In a year in which DJI has yet to launch a new drone, the competition is heating up. Parrot keeps prodding DJI at the lower end of the market with lightweight and affordable drones. Skydio is about to launch a competitor to the DJI Mavic 2 drone series. And today. FreeFly introduces the Alta X, a drone aimed at film and documentary makers, that puts new competitive pressure to the top of the drone market. Let’s take a closer look and see what FreeFly offers us with the Alta X.
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FreeFly introduces the Alta X
The Alta X is a high-end drone, priced at $15,995 (payload such as camera, lens, and gimbal not included). This new quadcopter from FreeFly features a new foldable design that allows you to deploy the drone very quickly (less than two minutes, according to FreeFly).
The drone allows you to mount a gimbal to either to bottom or top of the aircraft. With a 20-pound payload such as the Mövi Carbon, you can fly the Alta X for about 20 minutes. With a maximum payload, the flight time is reduced to about 10 minutes. However, when you mount smaller, lighter payload packages, your flight time might be as long as 40 minutes. During testing, a top speed of 85 mph was achieved.
The FreeFly Alta X drone features a new and unique propeller mechanism for drones, called the ActiveBlade. This reduces vibrations from the props to about one-fifth of the normal level. The video explains it as follows:
ActiveBlade compensates for the dissymmetry of lift and cyclic loading as the Alta X blasts through the sky.
FreeFly strived to achieve the payload-carrying capacity of a large prop quadcopter with the precision of an octocopter.
We designed Alta X from the ground up to capitalize on the benefits of large, efficient props while maintaining the crisp control and unmatched precision the Alta line is known for.
Specifications for FreeFly’s Alta X
|Alta X Specs|
|Dimensions||Unfolded Diameter (not including props)
Unfolded Diameter (Including Props)
|Powerplant||Number of Motors
Motor Max Continuous Power Output
Motor Max Instantaneous Peak Power Output
130 A (>3s)
|Propellers||Make and Model
Ultra Carbon Pro
(2) CW and (2) CCW Props
840 x 230 mm Folding
|Battery||Nominal Battery Voltage
Required Minimum Battery Discharge Rating (Per Pack)
320 Amps per battery (assumes two batteries) 20C for a 16A-hr pack.
|Weight||Maximum Gross for Takeoff
Typical Standard Empty weight
|34.86kg (see performance charts)
|Flight Controller||Autopilot Name
Supported Radio Controller Telemetry Systems
Minimum Radio Controller Channels Required
Default Data Logging Rate
|Custom PX4 flight control stack
Manual, altitude, position, mission, loiter, orbit, return
Futaba, Spektrum, PX4 compatible SBUS and PPM receivers
Voltage feed provided for Futaba RX telemetry
5 (roll, pitch, yaw, throttle, mode)
Varies, 25hz for main flight data
|Lighting and Indication||Orientation Lights
Orientation Light Color Options
|Boom tip mounted lights
Colors can be set in software – red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, purple, white, off.
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