Multirotor Phenomenon

Beginning around Spring of 2010, multirotor copters became a sensation amongst unmanned aircraft photographers and videographers. Multirotors are commonly referred to as quadcopters, hexacopters, and octocopters. The Mikrokopter Hexakopter sparked a global awareness of these bug like flying machines. Equipped with a host of micro sensor packages, GPS, accelerometers, gyros, pressure sensors, magnetometers, and the like, these machines are capable of nearly complete autonomous flight. If outfitted with a telemetry system, they can be flown via a laptop with a Google Earth vertical map display along with other cockpit type instrumentation.

Today we have exciting new products like the DJI S800 Spreading Wings hexacopter which incorporates the latest in multirotor design innovation and ease of operation. It is not uncommon for new pilots to learn to fly the S800 in as little as a few days.

Jago Svensson has put together a custom quadrotor copter using a Gaui GU-344 quad flight controller and one of our mkTR camera mounts. He shot the video with a Canon T2i (550D). Stunning video! The best we’ve seen yet from a quadrotor copter.

Our mkTR v2 camera mount was designed to work specifically with the Mikrokopter Hexa, Hexa 2, Octo, and Octo 2 multirotor copters. However, it is not limited to only those copters. Many of our customers have adapted it to use with Hoverfly, Arducopter, Gaui, Xaircraft, and other multirotor copters with great results.

The mkTR v2 is a two axis system (tilt/roll). Both axis are proportional allowing for use of camera stabilizing drive from flight control boards that support it. The tilt axis is contained within the roll. This axis hierarchy is critical to successful stabilization by the copters accelerometers/gyros. Some other companies gimbals have the roll axis contained within the tilt. This arrangement is not optimal for accurate camera movements when stabilizing electronically from a flight control sensor array (as in 99% of all current multirotor aircraft.

We offer custom building services for mutirotor and helicopter aircraft. Prices start at $4,000 (quadcopter) and go up to $9,500 for (octocopter)..