Freefly ALTA has Landed

Freefly ALTA has Landed

Freefly ALTA has landed at Heliguy. It's a high spec hexacopter designed to carry top flight cameras including RED Dragon and ALEXA Mini.

Last updated: Mar 11, 2021

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The long awaited Freefly ALTA has arrived at heliguy™ HQ. It's a high spec hexacopter for professional camera flyers and can carry Freefly's MoVi gimbals. What sets then ALTA apart from other pro rigs is the fact that it can carry a camera and gimbal on top as well as below. That opens up all sorts of new shooting opportunities. Freefly ALTA The Freefly ALTA lands at heliguy™ HQ

An elegant, high class piece of engineering

The ALTA isn't just a high class piece of engineering, it's an elegant, high class piece of engineering. It's curved arms wrap neatly around the sides of the frame for transporting and unfurl stylishly when you unpack on location.  The Freefly ALTA offers a great combination of lightness, strength and power. It can lift a maximum payload of 6.8kg (15 lbs). What's more it does it smoothly and quietly. The 6 X 18 inch carbon fibre and balsa, folding props combine with low noise, lightweight motors and Freefly Silent-Drive Sine Wave ESCs. Freefly ALTA motor All of that means it's capable of lifting  professional cameras including a RED Dragon, Sony F55, or ALEXA Mini. The gimbal is easy to swap around too. It uses Freefly's Toad In The Hole Quick Release System. Freefly say the Synapse flight control system represents a new level of control, precision and reliability for unmanned aerial systems. "The system combines high quality sensors with proprietary control algorithms to allow users to execute complex flight patterns with ease. It features an integrated on-screen display, high-bandwidth position control, live graphing, dual receivers, and has been tested for years by the industry's best pilots." Freefly ALTA detail The ALTA's satellite receiver takes advantage of both the GPS and the GLONASS networks, which should give it a quicker fix and more satellites for improved accuracy. Power for the ALTA comes from two 6S (22.2V) batteries. At £6964 the ALTA is pitched at the professional operator, who will probably also need a Movi gimbal. They range in price from £3267 for the Movi 5 to £9520 for the Movi 15. The Movi 10 sells for £6610. All three gimbals can be mounted underneath the ALTA but only the 5 and 15 can go on top. Freefly ALTA arm lock

Freefly ALTA specifications

UNFOLDED DIMENSIONS Length: 1000 mm Width: 1145 mm Height (to base of TITH): 220 mm FOLDED DIMENSIONS Length: 532 mm Width: 515 mm Height (to base of TITH): 220 mm POWERPLANT Number of Motors: 6 Motor Type: Direct Drive 3-Phase PMAC Outrunner Motor Model: F45 Motor Max Continuous Power Output: 350 W Motor Max Instantaneous Peak Power: 950 W Electronic Speed Controller: Freefly Silent-Drive Sine Wave ESC Freefly ALTA prop and motorPROPELLERS Material: Carbon fibre with balsa core Propeller Orientation: (3) CW and (3) CCW Props Propeller Type: 18 x 6 Folding BATTERY Nominal Battery Voltage: 6S / 22.2V Maximum Battery Size: 240 x 180 x 80 mm Maximum Battery Quantity: 2 Battery Packs (Parallel) Battery Connectors: 2x EC5 (Parallel) WEIGHTS Maximum Gross for Take-off¹: 13.6 kg (30.0 lbs) Maximum Useful Load²: 9.5 kg (21.0 lbs) Maximum Payload³: 6.8 kg (15.0 lbs) Typical Standard Empty Weight: 4.1 kg (9.0 lbs) SPECIFIC LOADINGS Typical Specific Power 4: 145 W/kg Thrust Ratio at Max Take-off Weight¹: 2.0 : 1 LIGHTING AND INDICATION Orientation Lights: RGB LED’s Orientation Light Locations: Outboard on Boom Ends Orientation Light Colour: User Definable Status Light: Rear-Facing Red/White LED Accessory Lighting Port: 12 VDC Accessory Lighting Port Location: Outboard on Boom Ends ISOLATION SYSTEM Vibration Isolation System: Silicone O-Rings ISOLATION SYSTEM OPTIONS 1. Soft / Light Payloads: Red O-Rings 2. Medium / Mid Payloads Teal O-Rings 3. Stiff / Heavy Payloads Black O-Rings PAYLOAD MOUNTING Mounting Locations: Bottom and Top Mount Mounting System: Freefly Toad In The Hole Quick Release Freefly ALTA Toad in the Hole mount The Toad in the Hole mount FLIGHT CONTROLLER Model Name: Freefly Synapse Flight Controller Flight Modes: Manual Height Hold Climb Rate Control (Vario) Position Hold Ground Speed Control Return-To-Home Auto-land Supported Inputs: Spektrum, S.Bus, PPM, FPV SD Video Outputs: PWM, I2C, CAN, FPV SD Video w/ OSD Supported Radios: Futaba S.Bus & S.Bus 2 DSMX, DSM2 (Spektrum/JR) PPM, PPM Invert, PPM Graupner Supported Radio Controller Telemetry Systems: Futaba w/ built-in voltage sense port Supported First-Person View Systems: Skyzone BOSCAM Immersion RC Fatshark First-Person View OSD Telemetry: User Configurable Installed Transceivers: Wi-Fi Data Logging Rate: 25 Hz 1. AT SEA LEVEL, STANDARD CONDITIONS. 2. TOP AND BOTTOM MOUNT. INCLUDES BATTERIES. 3. PAYLOAD WEIGHT TOP OR BOTTOM MOUNT. BATTERY WEIGHT NOT INCLUDED AND MOUNTED ON OPPOSITE SIDE FROM PAYLOAD IN TYPICAL CONFIGURATIONS. 4. . AT MAXIMUM TAKE-OFF WEIGHT, SEA LEVEL, STANDARD CONDITIONS.

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