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Eight winged copter UAV can haul HD camera through the skies, get unique hovering shots

Shenzhen, China-based Da-Jiang ("Great Territory") Innovations (DJI) Science and Technology Co., Ltd. has been earning a name for itself in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry with its Phantom line of quadcopters (similar to Parrot's AR Drone) and its Spreading Wings line of hexacopters.
At its booth at the CES Unveiled event last night, DJI was showing of an incredible octacopter design, dubbed the S1000, which will launch later this year for north of $3,000 USD (pricing has not yet been finalized).  The unique design is expected to offer some unique aerial videography or surveillance option -- plus it's rather wicked looking.

The controller for the current-generation Phantom video copter uses your smartphone as a display. [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

Here are the specs:
  • 43.3-inch (1.1 meter) base
  • 8x Foldable arms
    • Carbon fiber
    • 4114 Motors
  • 8x propellers
    • 15-inch (381 mm)
    • Composite
  • Aircraft weight: 4.3 kg
  • Z15-5D Gimbal, 15000mah Battery
    • 15 min
    • 4.0 lb (1.8 kg)
  • Z15-5D Gimbal, 20000mah Battery
    • 19 min
    • 5.3 lb (2.4 kg)
  • Carry weight: 10 kg
  • Retractable landing gear
The S1000 "Spreading Wings" octacopter measures an impressive meter wide.
[Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

DJI was not showing off the flight system for the S1000, but the Phantom and similar models use a proprietary hand controller that uses your smartphone as its heads up display.
Let's hope the octacopter stays on our side and doesn't go terminator on us.

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Slight tweaks
By Nortel on 1/7/2014 10:14:23 AM , Rating: 2
Gold Rush Alaska has been using a DJI S800 Hexacopter to get some great shots for awhile now. I'm surprised this new model has generated much fanfare.

RE: Slight tweaks
By Adonlude on 1/7/2014 1:15:39 PM , Rating: 2
Can anyone explain what having extra rotors buys you? It seems to me that 3 would be all that is needed for stable flight and with proper power and controls it could do everything. Is there some sort of engine power to weight gain with more rotors? Do more rotors give you the same control but with less software requirement?

RE: Slight tweaks
By Rukkian on 1/7/2014 1:19:04 PM , Rating: 2
Moar Power!

I was wondering the same thing. I wonder if it provides redundancy in case of issues.

RE: Slight tweaks
By GMF on 1/7/2014 2:01:53 PM , Rating: 2
With shorter wings.

RE: Slight tweaks
By AssBall on 1/7/2014 2:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
If you had 3 rotors you would have to balance them weirdly to avoid precession. With more rotors you get more stability. with more stability get more precise control.

RE: Slight tweaks
By AssBall on 1/7/2014 2:07:03 PM , Rating: 2
Also of course redundancy is good in a flying machine to prevent catastrophic failure (crashing).

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