approach the machine without having to end up with an injury due to the spinning props.
The craft provides a lot of flight modes and with the help of Pixhawk, the device can have full autonomous control with a flight planner that is downloaded to it from a PC or Android device.
The 3DR RTF Y6 is a great companion for your shooting needs, but it’s not really an answer to everything. Maybe with a few enhancements, it can be your choice of craft for GoPro and any other small POV cams.
The 3DR Y6 RTF comes with the following specs:
- Pixhawk Autopilot System
- 3DR Power Module with XT60 connector
- 3DR u-blox GPS with magnetometer
- 850 kv brushless motors
- 20 Amp ESCs with SimonK firmware
- 10x4.7 slow-fly APC propellers
- 4S 6000 mAh battery pack, charger and bag
- 4.2 lbs vehicle weight with battery
- 20 in x 14 in x 8 in box dimensions
- 12.5 lbs shipping weight
- 12-15 minutes average flight time
- 600g payload capacity
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