A quadcopter for for students to assemble from the ground up.
- Requires a signed user agreement prior to purchase see resources tab for information
- ELEV-8 Flight Controller—onboard 32-bit Propeller multicore microcontroller, 3D accelerometer/gyro/magnometer, altimeter, XBee socket, and multiple expansion ports to support your projects
- Robust & Open Chassis—durable yet machinable aluminum, composite, Delrin, and acrylic parts make upgrades and customization a breeze
We've thoughtfully engineered the entire quadcopter as a durable yet highly functional aerial development platform. A generous 3lb payload capacity or flights up to 20 minutes on a single battery support the experiments and applications you want to pursue.
The entire system is designed in a clean, open plan that requires no soldering for assembly. It is rugged enough to survive most minor crashes (inevitable if you're doing development, as we well know).
At the heart of the quadcopter is the ELEV-8 Flight Controller. We’ve developed our own in-house, so we can keep the Flight Controller, thoroughly-commented C-language firmware, airframe hardware, and Ground Station software tightly integrated as we continue to add features and develop accessories and applications.
We invite you to do the same. Because we strongly believe in the power of hands-on learning, we're releasing all of our firmware and software code as well as the PCB and airframe design files for your use. (See the Downloads section for open-source files.)
Higher Education — a ground-breaking tool to aid college students in the understanding of physics, mathematics, control systems, programming, and engineering
Research & Development — use as an aerial platform for data acquisition, materials transport, or anything else you can imagine!
Aerial Imaging — adapt your ELEV-8 to capture stunning photos and videos from the air!
While it is great for learning, the ELEV-8 v3 is not a toy. Improper or negligent use can cause bodily injury or property damage.
Recommended for ages 18 or over.
If you own an ELEV-8 v3 Quadcopter you must register it with the Federal Aviation Adminstration's UAS Registry before flying outdoors.
A USB A to Micro B cable is required to load flight controller firmware, not included.
An RF transmitter and receiver, Li-po battery (3300 mAh or 5300 mAh), and battery charger are required for flight, not included. For detailed requirements, please see the ELEV-8 v3 Quadcopter Assembly Guide.
Motor axis diameter (excluding propellers): 22.2 inches (565 mm)
Outer diameter (including propellers): 33.2 inches (844 mm)
Total height: 8.0 inches (203 mm)
Collapsed size (booms folded, propellers & landing gear removed): 24.3 x 5.8 x 4.1 inches (616 x 146 x 103 mm)
As-sold weight (excluding battery and RC receiver): 37.0 ounces (1.05 kg)
Ready-to-fly weight (including 5300 mAh battery and Spektrum AR610 receiver): 51.9 ounces (1.47 kg)
Maximum takeoff weight (MTOW): 6.2 lbs (2.8 kg)
Maximum payload (excluding a 5300 mAh battery): 3.0 lbs (1.4 kg)
Build time: 5-10 hours
Ordering information: Kit contents include (1) - ELEV-8 Flight Controller; (4) - 11x4.5R (Clockwise) Nylon Glass-Fiber Multirotor Propellers; (4) - 11x4.5L (Counter-Clockwise) Nylon Glass-Fiber Multirotor Propellers; (4) - KEDA 2217-1000kV Brushless Outrunner Motors (with propeller adapters and extra long wires with pre-soldered 3.5mm bullet connectors); (4) - Parallax xRotor 20A Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC) (running customized BLHeli firmware, with pre-soldered 3.5mm bullet connectors); (1) - Parallax ELEV-8 Power Distribution Board (with sixteen 3.5mm bullet connectors, four 3-pin headers for accessories, and a power cable for batteries with EC3 connectors); (1) - Airframe kit with anodized aluminum booms and high-strength composite body plates; (1) - Hardware kit with all the necessary screws, nuts, washers, and spacers; (1) - Electronics kit with all the necessary wires and connectors; and (1) - Safety Glasses.
Note: An RF transmitter and receiver, Li-po battery (3300 mAh or 5300 mAh), and battery charger are required for flight, not included. A USB A to Micro B cable is required to load flight controller firmware updates, not included.