Stedidrone Mavrik X4 Fully Autonomous Mapping Platform.

By Charles Hidalgo on Sep 15, 2017

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This is a Stedidrone Mavrik X4 . It is a workhorse and I've used it for mapping for well over a year. It will fly camera combos up to 900 grams which is a huge choice of cameras/lenses. It also has a sliding rail system for quick and easy balancing for different camera and battery combos. The gimbal shoots straight up or down 90 degrees with no props in the way. It's running full pixhawk 3dr and has a dragonlink rx installed for long range control though most missions are flown autonomously controlled with a laptop PC running Mission Planner software. The gimbal has a separate power switch underneath to power it on/off independently.
This is foldable and breaks down and sets up in a minute or two and is also a very stable platform for video and amazing 24MP stills with the Sony a6000.
Ive been using iDroneLink "Fighting Walrus" which allows 915MZHz communication with an ipad that was previously only compatible with android tablet or a Windows PC.

Some brief video of a few control features.:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=je2_a9JhpK4&feature=youtu.be

iDroneLink module telemetry for ipad

Photos

Part List

Frame

1000 x MAVRIK X4 - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Spacecitydrones.com
$3,790.00

Flight Controller

Holybro Pix32 “PixHawk” Flight Controller Set (2 builds)
Getfpv.com
$129.99

Propellers

2 x T-Motor Carbon Fiber Prop (2pcs) - 15 X 5 (2 builds)
Readymaderc.com
$111.80

FPV Camera

SonyAlpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black)
Bhphotovideo.com
$898.00

FPV Transmitter

1.3GHz 1000mw Transmitter - INTL VERSION (3 builds)
Readymaderc.com
$80.99

Antenna

IBCrazy 1.3GHz Bluebeam Ultra Antenna (3 builds)
Getfpv.com
$64.99

Receiver

Dragon Link Micro Receiver - Next Gen Firmware - 12" Antenna
Readymaderc.com
$97.99

Radio

FrSky 2.4G 16CH Taranis X9D Plus Transmitter SPECIAL EDITION w/ M9 Gimbals (48 builds)
Getfpv.com
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HD Camera

YI Action Camera 1080P Lime Green White Black 16MP Full HD 155 degree Ultra-wide Angle Sports Mini Camera (Green/China/Camera On (3 builds)
Amazon.com
$95.00

HD Camera

Gopro HERO 3+ Camera Black Edition Camera Camcorder CHDHX-302 (3 builds)
$9.00

HD Camera

Gopro HERO 3+ Camera Black Edition Camera Camcorder CHDHX-302 (3 builds)
Ebay.com
$84.99

HD Camera

Adorama
Adorama.com
$70.00

HD Camera

OlympusM.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 Lens (Black) (2 builds)
Bhphotovideo.com
$649.00

HD Camera

GoPro HERO4 Black Edition 4K Action Camera Camcorder 32GB Bundle 10 - Newegg.com (5 builds)
Newegg.com
$277.99

HD Camera

GoPro HERO5 Session (300 builds)
Getfpv.com
$199.99

Misc Parts

SonyE 20mm f/2.8 Lens
Bhphotovideo.com
$348.00

Misc Parts

Dragon Link V3 Advanced SLIM (transmitter Only)
Readymaderc.com
$234.00
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Discussion

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novas242001   Sep 16, 2017  

Nice build. How much flight minutes do u get?

Charles Hidalgo   Sep 17, 2017 

It depends on what batteries and what task exactly is being preformed but a solid 15-18 minutes usually.

metropolis   Sep 15, 2017  

What an awesome build!!

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