|Nov 08, 2013, 10:12 PM|
Vector from Eagle Tree - Full Color OSD, Fixed Wing & Multirotor Controller with RTH
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Hey guys, we've had our heads down for a while working on the Vector, and finally I can talk about it! The goals for the product (set a long time ago) were to do some seemingly common sense things - things that we wanted ourselves in a controller:
So, here's what we've come up with.
Eagle Tree is excited to unveil the Vector FPV Controller!
Years in the making, the Vector has everything we've dreamed about having in one small, lightweight product:
The Vector system includes the base controller unit, the GPS/Magnetometer, and the Current Sensor/PSU. The Vector's feature list is quite long, so what follows is an overview of the main features:
Full Color OSD
The Vector's built-in OSD provides features not found anywhere else.
Utilizing our proven Guardian technology, the Vector's built-in, full featured flight controller is equally at home with both fixed wing (traditional, elevon, v-tail, etc.) and multirotor (quadcopter, hexacopter) aircraft.
And, since the controller is fully integrated with the OSD, everything can be adjusted via the onscreen menus, rather than needing to drag a laptop or other device to the field.
You can even move the Vector back and forth between your fixed wing and your multirotor at the field, with no PC configuration needed!
Advanced Flight Modes
Numerous flight modes are available, and are easily selectable via one or more switches on your radio:
Simple but Powerful Radio Control Interface
The Vector's receiver input harness with labeled connectors makes it easy to connect to any receiver.
The Vector supports three types of RC inputs:
Current Sensor with Integrated, Filtered Power Supply Unit (PSU)
Tired of using multiple batteries, LC filters, BECs for your video, etc.? The Vector's current sensor/PSU makes it super easy to power your equipment.
The current sensor is available with Deans, XT60, or wire leads.
The high efficiency, low noise PSU accepts up to 6S voltage input, and provides filtered 12V* and 5V output. It's perfect for powering most FPV gear, and also powers your receiver on multirotors with 'opto' ESCs, eliminating the need for an external BEC (the PSU should NOT be used to power servos!).
*Note that the 12V regulator does NOT boost the voltage, like a SEPIC. However, the Vector's 12V PSU has a unique Low Voltage Loss feature that drops the regulator's output by only about 0.5V if you are using a 3S pack operating below 12.5V. For example, if your 3S pack is at 11.5V, the regulator outputs about 11V. Other non-boost switching regulators typically drop the output voltage by 1.3V or more.
NOTE: SEPIC and other voltage boost regulators are generally less efficient and generate more UHF band noise, especially as your pack voltage drops, and in many cases you don't need one. All known cameras and many transmitters will operate well across the 3S voltage range. Check your transmitter manual's specs to determine this. If your transmitter does need a boost when operating at the lower end of 3S, a JST equipped boost regulator can easily be connected into the Vector's AV harness without needing to solder or cut wires.[/LIST]
Wiring Made Simple!
The Vector's innovative wiring harness makes it easy to connect your 5V or 12V cameras and transmitters without keeping an electrician on standby. If your camera and transmitter have servo style connectors already, you just need to plug them into the labeled plugs, select the appropriate voltages, and away you go. And, if you prefer to use two or even three flight batteries, additional filters, voltage boosters, etc., that's trivial to do without needing to do any rewiring. The harness also makes it easy to move the Vector from model to model without removing all of the wiring as well.
EagleEyes FPV Ground Station Compatibility
The Vector fully supports our EagleEyes Ground Station. On-screen menus make it easy to set up EagleEyes features. New, greatly simplified antenna tracking setup wizards make it easy to configure your EagleEyes compatible tracker.
Powerful PC Setup Software
Want to configure your Vector via your PC or laptop? Our powerful PC software and the Vector's USB interface make this easy. Drag and drop screen setup lets you see how the display will look as you configure it. Configuration files let you easily move your Vector from model to model without needing to reconfigure everything. Tabs for visualizing GPS flight data, setting manual waypoints , and many others make it quick and simple to fully utilize your Vector.
Data Logging and Telemetry
Of course, the Vector fully supports data logging of sensor and GPS parameters via internal storage, and our PC software lets you display, graph, visualize and save the data. Variable logging rates and advanced logging triggers are supported.
The Vector also embeds real-time telemetry in the video signal for use with the EagleEyes ground station.
Further, the Vector's UART port is compatible with open source telemetry transmitters and other hardware. We plan on supporting the UART interface with a variety of telemetry related features in the future.
Want to Learn More about the Vector Features and Ship Status?
We will be updating this page, our new Facebook page, and our Vector page here with all the latest information. We would love to get your feedback about the Vector also! Don't hesitate to post questions here or to email us directly!
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|Nov 09, 2013, 03:25 AM|
Joined Jan 2013
Shut up and take my money, Bill.
Very impressive announcement! I think that's the most impressive FPV product for some time past.
A couple of questions:
* Does the Vector supports old peripherals such as airspeed sensor?
* Does it supports autonomous mission on fixed wings and/or multicopters?
* Any additional requirements for cameras/video TX?
* Any hint on availability/price? Will we get it this year?
|Nov 09, 2013, 10:54 AM|
Joined Jan 2013
|Nov 09, 2013, 01:28 PM|
|Nov 10, 2013, 05:38 AM|
Excellent news Bill. Really pleased you are addressing the wiring issue. I have a quad with a Naza FC for FPV. I tried to fit my ET OSD and it was a nightmare, gave up and removed it. The Vector will be an excellent solution for FPV multirotor and fixed wing alike.
One request: can you please implement an autopilot with a simple mission planner, then it will be a worldbeater. Thanks, Mick
|Nov 11, 2013, 03:04 PM|
This is VERY cool Bill!!
One suggestion, arduplane has a feature called "cruise." I essentially set a waypoint 1km ahead and flies to it, compensating for cross wind. Once it reaches that, it set another way point ahead. This helps it to fly in a perfect line/track. That would be great for long distance flying.
That and some sort of altitude hold function, either with that 'cruise' mode or whatever, would be great. One issue I've had is while trying to circle and look at something, I end up in a dive.
Oh and just to clarify. This will work as a Flight Controller for a multicopter correct? Vs. providing those features in addition to a dedicated (third party) flight controller.
|Nov 11, 2013, 04:01 PM|
I like my current ET system so much, Im sure I'll eventually move to this...
Still having fun installing stuff in a new airframe.
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