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The ultimate tech toy

The Carbon Flyer is the world's first all carbon fiber personal drone, controlled by Bluetooth, with an onboard video camera. Its highly durable construction surpasses every other remotely controlled plane, easily surviving the inevitable crashes. Fun to fly, easy to control, and beautiful to behold, this high tech toy is perfect for the RC enthusiast, the gadget lover or the inner child in everyone!

The Carbon Flyer is packed with technology. In addition to its super tough carbon fiber airframe, it features an ultra-low drag delta-wing design, allowing for high speeds and superior control; it uses dual high power motors with differential thrust to steer, with no fragile moving parts; it is controlled via long range Bluetooth 4.0 and a smartphone app; it features hot-swappable, rechargeable lithium ion batteries, and it has an onboard camera for taking video while it is flying. In addition, the Carbon Flyer airframe is assembled using carbon nanotube enhanced epoxy which creates bonds stronger than steel welds. It is, in fact, the world's first mainstream product to utilize this amazing material technology.

Features: Carbon Flyer

 

Learn more about each feature

 

(Prototype pictured above in hand and on stand.)

Introducing CF Free Flight

Tech specs 

 

  • Length: 14.75"
  • Wingspan: 7"
  • Height: 3"
  • Weight: 1.5 oz.

Feature Details

Carbon Fiber Body

 

Carbon Flyer's airframe (body) is created entirely of carbon fiber, a material consisting of thin, strong crystalline filaments composed of nearly pure carbon. Usually used only for exotic cars, commercial and military aircraft, or very high end sports equipment, this strong, stiff, thin fiber is 100 times stronger by weight than steel and 1,000 times stronger than the toughest foam found in most RC airplanes.

Carbon Nanotube Impregnated Epoxy 

 

The weakest point in the Carbon Flyer's airframe is the epoxy bonds connecting the wings to the fuselage. In order to make the plane crash proof, we worked with OCSiAl, the world's leading carbon nanotech company, to develop a nanotube enhanced adhesive. Each plane will have approximately 100,000,000,000,000,000 nanotubes in it, making the epoxy bonds stronger than steel welds. This is the first product EVER to feature this amazing material.

Delta Wing Design 

 

The stiffness, lightness, and toughness of the carbon fiber allowed us to create a very low-drag delta wing body. This allows for high speeds (640kph scale equivalent) for a plane so small, as well as providing a forgiving user experience fun for all ages and skill levels.

Impact Nose Cone 

The Carbon Flyer has a rugged plastic nose cone to protect it from harm during crashes and to reduce any harm it causes by hitting people or property if the pilot isn't careful. In the making of our video, we crashed one into a concrete wall over 30 times with no harm to the plane other than scuff marks on the tip. The Nose Cone is also vital to balancing the plane so that it flies properly.

Carbon Flyer App 

Control Carbon Flyer from your iPhone or Android device through a long-range Bluetooth 4.0 connection from up to 80 yards line of sight. This is almost the length of a football field, and more than enough for such a small plane. Steer by tilting your smartphone left or right, and throttle by sliding your thumb up and down. Receive real-time battery life and signal strength indication. App features SmartLink technology by TobyRich.

(NOTE: If we reach our stretch goal of $250,000, we will also be able to integrate app control of the onboard camera (which will also allow for still shots) and running lights, which requires redesigning our circuitry as well as updating the app.)

Camera

 

The Carbon Flyer features an onboard video camera to capture amazing aerial footage to share with your friends. The base model includes a 640x480 regular resolution camera which is manually controlled. Again, if we meet our $250,000 stretch goal, the cameras will be remotely operable. Download and share files from its micro SD Card.

(NOTE: Due to cost, weight and power considerations, the video is NOT streaming on the Carbon Flyer. Due to its high speeds, it is not really advantageous to stream the video in any case, as it requires watching the plane to steer it properly.)

Lithium Battery

 

 

The Carbon Flyer is powered by a rechargeable, hot-swappable 1S 3.7V 150mAh 25C lithium polymer battery capable of approximately 3 minutes flight time. Since the battery is hot-swappable, with a pocketful of batteries you can fly all afternoon. A micro USB charger cable is included.

Thrust Vector Steering

 

The Carbon Flyer is powered by twin high output 7mm coreless motors. It is steered via thrust vectoring. That is, the power is reduced to one motor to cause it to turn in that direction. This servo-less design has no moving parts that are fragile and prone to breakage.

LED Running Lights

The Carbon Flyer has high output LED running lights located at each motor for easy tracking at dusk or night. Different colors at each wing allow the pilot to determine which way the plane is pointing even in low light conditions.

Display Stand

The Carbon Flyer is a work of art and a technological marvel. Display it with pride on your office desk, book shelf, or display case using this elegant plastic display stand.

Project timeline

 

May 2013

  • The idea is born

August 2013

  • Carbon fiber airframe development begins

March 2014

  • First airframe prototype free flight

May - October 2014

  • Electronics and plastics development begins
  • First powered flight using rough prototype
  • Refinement of airframe, plastics and electronics
  • Nearly-finalized prototype flown
  • Sourcing and production launch partner selected
  • Carbon Fiber supplier selected
  • First sample carbon fiber planes delivered and tested
  • Electronics supplier and final assembler selected
  • Working prototype app tested and validated
  • Facebook page launched
  • Video production begins

November 2014

  • Campaign launches!

After Launch

  • Plastics and electronics design finalized and realized
  • Campaign lands
  • Plastic and electronics tooling ordered
  • App finalized for Android and iOS
  • Tooling completed
  • Preproduction units received and tested
  • Production approved and full production initiated
  • App released to Apple Stores and Google Play
  • First delivery received in our offices
  • Begin fulfillment of perks in order received
  • Final orders fulfilled

FAQ

  • Where is the Carbon Flyer made?
    The Carbon Flyer was designed in Columbus, Ohio. It will be manufactured in China.
  • When are the perks expected to ship?
    We will fulfill perks in the order they are received. We are aiming to start fulfillment in July 2015 and it is our goal to ship to all our backers by September 2015. We will be maniacs on a mission to hit this deadline, but product development often has unexpected hiccups, so we cannot guarantee this. We will keep our backers apprised of our expected delivery timeframes as we get more information.

    Delivery timeframes will also depend in part on how many orders we receive. The carbon fiber airframes are produced by hand, one at a time, so there will be a limit to how many we can create in one month. We will scale our tooling to increase output based on how many orders we receive, but our supplier has a limit to how many we can produce based on the size of the ovens where the carbon fiber is cured.
  • What is the Warranty?
    We provide a limited warranty that guarantees you receive your Carbon Flyer free of manufacturing defects.
  • Does the video stream?
    Streaming video via Bluetooth is not supported by Apple iOS and won’t be available in the first version of the App for either Android or Apple devices. Future versions of the Android App may include a streaming video option, and if Apple decides to make it available, we will also explore integrating it for iOS as well.
  • Can I change or cancel my perk?
    Indiegogo policy dictates that campaign owners have no ability to adjust your perk selection. That means we cannot upgrade your perk, we cannot change your perk and we cannot cancel your perk. Please note that contributions made on indiegogo are also non-refundable.
  • How long does the battery last?
    The battery is a 3.7 volt 1s Lithium Polymer battery with a capacity of 150 mAh. The amount of flight time will depend in part on how you fly, but we calculate it should fly for approximately 3 minutes. This is actually quite a long time to look up at the sky and should be plenty for a satisfying flight. The batteries will be hot-swappable, so a handful of batteries will allow for an afternoon of fun.
  • How do I recharge the battery?
    To recharge the battery, simply make sure that your battery is connected to your Carbon Flyer and then plug in the provided Micro-USB cable to your Carbon Flyer. You can use 3rd party chargers at your own risk. We are not liable for any damage that may occur from the use of non-authorized chargers.
  • How long does the battery take to recharge?
    Approximately 15 minutes.
  • How do I swap the battery?
    The Carbon Flyer is powered by a 25c 1s Lithium Polymer battery with a micro-jst connector. To replace the battery, simply remove the jst plug and put your new battery in.
  • What is the top speed?
    The top speed of the Carbon Flyer is estimated at approximately 40 miles per hour.
  • What is the range of the Bluetooth connection?
    Our supplier tells us the Bluetooth module supports distances up to 240 feet, though your results may vary depending on your location.
  • Where do I get the Carbon Flyer App?
    The free Carbon Flyer app will be released for Android and Apple phones via the Apple Store and Google Play.
  • Where do I pay for shipping?
    You need to add your shipping cost in the additional donation field when you back the campaign.
  • How is shipping handled?
    We will be shipping via the United States Postal Service First Class mail with delivery confirmation. International shipments will be sent via International First Class.

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