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Introducing the Techpod
A Small Unmanned aerial vehicle designed with the hobbyist in mind. Its long wing span and light weight foam and composite structure giving it unmatched endurance performance in its weight class. With light weight and durable EPO foam construction the techpod is not only resistant to damage but also comparatively inexpensive to replace.
- Cruise Speed: 32knots
- Max speed – 55knots
- stall speed @4.5lbs about 11 knots
- Climb Rate – 2000 ft/min
- Wingspan = 102 in
- wing area = 605 sq in
- Wing loading = 1.191 lbs per sq ft @ 5 lbs
- Fuselage Length = 45 in
- Dry weight = 2.75 lbs*
- loaded weight =5.0lbs (2.25 lbs of battery/payload)
- EPO Wings and fusalage contruction
- Carbon Fiber Tail Boom and wing spars
- flight times well in excess of 1 hour. make that 2 hours!
- assembly time 5 hours
Required for flight, not included:
- Motor : E-flight Power 10 brushless in runner
- ESC : Castle creation Thunderbird-54
- Batteries: Thunderpower Pro Light v2 3S 2600 mah x2 wired parallel
- 4x hitec HS-65 (ailerons,flaps)
- 2x hitech hs-82 (elevator, rudder)
- 2x HS-55 (pan,tilt)
- TX & RX Spectrum DX-7
- Prop: APC E11x7
- Camera: CCD Killer Camera Micro NTSC Camera
- or equivalent components
78 thoughts on “UAV Drones for the Hobbyist”
what kind of clear dome do you get with the kit? glass, acrylic, polycarbonate? How thick is it?
It is clear acrylic. It is 1/8 inch thick There will be replacements available when the techpods start shipping.
would you be willing to sell one now? The only place on the web that sells clear domes is microdomes.com
Is that you’re source? I hope not, because they surely take a huge chunk of the profit margin away!
Yes that is my source. The factory in China attempted several times to reproduce them but nothing made the grade. I was able to cut a deal for $15 each because of the high quantity. Was not willing to comprise. Cost me a bunch of $ I don’t really have but what’s a guy to do? Searched high and low on alibaba no luck.
Did you mean sell you a dome or a techpod? If dome the answer is no for the time. And in the future only techpod owners will get replacements at $15 as promised.
whats the different between the two kits
The “kit” needs assembly. The ready to fly one has all the components and is fully assembled and ready to fly.
cool setup, what’s the camera triggering options here?
Camera trigger options would be up to whatever electronics you decide to use. I just make the airframe.
From the drawing it appears that the motor shaft is near horizontal and considerably above the center of mass. Past experience with pushers in this configuration shows that the thrust vector needs to be angled down a lot more to avoid pushing the nose down. How are you addressing that issue?
I have 2.5 degrees of down thrust dialed in to the motor. yes not having the thrust line centered on the drag line is non optimal however some of my design goals lead to compromises. things like pusher prop to get the prop out from in front of the camera, having the prop protected on landing as well as allowing clearance for a large prop for efficiency all lead me to this set up. I have the plane dialed in pretty good and it is highly stable given different throttle setting.
What is the waiting period for a RTF version once ordered? 1 week? 2 weeks?
I will need about 3 weeks to complete the first round of RTFs from kickstarter. After that I should be able to get them out in 1-2 weeks.
Is it still possible to order this airframe? The kickstarter project is finished and fully funded, or I didn’t find an option there. Are you planning to manufacture these planes after you ship all airframes funded through kickstarter? Where can I buy one now? It is so frustrating that this plane went under my radar and now there are no left((
I have plenty for sale. right here hobbyuav shop just click on that link and you will find the store.
Hi, is it possible to add a gps chip to this UAV?
yes, I fly with GPS, autopilot,FPV camera and Tx. you can learn more at diydrones
Will you be posting an updated list of components or are you fully satisfied with those you’ve listed so far? And is the recommended E-Flite Power 10 an inrunner or outrunner? The motor your link goes to is an outrunner.
I do have some different set ups I recommend. for high endurance you have motor running a 6 cell lipo. yes the power 10 is an outrunner.
What motor would you run with the 6 cell Wayne. I have a power 10 in stock
Is it possible to have a assemble version with Metal Serovs, Motor, ESC ?
How hard will it be to install FPV gear if Ordered Assembled from you guys?
Yes I will begin taking orders for custom ready to fly builds in a couple of weeks.
Is it possible to buy it directly from you and deliver it to Germany? rctech.se is out of supply and it cost really a lot of money. 270€ is 360$. This is quite much compared to your price.
OK I’ve been taking with my Distributor in the EU.He agreed to lower his price.
Wow, that was fast. Thank you very much. Now I’ve bought one.
Can I order the kit directly from you, if I live in Germany? The Kit from http://www.rctech.se is out of supply and it is quite expensive. 270€ = 360$. In your shop it’s just 230$. That is really a difference.
I want to mount a down looking GoPro on board, will it fit in the nose dome, or would significant modification be required to look down thru the belly?
Will spare parts be available?
there are accommodations to put a downward looking camera in the belly.
With a 250g camera for mapping, what’s the expected Flight Time?
Is it possible to fit a Maxamps 3S 11000mah? 158mm x 59mm x 30mm, 620g
I could’nt find your e-mail, can you please post it here so I can ask some questions directly?
Yes the techpod can handle the 250 gram camera. You can get 2 hours flight times with the right battery. As for the battery you specify, it may not fit with that camera at the same time. You may want to look at two smaller batteries to give you more flexibility. You will need to consider the CG when designing your layout.
And a e-mail that I can contact? I didn’t found it (only the australia one)
Sent you an e-mail, thanks
I’d like to order, and noticed the icon for Google wallet as an accepted form of payment. I could not see where I could select this during checkout. I’d like to use Google wallet or Amazon Payments. (Basically, anything but Paypal)
jeff, i can send you an amazon payments request.
Thanks, Wayne! Go ahead and send the request…
Sir, I absolutely love this model and am considering it for a long-range FPV application.
What is the range of motion of the camera and pan/tilt you are using with the TechPod? Can it turn 90 degrees to look directly to the left or right?
Thank you so much. If not exactly 90deg, very close to that. I will also depend on how you set it up.
Awesome, I’ll be placing an order for one shortly. The specs on this model beats anything else I can find.
Hey thanks. Feal free to drop me a line if you have any questions.
Hi, is there any ETA for the composite version? Thanks
Working on it now. Hope to have something in a few weeks
Hi everyone. I was a backer and put funds on kickstarter for your project. Since news update 32 no news at all.
Have you sent tech pod already to me?
Thank you for feedback
sorry for the delay in getting your order out to you. I had some unexpected medical problems which made it impossible to build your ready to fly techpod for a while. I have been doing much better, You happen to be in the last batch of 5. I expect to be able to ship yours by next weekend.
thank you for your patience
Hi is it possible to fit a Sony Nex camera in there (http://store.sony.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=100803&storeId=20153&langId=200&productId=8198552921666375219#specifications)? Thanks. Nick
Yes, it will fit
hello, im curious to know how far it can fly with the given remote? thx e
the normal r/c gear maybe will do 1 mile. for extra long distance you can get something like a dragon link
What is the shipping time a ARF kit?
I can ship it in a day or two of receiving the order.
I was reading about the fire in Arizona that killed 19 fire fighters. If they have a few of these up there giving them visual aid. I think it will have saved their lives. Because they can see if they will be trapped with an up to the minute data. The Fire Chief can gauge the situation with more visual data and he can give orders to pull back etc.
we are all pushing for the use of these types of UAVs. everyone knows they can save lives. There is supposed to be something by 2015 from the FAA.
Some think they cost millions or hundreds of thousands. Maybe you can donate a few to Arizona Hotshots. And get great publicity and awareness. Then the other departments will order a whole fleet of them from you.
very good plane! l love it ! i’ve read all you post and your blog but i couldn’t see more pictures about the possibility of mount camera for mapping?
can you put an example like the picture with the gopro?
i saw a windows under the fuselage ? is it here ? is it possible to take a picture with a camera under the fuselagef or simulated the position?
and what is the windows size ?
if it’s ok l’ll buy it !
thank you wayne sorry about my english..
Making detailed camera install directions is on my to-do list. I will be working on it later this week.
Really neat FPV plane. I am just getting into FPV flying I will be getting one of these once I advance a bit more! Just getting my Bixler outfitted for now. Will be back to get one of these since you local!
what is the range of this drone (in miles kilometres)?
Depends on what you use equipment wise. If I read right the ready to fly has a 1 mile range.
People are pushing video / control range well over 60 miles.
I think with the right bateries. 200 mile flights will be possible.
PLEASE add metric measurements in brackets to the specs!
would be possible to send to Brazil (Campinas – SÃO PAULO)
Yes but the shipping is very expensive.
Can the techpod handle a 13″ propeller? Or is it absolutely hard limited at 11″ or 12″ (not sure which).
You could if you mounted the motor 1/2 inch higher.
Mine was missing parts. I sent Wayne an email about the missing parts he said he would send and never did.
Sorry for the delay joe. I got the parts shipped to you today. Very sorry for the delay.
Hi, I would like to do the following: I would like to use a Canon CY410 Camcorder hiwhch is incredibly sharp, has a build in antivib-gimbal for smooth Videos and has 330gr. That one would sit behind the glass / Center if possible.
Additionally, I would like to use a mini-ccd with pan/tilt to navigate the plan and ideally to connect this one to a head tracker.
Is this possible or will this ruin your concept in Terms of flight Duration / stability etc ?
not sure what camera that is but the techpod was made for projects like yours.
Check this up, it might be a cool addon for the UAV
That does look cool
You should check out this latest FPV project on indiegogo,
they seems to have a good solid idea and it could be integrated into your UAV
Just unboxed my techpod kit, was missing a few small parts but otherwise it looks very good. The way these are packaged and bagged in the box makes it pretty much impossible to break during shipping. once I get my missing pieces I will assemble this into a RUBY autopilot platform.
Thanks justin. I will get those parts off to you asap.
Do the wings come apart for transport to the field?
Yes they do.
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