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World’s First v‑Shaped Bi-Copter

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

About the developer

Zero Zero Robot­ics (brand: Hov­er Cam­era) is a robot­ics com­pa­ny found­ed in 2014 by PhDs MQ Wang and Tony Zhang. One of the first to devel­op intel­li­gent fly­ing robots for con­sumer pur­pos­es. The first flag­ship prod­uct of Zero Zero Robot­ics, devel­oped in 2016 under the Hov­er Cam­era brand, was the Hov­er Cam­era Pass­port self­ie drone, which received wide recog­ni­tion, win­ning many hon­orary awards such as Best of the Best by Red Dot Design, IF Design, CES and oth­ers, and entered into a world­wide part­ner­ship with Apple Retail. In 2017, Zero Zero rais­es $20 mil­lion from Snapchat to fur­ther devel­op their sec­ond even more high-tech prod­uct, Hov­er 2. sales start — June 2019) H2 is cur­rent­ly at the pre-order stage.

Nev­er­the­less, despite the dif­fi­cul­ties, on Decem­ber 19 of this year, Zero Zero announces the world’s first con­sumer bicopter V‑Coptr Fal­con with an amaz­ing V‑shaped mul­ti-patent­ed twin-engine propul­sion sys­tem and patent­ed flight con­trol tech­nol­o­gy. The drone fea­tures an extreme­ly long flight time and far exceeds cur­rent indus­try stan­dards. As usu­al, let’s start with the key fea­tures of the nov­el­ty.

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

The list of Zero Zero Robot­ics investors includes such giants as IDG, Zhen­Fund, as well as oth­er lead­ing investors in the US and Chi­na. The main offices of the com­pa­ny are locat­ed in Bei­jing, San Fran­cis­co, Shen­zhen, Hangzhou and Tai­wan.

Peculiarities

  • Weight 730 g
  • Fold­able V‑shaped 2‑motor con­fig­u­ra­tion with patent­ed motor swiv­el mech­a­nism
  • Brush­less pow­er­plant with fold­able pro­pellers
  • 12MP 4K cam­era built on 1/2.3‑inch CMOS sen­sor
  • 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal
  • Frontal obsta­cle detec­tion and flight sys­tem
  • 3 × auto­mat­ic flight and shoot­ing modes (Rocket/Helix/Dronie)
  • Auto return to take­off point RTH mode (in case of loss of con­nec­tion with the remote con­trol / weak bat­tery charge / Forced by the pilot)
  • Max. flight time 50 min
  • Max. FPV removal dis­tance 7 km

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

Equipment

So far, only one con­fig­u­ra­tion is known:

  • Drone
  • Trans­port pro­tec­tion of the sus­pen­sion
  • Remote Con­trol
  • drone bat­tery
  • Spare Prop Kit (1CW/1CCW)
  • Charg­er
  • USB cable
  • Screw­driv­er + spare prop fas­ten­ers
  • User’s Man­u­al

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

Specification

Drone

Developer:

Zero Zero Robot­ics

Model:

V‑Coptr Fal­con

The weight:

730 g

Dimensions in flight condition (L × W × H):

220.6 × 148.26 × 72.38mm

Max. hang time:

50 min

Wind resistance level:

5

Slave. frequency:

2.4GHz

Satellite positioning:

GPS + GLONASS

Built-in memory:

8 GB

Supported SD cards:

MicroSD; Max. vol­ume 256 GB

Slave. temperature range:

0℃ — 40℃

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

suspension

Stabilization:

3‑axis mechan­i­cal

Slave. range (Pitch):

-90° to 0°

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

Camera

Matrix:

1/2.3″ CMOS; Eff. Pix­els: 12 mil­lion

Lens:

FOV: about 77° ± 3°; Equiv­a­lent focal length: 28mm; F/2.2

ISO:

Video:

100 — 6400

A photo:

100 — 6400

Max. picture size:

12MP

Photo modes:

Single/Serial/Timer

Video resolution:

4K:

3840 × 2160 at 30 fps

2.7K:

2720 ​​× 1530 at 30/60 fps

FHD:

1920 × 1080 at 30/60/120 fps

720p:

1280 × 720 at 30/60/120 fps

Photo format:

JPEG; RAW (DNG); RAW+JPEG

Video format:

MP4

Obstacle detection and avoidance

Max. flying speed:

25 km/h

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

Blastoff control panel

Max. control distance:

7000 m

Operating time on one charge:

2.5 h

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

Intelligent battery

Capacity:

4500 mAh

Voltage:

15.4v

Power:

69.3 Wh

The weight:

329 g

Slave. temperature range:

0℃ — 40℃

Charger

Entrance:

100V — 240V, 50Hz — 60Hz

Exit:

17.6V — 3A; 5V — 2A

Power:

56W

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

A new drone for a new decade

An all-new V‑shaped twin-engine propul­sion sys­tem, com­bined with patent­ed motor tilt tech­nol­o­gy, non-lin­ear dynam­ic sim­u­la­tion and con­trol algo­rithms, has increased the flight time to 50 min­utes.

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

Low noise profile

The slow­er rota­tion of the V‑Coptr Fal­con propul­sion sys­tem, cou­pled with the patent­ed pro­peller design, pro­vides more effec­tive lift with less noise.

The devel­op­er notes that the V‑shaped twin-engine pow­er plant is much more effi­cient than the clas­sic four-engine con­fig­u­ra­tion of the same size with the same pay­load.

Rotor Tilt Technology

Sophis­ti­cat­ed indus­tri­al design, non-lin­ear dynam­ic sim­u­la­tion and con­trol algo­rithms ensure sta­ble flight with high maneu­ver­abil­i­ty.

3‑axis mechanical gimbal

The V‑Coptr Fal­con has a 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal that pro­vides sta­bi­lized aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy with a yaw adjust­ment range of ± 80 degrees.

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

Auto tracking

Advanced visu­al track­ing algo­rithms allow the V‑Coptr Fal­con to accu­rate­ly and con­sis­tent­ly fol­low the sub­ject for shoot­ing.

Obstacle Avoidance

Drone V‑Coptr Fal­con is equipped with an advanced VIO (visu­al iner­tial odom­e­try) and a front stereo cam­era. It can recre­ate a map of the sur­round­ing area, detect and avoid obsta­cles in real time.

Cinematic footage

Pre-pro­grammed flight paths cou­pled with post-edit­ing tem­plates will help the user achieve cin­e­mat­ic results.

Price

Ser­i­al pro­duc­tion of the V‑Coptr Fal­con, albeit with a great delay, but still start­ed. The mod­el is avail­able for pur­chase, though not in all coun­tries. USA is not on the list. In the states, a stan­dard kit will cost the con­sumer $1,200.

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

Let’s summarize

Undoubt­ed­ly, the new prod­uct from Zero Zero looks promis­ing, like the pre­vi­ous Hov­er 2 drone. In gen­er­al, the declared infor­ma­tion about the V‑Coptr Fal­con rais­es no ques­tions and I want to see the drone in action as soon as pos­si­ble. In the event of a suc­cess­ful start of mass pro­duc­tion, the mod­el will def­i­nite­ly be able to com­pete with top UAVs, since the time inter­val for many of them in prac­tice is 23–25 ​​min­utes. How­ev­er, if you are inter­est­ed in the pre­sent­ed drone, we still rec­om­mend to post­pone the pre-order/pur­chase and wait for the first reviews. Stay with us, we will con­tin­ue to mon­i­tor the incom­ing infor­ma­tion.

A photo

Images with the Zero Zero Robot­ics V‑Coptr Fal­con drone.

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

world's first V-shaped bi-copter

Video

Video from the developer

Test to deter­mine the max­i­mum flight time in posi­tion hold­ing mode at a head­wind speed of 13.6 m/s.

The offi­cial announce­ment of the first bicopter in the hob­by V‑Coptr Fal­con, in Chi­na, Decem­ber 19, 2019.

Top reviews from users

Unpack­ing, inspect­ing, con­fig­ur­ing and updat­ing soft­ware.

Pre-flight test after unpack­ing to iden­ti­fy bugs and deter­mine the max­i­mum flight time, in order to lat­er test the drone for max­i­mum flight range. At the same time, the author will check the per­for­mance of the flight and shoot­ing auto modes, as well as the qual­i­ty of the shoot­ing of the onboard 4K cam­era; Plus, as a bonus, an unex­pect­ed crash caused by the shut­down of motors with a bat­tery charge of 2%. (We rec­om­mend view­ing to any­one who is con­sid­er­ing this mod­el for pur­chase!).

First flight test.

First unbox­ing.

First look at the new drone at CES2020.

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