We designed Sprite to be first and foremost portable and rugged. A high-impact polycarbonate airframe, machined metal rotor system and strategic use of carbon fiber provide unprecedented levels of strength and rigidity. Sensitive electronic components are separated from typical sources of interference like motors and speed controllers.
Sprite's overall volume is just 215 cubic inches, less than one-seventh of a typical quadcopter. Put one (or two) into a standard backpack and still have plenty of room for extra batteries, the controller, even spare parts.
Sprite's modular design is optimized for performance and makes it an easy platform to upgrade. Need a more powerful transmitter, on a different frequency? Telemetry and video transmission equipment are easily accessible in the upper section of the vehicle.
Sprite's flight controller is based on the opensource APM/Pixhawk architecture, one of the most widely used flight control and navigation systems in the world. Tens of thousands of users have made this the standard platform for commercial and industrial applications. Advanced users can customize just about every parameter of Sprite's navigation and control functions.
At the bottom of the vehicle, payloads can be removed and replaced with a simple quarter-twist. Additional interfaces are planned that will enable Sprite to accommodate popular cameras, gimbals and other accessories. Modules can be stacked, and ports are already provided for power and logic functions, making it easier to adapt Sprite to emerging technologies or even your own custom payloads.
|Overall length||13.5 in. (350mm)|
|Diameter (payload interface)||3.8 in. (100mm)|
|Empty weight (no battery)||2.53 lbs. (1,150g)|
|Displacement||215 cu. in. (3,520 cc)|
|Battery||14.8v 4S 4,000mAH 20C|
|Typical payload weight||8-16 oz. (250-500g)|
|Standard Gimbal Assembly|
|Overall Length||6.0 in (150mm)|
|Weight||14 oz. (420g)|
|Endurance (no payload)||25 minutes|
|Endurance (typical payload)||10-12 minutes|
|Maximum forward speed||33 mph (15 m/s)|
|Operating temperature||20-120 deg. F (-6 to 49 deg C)|
|Maximum Demonstrated Winds|
|Takeoff & landing (with landing legs)||15 mph (7 m/s)|
|Takeoff & landing (without landing legs)||5 mph (3 m/s)|
|Normal operations||25 mph (11 m/s)|