Monday, September 1, 2008

Draganflyer X6

Since it's Labor Day here in the U.S. and most of us are off work I thought I'd blog about something incredibly cool that you'd really have to want to spend the money on. Check out the Draganflyer X6. It's a 6 rotor RC helicopter that develops enough lift to carry many different payloads, most of which are for video inspection and surveillance.

Now before you get like me and start thinking of all the applications you can create to convince your wife it is a "must have", let me tell you that it's probably beyond the reasonably affordable range. The price is not available from the website and they do mention that grants are available from the Department of Homeland Security. Still, this is one really cool RC helicopter.

Just a couple of details from the website:

Lock the Draganflyer X6 helicopter in place with a flick of a switch. The GPS hold function frees you to do other things while your helicopter maintains its position in the air. With true hands free operation, aerial photography becomes as easy as point and click.

Use the ascend/descend toggle switch to move up and down within in a vertical column, pan and tilt the camera with the yaw and tilt controls, and press the shutter button on the handheld controller to snap your picture.

Increased Thrust

The Draganflyer X6 helicopter utilizes an innovative six-rotor co-axial design. The six rotors are arranged as three counter-rotating co-axial pairs mounted at the ends of the three arms, with matched sets of counter-rotating rotor blades. Differential thrust from these three equally spaced points make the Draganflyer X6 helicopter able to maneuver quickly and precisely. The co-axial layout doubles the thrust without increasing the size of the footprint, and naturally eliminates loss of efficiency due to torque compensation.

Wireless Video System

With wireless real-time video streaming from the Draganflyer X6 helicopter, filming and photographing has never been easier. Connect to the received video using video goggles or a recording device, both of which can plug into the output jacks on the bottom of the handheld controller. The video goggles allow you to view live video while still keeping an eye on the Draganflyer X6 helicopter. The same video can be simultaneously received and displayed using the video base station.

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