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FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS with Futaba 14SGH Controller

  • $9,278.94

The ALTA 8 from Freefly is an octo-rotor configuration UAS for aerial cinematography. Designed to work in conjunction with a MoVI gimbal (available separately), the ALTA 8 will support payloads up to 20 pounds,..

  • Brand: FREEFLY
  • Product Code:IDSPT0292
  • Availability:In Stock

Tags: FREEFLY, ALTA, UAS, with, Futaba, 14SGH, Controller, Drone&FPV

  • The ALTA 8 from Freefly is an octo-rotor configuration UAS for aerial cinematography. Designed to work in conjunction with a MoVI gimbal (available separately), the ALTA 8 will support payloads up to 20 pounds, making it ideal for today's lightweight cinema cameras. The ALTA 8 allows the gimbal can be mounted above, as well as below, the aircraft, enabling "sky view" shots.

    For fast setup and breakdown, the ALTA 8 employs Freefly's Toad in the Hole (TITH) quick release gimbal attachment mechanism. For extra portability, the prop arms retract and props fold in half for a smaller footprint that is easier to transport.

    Performance

    Efficient Design
    18-inch props, optimized propulsion system, and a lightweight carbon fiber frame together allow flight times comparable to quadcopters while being able to carry the weight of a cinema camera and gimbal.
    Flight Time
    The ALTA 8 supports flights of over 15 minutes when using two 16 Ah batteries with a payload of 15 lb.

    SYNAPSE Intelligent Flight Control System

    Precise Positioning
    By fusing GPS data with the IMU and Barometer, the ALTA 8 is able to hold position even in difficult weather conditions. For industrial users, this gives the ability to execute complex flight paths while keeping pilot fatigue low.
    Velocity Clamps
    The SYNAPSE features velocity control with an adjustable real time speed limit. This means pilots can alter the vertical and ground velocities to ensure precise, repeatable camera moves.
    Height Hold
    The SYNAPSE flight controller takes readings from accelerometers, barometer, and GPS and fuses them together to create high-bandwidth height-control flight mode. This feature is designed to give filmmakers a "dolly in the sky."
    Return to Home
    Alta 8's return-home function features a "safe height" parameter. With this set, on return home the aircraft will fly at a fixed elevation to avoid collision with obstacles below the pre-defined limit.
    Automatic Data Logging
    The ALTA 8 allows you to monitor and analyze performance and health using Freefly's proprietary high-speed data logging via microSD card. Data can be inspected using Freefly's data viewer application.

    ALTA App

    Functions
    Functions accessible through the app include:
    • Flight Pack Voltage
    • Satellite Count
    • Flight Mode
    • Attitude
    • Pilot Checklists
    • Vibration Levels
    • Height
    • Temperature

    Works with MoVI Gimbals

    Top Mount Camera Option
    In addition to traditional bottom ("Ground View") mounting, the ALTA 8 supports mounting the gimbal on top of the aircraft ("Sky View"). This enables capturing distinct camera angles from beneath an elevated subject.
    Quick Release Gimbal Attachment
    The Alta 8 supports Freefly's Toad in the Hole (TITH) mounting system, the same mount found on MoVI gimbal. This reduces setup and breakdown time, and makes switching between "Ground View" and "Sky View" modes easy.

    Note: MoVI gimbal available separately.

    Air System Design

    Folding Frame
    The frame and propellers fold for a footprint that is 50% of the Alta 8's size in operational configuration. This makes it easy to pack up and carry along, even to remote locations.
    Vibration Isolation System
    A vibration-isolation system rejects high-frequency disturbances, adding further image stability on top of what the gimbal provides.
    Weather Resistant
    The ALTA 8 features a lightweight molded plastic enclosure to cover the flight control and power distribution board to protect them from the elements.
    Receiver Mounting Bay
    The ALTA 8 provides two fully enclosed receiver mounting bays to keep these sensitive components protected and dry.
    Silent Drive
    The ALTA 8 utilizes sinusoidal drive motor controls, and the motors are custom tuned to match the F45 flight controller, with optimizations for speed, reliability, and robustness. The motor drives are constantly monitoring a variety of parameters and reporting status to the SYNAPSE.

    Required for Completion

      The ALTA 8 comes as an ARF (almost ready-to-fly) bundle. It features a hard transit case, Quick-release top handle, and inverted landing gear for top-mounting the gimbal. In addition to these included items, typical use cases may require the following:
      MoVI gimbal
      Transmitter (radio controller) and compatible receiver
      At least two flight batteries
      Aero Landing Gear (lower landing gear for flying a MoVI in the bottom mount configuration)
      An FPV system
       UPC: 635414907852
    • 14SGH 14-Channel 2.4 GHz Computer Radio System

      The heli-optimized 14SGH 14-Channel 2.4 GHz Computer Radio System from Futaba is a transmitter (radio controller) that can be programmed to control a multitude of RC aircraft, including fixed-wind planes, helicopters and multi-rotors, and gilders. It can also be used with certain production equipment, such as video stabilizer gimbals, that have compatible receivers. The transmitter features 14-channels and supports receivers with the FASSTest, FASST, and S-FHSS protocols. The "H" in the model number indicates that the throttle gimbal is smooth rather than ratcheted, which is considered the preferred arrangement by many heli fliers.

      The programmable computer is able to store settings for up to 30 models internally, and this memory can be expanded using an SD or SDHC card up to 32GB in capacity. To access the menu to change settings or view data from the aircraft (where supported) there is a 1.8 x 3" back-lit LCD screen. The transmitter is configured for Mode 2. Mode two is the most common in the U.S., however users in other countries may be accustomed to a different Mode. In Mode 2, roll and pitch are controlled with the pilot's right hand while yaw and throttle are controlled with the pilot's left hand.

      Free user-updatable software - simply load the update on an SD card
      10-character user naming and 10-character model naming
      SensorTouch programming technology
      Rubber grips on the sides and back
      Eye-socket for lanyard designed to provide perfect balancing

      Controls

      Left and right assignable slider switches
      Two assignable rotary knobs
      Six assignable three-position switches
      One assignable momentary two-position switch
      One assignable two-position switch
      Wide top switch spacing
      Adjustable stick tension
      Dual ball bearing gimbals
      Four vibration warning types
      Home/Exit; User Menu/Servo Monitor buttons
      Audio earphone jack for telemetry alarms
      User stick calibration
      Trainer system

      Computer

      Servo speed adjust
      Five programmable mixes
      V-tail, Ailvator, winglet, motor mixing
      Trim mix
      Logic switch (condition switch only)
      Internal programmer for S.Bus servos
      Servo monitor (neutral and moving tests)
      Integral timer with two count up/countdown timers
      Quick model select function

      Airplane Features

      Flap setting menu
      Differential ailerons
      Five-point throttle and pitch curves
      Idle down
      Supports:
      • Seven different wing types
      • Three different tail types
      • Two different rudder types
      Supported Mixing:
      • Aileron to camber flap mixing
      • Aileron to brake