Since I traveled with my tiny mosquito for the last 4 weeks through the Philippines I want to show you how compact a full field fpv setup can be.
Mosquito 130mm racer
Eachine EV100 goggles
4x lipo 3S 800mAh
2x lipo 4S 650mAh
Eachine ROTG01 receiver for spotters
Eachine battery for goggles
Camera bag from „hama“
ISTD battery checker
Find also below an example what video quality is possible with this 2130gr field setup. What’s missing is tools for maintenance, a charger and spareparts. But this depends partly on the skills of the pilot and the rigidness of the frame. I didn’t even killed one part of the racer in the last 4 weeks. I also didn’t use tools for maintenance as it was flying like a charm.
You can shrink down the fieldsetup with less batteries. But for longer flight sessions these 6 lipos had been far enough in my opinion.
Ok, they took these rules back in June 2017 but at that time also many countries worldwide jumped on their references and the 250gr limit. In a lot of these countries there is no way to prevent being forced to register or to mark your small quad with address and name. In addition to that there are a lot of rules which make it quite uncomfortable to practice our hobby.
But what if there is a solution for all your concerns? What if there is a frame which has the same stability like your oldschooled 5” or bigger? What if there is a frame which has same speeds, or even more acceleration like your beloved quadracer?
Most of you will say: “Yeah, we know there are models with less weight than 250g but you have restrictions like, flight times, bad stability and of course NO GOPRO for HD footage!”
I will answer: Yes, you´re partly right but nowadays there are solutions for your concerns without limitations.
How?… and here comes the conclusion:
Since August 2017 I’ve used my free time working on a ground braking frame design which will provide exactly what I described above and even more:
a setup below 250gr (frame less than 50gr)
compact size (136mm motor-motor diagonal)
a stable design which can handle hard crashes and stress
fully HD coverage
easily to maintain
all components highly protected
battery position should be as safe as possible
All this is only possible due to some facts: really lightweight design, state-of-the-art materials, super compact size, vertical to motor axis and tilted arms and much experience in frame designs.
First prototypes flew and gave tremendous results in flight times more than I expected. A drawback a few weeks ago wasn´t really a drawback but results in redesigning the frame from the scratch and deleting all weak points but with all benefits the frame already had. Today I´m able to introduce the “mosquito”
A lot of water was running down the river since my last post on project mosquito. Since 2 days the baby is flying and fullfils all my expectations. A reason why it takes that long is that I have to redesign everything after the 2. prototype broke in the middle at a hard crash on concrete. Now there are no holes in the sideplates anymore which results that all circuit boards are sitting inside a protected cabin. Even more: Mosquito gots tilted arms sponsored and weights less than 250gr (exactly 246,3gr with battery)
Flight times are around 6 minutes, depends on how you fly the beast.
I took some time this weekend to optimize the frame. The frame has now a dyadic setup which means the sideplates can be separated in two parts which makes maintenance on the electronics much more easier. This dyadic setup seperates the lower part which we right now call the rail and the frame housing. So it is possible to pull the main housing and then you access the drivetrain and all electronics. Weight 171,7gr without the battery. I have two 800mAh 3s sources here weighting in at 82gr (with long cables and xt60 connectors). So I will short the really long wires and change it to a xt30. This will bring the setup below the magic mark of 250gr.
It’s long time ago that I posted news about my latest quad project. Here it is – the brand new prototype of my moskito – a 3″ quad with full 1080p recording capability and racing formfactor. This beast is compliant with the german „below-250gr“ rule. So take your googles and punch this 135mm frame into the air and have fun with your recorded hd video footage later.
This babe will be one of the most efficient quads in this size due to it’s unique and futuristic design. Stay tuned…