Tuesday, August 20, 2013

3D Robotics Announces the 3DR Iris

Iris Quadcopter.jpg
As many of you readers will remember, I purchased and began flying my own personal UAV last fall.  I've had a great time flying… and occasionally crashing my hexacopter drone.  It's been a really fun experience and I am really glad I got involved although with my schedule I don't have as much time for it as I'd like.
Now the company that I bought my drone and parts from, 3D Robotics is announcing a more user friendly and less do it yourself type copter called the 3DR Iris.  The idea is to provide a copter that is easier to comprehend and easier to fly.  Geeky people like me love the DIY part of the drone, but for lots of people, they just want to fly… and this is aimed directly at them.

3DR Iris


The new Iris from 3D Robotics is a compact, ready-to-fly, fully autonomous aerial vehicle designed specifically for the consumer market. Iris provides point-and-click mission planning with 127 configurable waypoints that can guide it from take-off to landing, all from your mobile device or computer. Sporting a stylish and sleek body that resists crash damage, Iris is designed with a wide angle between the front arms to provide a clear view for its on-board camera -- an optional GoPro Hero 3 ® can be included with the package to capture your favorite moments from the most unique angles.

These pre-ordered Iris vehicles are intended for developers and experienced operators who wish to participate in the development of this exciting product. While these vehicles will arrive fully operational and ready to fly out of the box, users should be prepared for small firmware updates and other minor enhancements in the field. Users of this product will be invited to participate in a stand-alone discussion group regarding the product, and will receive high-touch advanced support through our community.



Iris includes an impressive list of features:

  • Multiple control options provide redundancy and flexibility: RC, computer, phone, tablet
  • Built-in data radio for real-time mission monitoring, data-logging, and control
  • Powerful cross-platform ground station/mission planning and analysis software that runs on Windows, OS X and Linux, providing simple point-and-click programming and configuration
  • Mobile apps allow intuitive “draw a path” mission-planning
  • Picatinny rail mounting system integrated in the arms provides painless mounting for future accessories (stay tuned!)
  • Camera options include a live video link with programmable on-screen-display, and will soon support a fully integrated stabilized camera gimbal with autopilot control
  • GoPro® compatible camera mount
  • Available with a 9-channel RC transmitter pre-programmed for the most popular flight modes.
  • Pre-programmed GPS waypoints allow for professional-grade mission capabilities, such as: mapping, scripted cinematography, scientific research, and other applications where repeatable flight plans are required
  • Robust arms and feet produced from Zytel Nylon® for the ultimate in wear, abrasion and impact resistance over a wide temperature range. They are easily and inexpensively replaced if required
  • Auto takeoff and landing along with Return-To-Launchpoint command at the press of a button or under programmable failsafe conditions
  • Follow Me function for the ultimate "selfies". In this mode, Iris will follow (at an adjustable distance) any ground station device equipped with a GPS antenna and one of our 3DR telemetry/control radios
  • Geo Fencing provides a virtual box to keep your drone within a user-selectable space
  • Failsafe programming options bring peace of mind in the event of lost control signal, GPS or low battery conditions
  • External micro-USB port
  • RGB LED for status and orientation
  • Buzzer for audible status and warning messages
  • Safety switch adds a second level of protection against inadvertent start-ups
  • Open source flight code, ground station software and electronics are all freely distributed under standard open source licenses. This means that Iris' capabilities are always improving and expanding with a simple firmware update!




  • Motor to motor dimension: 550mm
  • Height: 100mm
  • Weight (with battery): 1282 grams
  • Average flight time: 9-14 minutes
  • Standard battery: 11.1v 3.5Ah lithium polymer with XT-60 type connector, weight 262 grams
  • Propellers: (2) 10 x 4.7 normal-rotation, (2) 10 x 4.7 reverse-rotation
  • Motors: AC 2830, 850kv
  • Telemetry/Control radios available in 915mHz or 433mHz
  • Autopilot: Next generation 32-bit autopilot using a Cortex M4 processor
  • uBlox GPS with integrated magnetometer


Pre-orders for Iris will begin shipping September 16th. These pre-ordered vehicles are intended for developer level users who are familiar and comfortable with operating multi-rotor vehicles from 3D Robotics. A full consumer release of the product will follow shortly thereafter.

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