We recently had the pleasure of building out this nice little 1200mm cinema drone. When you look at what is available on the market for multirotors (cinema or otherwise) there are not a lot of option that put the MTOW (max take off weight) directly at 25 kg or 55 lbs. You would think this would be the golden number for any heavy lift system because 25kg is the legal MTOW in most countries. (unless you have a waiver/ 333 or other exemption) But oddly enough that's not the case.
Our client does great work with the DJI Inspire and Freefly Alta but they were looking for something that could lift more weight and could have a better flight time. We calculated this aircraft would get between 12-15 minutes of flight with 10Ah batteries and 20lb load and we were pleased our calculations were right on the money. This aircraft was meant to meet the following goals from our client.
- Cinema Aircraft for holding Freefly Movi Pro or DJI Ronin 2 gimbals
- Easy to operate (similar interface to DJI Inspire)
- Max takeoff weight around 25kg
- 1 Case for easy transport
- Redundant flight contoller system.
To accomplish this we chose our 1200 size S frame to accommodate 22" props and 4 high capacity lithium batteries. For this system we recommend 4x 12Ah or 4x 10Ah batteries from Tattu. Because this frame is built for cinema we included the Z bend style arms to raise the arms above the camera payload and added retractable landing gear. The A3 Pro flight controller with Lightbridge controller was an easy choice as it makes flying this aircraft not only buttery smooth, but a very similar flying experience to the DJI Inspire 2.
I've done my best to try and make a quick comparison between some of the readily available models. I'll be the first to admit this is an oversimplification but it's meant to give you rough idea of cost comparison. I did not include flight time comparisons because other companies will generally overstate their flight times and I can only compare from our real life numbers at the test field. There are a lot of factors that can't be put into this table so if you have questions and want more direct pro/con list feel free to email
|Aircraft||Weight (Dry)||Useful* Load||MTOW||Base Price w/ TX, FPV, Case|
|BFD Systems 1200s||8.5kg||18.3kg||26.8kg||$17,000.00|
|Freefly Alta 8||6.2kg||12kg||18.1||$18,464.00|
*Available Battery and Payload capacity weight
This is a great aircraft for cinema use although it could be a big hit for a number of industries. We design around your needs so if you have a project you want to get airborne drop us a line. (email@example.com)