xCraft’s X PlusOne is a hybrid quadcopter fixed wing drone
The vertical take off and landing flying wing / quadcopter hybrid from xCraft that can go up to 60 MPH. At its core the X PlusOne is a revolutionary hybrid. It combines multi-rotor capabilities with high speed flight from its fixed wing. The X PlusOne feels right at home hovering with the multi-rotors or skimming the treetops at blistering speeds!
How it Works
From the X PlusOne product page:
The X PlusOne can take off, hover, and land like a traditional multi-rotor, but that’s where the similarities stop. The key differentiator is this: In place of the quadcopter frame is an upward facing wing. This allows the X PlusOne to pitch over 90 degrees and fly nose-first at over 60 mph (100 km/h), twice as fast as a traditional quadcopter! Flight control is handled by varying motor speed to provide pitch, roll, and yaw control, even in forward flight mode. There are no traditional flight control surfaces on the X PlusOne. Thereby saving weight and complexity and ensuring the overall design remains clean and efficient.
- Dimensions: 32.5 x 19 x 14 inches
- Flying weight: 2.9 lbs
- Patent-pending hybrid quadcopter flying wing design
- Speed range: hover – 60 mph (100 kph)
- Flight time: Approx 20 minutes
- Breaks down for easy transportation
- Optional 2-axis brushless gimbal for GoPro
- Optional fixed GoPro mount
- Optional fixed micro DV camera
- Optional GoPro Hero HD action camera
Update January 2016: Phone Drone
xCraft may now be more known for its Phone Drone product. Currently expected for deliveries to start in Fall 2016, the PhoneDrone Ethos is a lower price point drone quadcopter that looks more like a flying smartphone. From xCraft’s website the phone drone is priced at pre-order for USD 299. There must be something there because, with the PhoneDrone in their pitch they landed a record breaking $1.5million deal on ABC’s hit show the Shark Tank.