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12 February, 2016

Introduction to the Hexa copter

The team of Electronic and Software Engineers of the Java Robotics and Intelligent Systems Research Centre, which is one of the pioneering research centers of the Java Institute for Advanced Technology, has come up with yet another amazing creation.

A hexa copter is the next step up from a quadcopter. This model have six motors and corresponding propellers. This adds to the capability of the aircraft and really makes this the optimal choice for anyone flying with expensive cameras attached. Essentially, these models have all of the same major benefits of a quadcopter with a lot more added in.

"Accordingly, the hexa copter can be regarded as an appropriate choice for drones that need to carry other equipment, including cameras."

Power: These models have higher speeds and more power due to the two extra motors included.

Height: Fly higher in the air than ever before. A Hexa copter reaches higher elevations with ease compared to its counterpart.

Safety: By having 6 motors 120 degrees apart, one motor can die while the rest pick up the slack. This means that a pilot will be able to safely land the drone even if one motor is damaged. For anyone coming from a quadcopter, this would be very difficult to do with less motors.

If lose two motors but still have the ability to fly this hexa copter and properly land. The positioning of the motor will be the deciding factor on whether a pilot can fly or will end up crashing their drone.

You need to carry a heavier payload, meaning you can use better cameras for recording, or heavier accessories.

The pros are:

Greater overall power, speed and elevation.

Safety provided through additional motors.

Higher overall payload.

Great control and flight speed.

This Hexa copter will not start up by pushing the RC throttle sticks directly, as the flying mode can only be achieved under the manual mode or hovering mode.

The GPS Compass Module is a necessary equipment to achieve high precision hover. After connecting compass module with GPS module, the Hexa Copter can achieve high-precision fixed-point hovering, automatic return and other driving functions.

Automatic return when transmitter out of control: The Hexa Copter take off after red led flashes 3 times and positioning successfully. If remote control signal cannot be detected or shut down the power of transmitter, Hexa Copter will perform return task, and return to the home point.


Types of Modes

Manual Mode

In this mode, the Hexa Copter can only keep auto-stability, but cannot keep the hovering altitude. You still need to control the aircraft by sticks operation, to keep balance and altitude.

GPS Hovering Mode

When the Remote Controller throttle stick stays in the middle, the Copter automatically maintains hovering; Any increase or decrease the throttle will lead the Copter to rise or fall at a constant speed on this basis. This Hexa Copter needs open area to use hovering mode, in case of any high buildings affect the accuracy. In hovering mode, the Copter enables point hovering, impel the throttle stick moving, release the throttle stick hovering, return home and other automatic functions. The Copter needs 5 or more GPS satellites to keep hovering, otherwise the aircraft only keep the altitude. GPS accuracy is better at the altitude of more than 2 meters. Pitch stick: push this stick forward will lead the aircraft fly forward, backward pushing will lead backwards flying, release the pitch stick immediately will achieve hovering. Roll stick: push this stick to the left will lead the aircraft fly left, to the right pushing will lead right direction flying, release the pitch stick immediately will achieve hovering.

Return Home Mode

In this mode, the Hexa Copter will automatically backtrack and to the unlock take-off point within 2.5m range. We ensure to set the GPS positioning before take-off. In GPS positioning, the copter return home region is within a 2.5m radius of the take-off point. When Hexa Copter distance from the home point is less than 20m, no matter how high it is, the Copter lock the current altitude and return directly. When Hexa Copter distance from the home point is more than 20m, the Copter will keep the current altitude and automatic return when it is higher than 20 meters; otherwise, the Hexa Copter will firstly climb to 20 meters and then return.

Headless Mode

In this mode do not need to identify the multi rotor's nose or tail direction, no matter in which direction the multi rotor nose is, Pull back (ELE) stick, the aircraft will fly back, push (ELE) stick, the aircraft will fly away. This fly back/fly away direction is according to the forward/backward direction when the aircraft take-off.