Walkera Voyager 4

The Walkera Voyager 4 quadcopter drone is scheduled to arrive in the USA for it’s final circuit tests and media evaluation July 2016.  Capable of broadcasting over 4G LTE or WIFI, this is a new and exciting solution to kickoff the newly approved  FAA Part 107 certification for commercial drone broadcasting starting this summer. Here are some of the recent photos, a peek at the Voyager 4 along with the latest Devo F18 radio transmitter that will be paired with the next two quadcopter drones. The Voyager 4 that uses the PX4 flight controller, was recently demonstrated at a Police event. You can read more of some of the latest development at dronecode.org

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What separates the Voyager 4 apart from other quadcopter drones is the design surrounding broadcasting and social media.  Live video is streamed via WIFI or the first 4G LTE drone application, an IOS application.  Production stations can have as many as six camera views from six Voyager 4 in the air at one time.  With 4G LTE, distribution of real-time video has never been easier; the media files can be shared over the two supported networks and multiple social media platforms.

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Two cameras can be adapted to the Voyager 4, to meet your needs.  A 16x zoom camera option or a 4k fixed lens camera.

Complementing the Voyager 4 quadcopter drone is the newly FCC approved Devo F18, a professional 18 channels radio transmitter with a range of 1.5 km stock.  The onboard camera of the Voyager 4 can be controlled remotely from the radio joystick.

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Eachine EV800 FPV Goggle or Monitor

While testing several goggles for DM, Eachine EV800 caught my attention. Not only was the price great but something we have been doing, making a spare fpv headplay as a monitor. Eachine EV800 was designed with that in mind, a separable goggle 5 inch screen that can be used as small monitor with a tripod. Brilliant!

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First Impression, we love how it separates and serves as a monitor. In terms of the reception, clarity and usability, we have to report back after a few more tests. Standby.

Target User Segment
Keen FPV Beginner Pilots, First FPV Investment, Ready To Use, Budget USD$79 MAP (June 2016 source: Banggood).

What To Expect If This Your First
High brightness for outdoor use. Screen is 5 inches wide and weighs 391 grams (0.86 lb). On a full charged you can get 3 hours of use. 40 video channels at 5.8 gHz to meet most need.

Factory Specifications

  • Screen size: 5.0 inch
  • Screen resolution: 800*480 (clear magnification from lens)
  • Screen brightness: 600cd/m2 with high brightness backlight LED for outdoor FPV
  • View Angle: 140/120 degree(Horizontal/Vertical)
  • Lens 3x boost of the video to provide the best experience in video, 92% transparent rate with no distortion of light
  • Built-in 3.7V/2000mAh battery
  • Battery Life: 3.5 hours
  • Supports: 5-12V recharging voltage range. Accepts 5V power banks or 2S(7.4V)/3S(11.1V) battery as back-up external power. (DM)
  • Dimension: 180x145x82mm
  • Weight: 375g with 3.5hr 2000mAh battery
  • Belt: three-ways adjustable belt

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Similar Goggle Alternatives
Users have recommended these 2016 alternatives: Walkera Goggle4 Entry level, Kylin Vision, Eachine EV800. See comparison video.

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What we love about it

  • A separable goggle 5 inch screen that can be used as small monitor with tripod.
  • All the accessories included, such as the 3.5 mm microphone adapter
  • The brightness and clear reception (more distance tests in progess)

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • DVR to record the flight and OSD, for recovery and flight analysis.
  • Dual diversity antenna, an option to use two different types of antennas

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Walkera MR Drone

We have been wondering what it would be like to bring couch Gamers and First Person View (FPV) Pilots into one room or rather in one field for an intense world of Mixed Reality (MR) competition? Walkera MR Drone Games are not only Virtual games, but a Reality concept that is applied to Drone Racing. Pilots actually fly their GPS racing drones into virtual Funnel Gates or shooting on virtual targets.

Mixed reality (MR), sometimes referred to as hybrid reality, is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.


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Thinking of designing three Real Flight modes: Battle mode, Race mode, Classic Collecting mode. In Battle mode , FPV pilots will begin an intense battle with virtual targets. In Race mode, pilots compete on an Agility Course featuring various obstacles, funnel gates and hairpin turns. Lastly, the classic arcade game, pilots collect as many gold coins with precise FPV skills. If you are not ready for the real flight, switch to Training, pilots can practice with a virtual drone using your personal tablet or phone.

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Now what do you think of that?. The first MR Drone Game, more ideas and development to come.

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Hubsan X4 H502E GPS RTH Quadcopter

Looking for the perfect size quadcopter for this summer free youth RC training camp has narrowed down to this quiet 16.5 cm Hubsan X4 H502E GPS quadcopter. What caught our initial attention is the mini quadcopter with GPS, allowing the quadcopter to find it ways back. Other features of interest is it’s 720p camera and altitude hold.

The Hubsan H502e arrived in a small box with no instruction manual, but the usual short instructions on the packaging that reference a manual. The H502e is not even listed at Hubsan.com as such there is nothing to download.

User Segment
Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves, Hubsan Collectors,  Instructional Training Quadcopter, Budget USD$107 MAP (Jun 2016 source: Banggood)

Factory Specifications
Radio Frequency: 2.4G
Channel: 4CH
Quad copter Size: 165 x 165 x 60mm
Weight (including the battery): 140-147g DM certified
Battery: 7.4V (2S) 610mAh LiPo Battery 35g
Built-in HD camera 720P .
Motor: coreless  0820  x4
4 LED indicators with rubber feet
Max flight radius: 200±15 m
Flight time: around 10-12 minutes
Charging time: around 30-40minutes .
Transmitter battery: 4 x AAA

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Flight Characteristic
Slow and sticky to position hold even at expert mode on stock radio transmitter. However it binds with the X4 Pro FPV1 radio transmitter allowing you to fly in manual, gps and follow me mode.

What To Expect If This Your First

There is no user manual included.

You can easily spend 12 minutes on each flight, setting up and flying. The actual flight may last 8-12 minutes from our tests. On a Mode 2 radio transmitter, throttle stick is on the left.

Power on your quadcopter first, than the radio. Connect your battery to your copter, lay the copter flat on a hard surface immediately. This will allow the copter to self-level the gyroscope. Begin step 1 of calibration by rotating it horizonally a few round clockwise until the radio transmitter prompts you to complete step calibrate compass 2. Next, vertically rotate the quadcopter clockwise until the radio indicates complete.

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When you are ready to fly, hold both sticks inward to arm the motors, the propellers will begin to rotate slowly. The quadcopter is now live and has entered into flight preparation mode. Motors does not auto shut off upon landing, disarm idling motors to avoid toppling over. To stop the motors, hold both sticks inward at the lowest point for 3 seconds.

There are dual rates by pushing the right stick in and hearing two beeps. It also shows Expert Mode on the LCD screen.  However it is still not a aggressive aircraft at all On the stock setting.

You can still maneuver the quadcopter during a GPS Return Home with the stock transmitter.

The copter LiPo battery may get a little warm after each flight. When the voltage is low (7.2 volts), it shows low battery on your radio (beeps on the FPV1), you should manually land within a minute to prevent the battery from over-discharging. Over-discharging a LiPo battery below 3 volts per cell, can permanently damage the battery. It is best to let the LiPo cool down before the next charge.

The odd size LiPo battery is not easily available.  Included is a USB charger for a 2S LiPo, slow but a useful charger to have around or travel with.

Undocumented Features
To bind with the X4 Pro FPV1 radio transmitter, you hold down the ENTER and power on the transmitter to initialize a bind.

With the FPV1 radio transmitter, you can now fly in Manual or GPS mode

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Testing Follow Me.  The quadcopter is able to perform Follow Me, due to the Radio Transmitter GPS built-in system.

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Rebinding to stock radio transmitter

The transmitter and the quadcopter are bined at factory, should you change  transmitter or quadcopter, a relinked is required.

  • Press the Photo function button while you turn on the transmitter simultaneously.
  • Power the quadcopter and wait for the prompt to calibrate the quadcopter, indicating a bind has been established.

Similar Model Aircrafts
Users have recommended these 2015-2016 alternatives: Walkera Runner 250 GPS, Hubsan H501s, JYU Hornet S, Walkera MR Drone. (Your contribution welcome).

What we love about it

  • Quick and effective GPS (12 satellites very quickly)
  • Hardy ABS structure
  • Telemetry on radio transmitter (gps, calibration etc)
  • Returns home when signal is lost or when battery is low.

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • User Manual and product information on Hubsan company website
  • Allow for full acro or high rates setup, as it seem to lack energy.

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XK X251 WhirlWind Racer Quadcopter

Keeping it simple may be the answer to XK Innovation’s success recently. XK X251 is a new mini quadcopter with powerful brushless motors, designed to be fast and swift. If you are looking for a swift little quadcopter, this may be it, the XK X251 WhirlWind.  Shortly after the initial release, a version 2 was introduced with some slight modifications to cater for beginners. See video about the updates •  DM Press

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First Impression,  this quadcopter is very fast and can take a nice punch (vertical take-off).  It is easy to fly if you have flown a quadcopter and have mastered your flight orientation.  The XK radios are well made as always, but the spinning dial that gets in the way of your palm is still there on the right.  The beeping spinning dial is not in the most practical position to reach while flying, but for this aircraft, it is only used to navigate the menu. The material of the aircraft is made of a mixed of carbon fiber structure with light-weight Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), a common thermoplastic polymer (also used by Lego), strong but will still destruct on direct impact on a high speed race.  It does not break easily out in the field, if it just falls out of the sky, as the total weight is only 205 grams.

Version 2, great for the beginners, auto flips and returns to rear facing.  This is a trade-off for experienced pilots who are looking for “acro” modes.

User Segment
Keen Beginners, Park Flyers With The Need for Speed, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves, Collectors, Budget USD$109.99 (June 2016 source: GearBest)

What To Expect If This Your First

You can easily spend 12 minutes on each flight, setting up and flying. The actual flight may last 5-10 minutes from our tests. On a Mode 2 radio transmitter, throttle stick is on the left.

Power on your radio transmitter first, make sure your throttle stick is at the lowest point. Check to make sure all your switches are up (position 0). Connect your battery to your copter, lay the copter flat on a hard surface immediately. This will allow the copter to self-level the gyroscope.

Once the red and yellow stops flashes stops, you have successfully bind with the radio. A green LED indicates you are in 6-axis gyro mode and a red LED indicates you are in 3D mode (aka Acro). To fly, flip the throttle hold switch down “on”, the copter is now live.  To lock (disarm), move your left throttle stick down to the lowest point and flip the throttle hold switch back to “off”.

The copter LiPo battery may get a little warm after each flight. When the voltage is low (7 volts), you should manually land within 30 seconds to prevent the battery from over-discharging. Over-discharging a LiPo battery below 3 volts per cell, can permanently damage the battery. It is best to let the LiPo cool down before the next charge.

There are dual rates assigned to the right switch.

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Flight Characteristic

The XK X251 is swift with precision responsive controls.

Similar Model Aircrafts

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives:  the Walkera Rodeo 150, Cheerson CX-91, JJRC X1, Blade Zeyrok

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Factory Specifications
Material: Carbon fiber, mixed composite materials
Radio Frequence: 2.4G
Gyro: 6 axis
Battery: 7.4V 950mAh lipo battery
Flight time: about 12 mins
Charging time: about 60-80 mins
Range: 300m
Flight weight: 205g
Quadcopter size: 177 * 177 * 83 mm

What we love about it

  • Fast and a good punch
  • Hardy ABS frame structure
  • Configurable radio transmitter

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • Allow for full acro setup

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 7 favorites during this release recorded May 2016.  (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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