The hotly anticipated professional hexacopter, the Freefly ALTA
, is due to be released in August.
The aircraft, with a price of £6,964, is designed to carry Freefly's handheld camera stabilisers, the Movi 5, 10 and 15
, but its party trick is that the gimbal can be mounted on top of the rig as well as underneath. This opens up an amazing new set of filming possibilities for the creative professional.
Aerial movie makers will be able to fly professional cameras including RED Dragon, Sony F55, and ALEXA Mini. Its maximum payload is 6.8 kg (15 lbs) with a maximum gross take-off weight of 13.6 kg (30.0 lbs). The Movis can be attached and detached quickly and easily thanks to the Toad In The Hole quick release system.
Folding carbon fibre propellers and folding booms allow the ALTA to go from the case to the air in around five minutes. In its folded state it measures just 532 mm X 515 mm X 220 mm. Freefly say it's easy to fly, powerful, rigid, adaptable, reliable, and optimized for professional set-ups.
A Movi mounted on the top of the Freefly ALTA.
They claim the Freefly 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."
The Freefly ALTA will be available from Heliguy in August.
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A folded Freefly ALTA
The Movi M5 gimbal in handheld mode.
Freefly ALTA specifications
Length: 1000 mm
Width: 1145 mm
Height (to base of TITH): 220 mm
Length: 532 mm
Width: 515 mm
Height (to base of TITH): 220 mm
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
Material: Carbon fibre with balsa core
Propeller Orientation: (3) CW and (3) CCW Props
Propeller Type: 18 x 6 Folding
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)
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)
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
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
Mounting Locations: Bottom and Top Mount
Mounting System: Freefly Toad In The Hole Quick Release
Model Name: Freefly Synapse Flight Controller
Flight Modes: Manual
Height Hold Climb Rate Control (Vario)
Position Hold Ground Speed Control Return-To-Home
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
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.