December 27, 2013 AT 9:12 am

Video from the stabilized & steerable @GoPro gimbal on the new @3DRobotics Iris drone


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3DR Iris – autonomous multicopter. Iris is an all-in-one autonomous aerial vehicle with a compact and durable design. Stylish and powerful, Iris runs on the innovative Pixhawk autopilot system–the newest in advanced autopilot electronics from the PX4 open-hardware project. With wide-angled arms and a GoPro-compatible camera mount, Iris is perfect for any aerial imaging application. Add a GoPro Hero 3 for complete out-of-the-box aerial video capturing.

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Iris features the complete set of APM:Copter autonomous capabilities, including automatic takeoff and landing, custom mission planning with GPS waypoint navigation, stabilized loitering, return to launch, circling mode, and more. Combine Pixhawk’s high availability hardware model with APM:Copter’s robust failsafe options for superior reliability in the air.

Iris includes

  • Fully-assembled Iris UAV
  • Lithium polymer power pack, balance charger, and safety bag
  • Micro USB ground station connector cable
  • Android tablet USB adapter
  • Radio telemetry ground module in 915 or 433 Mhz
  • Interchangeable red front legs for improved visibility in the air
  • Tool kit and operation manual

Features

  • Multiple control options provide redundancy and flexibility: RC, computer, phone,and 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
  • Easy 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 (coming soon)
  • 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
  • Multicolor LED status indicator
  • 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!

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