The ELEV-8 quadcopter is a flying robotic platform propelled by four fixed rotors. Unlike standard helicopters, a quadcopter uses fixed-pitch blades, whose rotor pitch does not vary as the blades rotate: control of vehicle motion is achieved by varying the relative speed of each rotor to change the thrust and torque produced by each.
ELEV-8 uses a HoverFly electronic control board with a Propeller multicore microprocessor to provide stable flight. This system yields a stable platform with no mechanical linkages for a small maneuverable and agile aircraft.
The kit includes all necessary parts apart from R/C radio equipment & a battery. A six channel R/C system is recommended.
The ELEV-8 platform is large enough for outdoor flight and has plenty of room for payload and attachments.
ELEV-8 Quadcopter Version 2
- Open under body for camera mounting
- Easily customised
- Protected electronics
- Modular frame for fast repair
- Protective motor mounts
- Can fly with added payloads up to 1 lb (450 g) in weight
- HoverflyOPEN Flight Controller with Invensense ITG-3200 gyroscopic sensor, powered by a Parallax Propeller 1 - microcontroller
- Open Source: design files available online
This kit is NOT for beginners, it takes a moderate amount of mechanical skill, for building and flying. The ELEV-8 quadcopter kit requires an average of 8 hours to assemble. R/C experience is highly recommended. A radio control transmitter, receiver, lithium-polymer battery and charger are required for flight and are NOT included in the Kit.
The Crash Pack kit (80080) contains the most commonly damaged parts.
- Hardware pack, wiring harness, safety glasses
Propeller™ Microcontrollers & Robots
The Propeller™ 1 microprocessor chip makes it easy to rapidly develop embedded applications. Its eight 32- bit processors (COGs) can operate simultaneously, either independently or cooperatively, sharing common resources through a central hub. The developer has full control over how and when each cog is employed; there is no compiler-driven or operating system-driven splitting of tasks among multiple cogs. A shared system clock keeps each cog on the same time reference, allowing for true deterministic timing and synchronization. Two programming languages are available: the easy-to-learn high-level Spin, and Propeller Assembly which can execute at up to 160 MIPS (20 MIPS per COG).
Due to the size of this platform, it can cause serious damage or injury. There is no protection around any of the propellers. We recommend using the RCAPA guidelines for safe use of this aircraft (http://www.rcapa.net/guidelines.aspx).