The Eagle Tree team wanted has built an FPV controller with everything from their wish list.
This just in from Eagle Tree: Hey guys, we've had our heads down for a while working on the Vector, and finally I can talk about it! :D 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:
Years in the making, the Vector has everything we've dreamed about having in one small, lightweight product:
|Vector on a Funjet (3 min 47 sec)|
|Vector on a Multirotor! (5 min 31 sec)|
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.
Smooth, razor sharp color graphics - tired of staring at hard to read white text with clunky graphics? The Vector changes all that. WARNING: a full color OSD can be addictive! :) Colors are fully adjustable to your preference.
In addition to the graphical features shown above, nearly all of the Vector's parameters can be displayed in 3 ways:
Fully Customizable OSD Screens - Your way is the right way. You can select what features and parameters to display on multiple screens, and switch between them with a click of a switch. The display can be as simple or robust as you want it to be!
RSSI: The Vector supports four types of RSSI: Analog (fully buffered input)
PCM - some receivers output a varying pulserate to indicate signal strength, which the Vector supports.
Spektrum - all Spektrum FlightLog telemetry parameters are available for display, as well as a feature that combines them into a single RSSI display.
Virtual SPPMRSSI: some receivers output RSSI and link quality via the SPPM interface, which is supported.
Fast, easy control and menuing system - ]The Vector utilizes switch "gestures" and your control stick to let you rapidly scroll through menus and change parameters. All OSD parameters can be configured via the stick menus!
Kitchen sink - Of course, all the other OSD features you've come to expect from Eagle Tree, such as RADAR, ladders, compass, full 'F16' AHI, flight simulator, manual waypoints, monitoring of up to four battery voltages, and a huge list of parameters available for display are there in the Vector.
Advanced Flight Modes
Additionally, the following GPS control modes are supported, with additional modes planned:
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.
Wiring Made Simple! - The Vector's innovative wiring harness (so innovative we're not revealing it for for a little longer :) ) 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 announcing Vector pricing and availability as soon as possible! We will be our website frequently with all the latest information. We would love to get your feedback about the Vector also! Don't hesitate to post questions on one of our forums or to email us directly!
** ALL VECTOR INFORMATION PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE!!! ** Deans, Futaba, Spektrum and all other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective holders.
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