Team BlackSheep just announced a completely new multirotor called the TBS Gemimi, a mini FPV racing hexacopter!
Team BlackSheep is a great FPV company, but let’s be honest, it’s been a while since they’ve come out with any big products like the TBS Discovery. So to see a completely new multirotor design from them is really exciting. The TBS Gemini is a mini hexacopter made specifically for FPV racing. They’re claiming that it will “rip through trees and leave the competition in the dust at races” which I usually wouldn’t believe if it wasn’t for the fact that the video below clearly shows their mini hexacopter flying at what looks like over 50 miles per hour! If you want more info on where the frame design came from, you can read about it here
This thing has so many cool features that it just can’t be summed up in one little sentence. That’s why I’m going to list off each feature and talk about it for a bit.
Aerodynamic Canopy The first thing that you’ll notice about the Gemini is that It has a very sleek and aerodynamic design. Even the optional Mobius camera will be tucked inside the frame. I can imagine that helping with not only speed, but also stability in forward-flight.
Forward-Tilting Motors The second thing you’ll notice is that all 6 motors are tilted forward. Because of this, it should be more efficient in forward-flight since the drone won’t have to tilt at such a high angle (which can cause more wind resistance).
10 Minute Flight Time Most mini quadcopters and hexacopters get about 5 to 7 minutes of flight time, so 10 minutes is actually really good for this type of machine. I’m going to assume that the reason for this is because it’s not very heavy, but I’m not entirely sure. They said the weight will be about 340 to 370 grams with a battery.
Clean Design And Layout Like the Discovery, the TBS Gemini will have a vary clean design inside and out. At this point, I can only assume how all the electronics will be connected together. They say it has a “fully-modular, crash friendly ESC and flight control installation” and From what it sounds like, a lot of parts might actually drop into place like an Arduino shield. But who really knows!
Taulabs-Based Flight Control For me, one of the coolest things about this drone is that it’s going to use a somewhat new flight control platform that most of you have probably never heard about. It’s called Taulabs, a platform that was developed by a group of volunteers who worked on Open Pilot and wanted to branch off to create a platform with more freedom. Basically, they’ve taken all the good stuff from open pilot, multiwii and a few other things and made an awesome new branch of software to use with a bunch of different boards (including “but not limited to” the CC3D and Revolution). There are a few other features about the Gemini that I could talk about, but those are the main things that stuck out to me the most.
Price And Release Date
The price will start at under $600 for a ready-to-fly version (not including a receiver). Eventually, there will probably be a lot of add-ons that bring the price up to over $1000, but having a base price of 600 doesn’t sound too bad for what you’re getting. You should be able to start preordering at the end of august, but it won’t arrive until late september/october, so I wouldn’t hold your breath. You’ll also be able to buy all of the parts individually to make a custom Gemini once production ramps up. With all of the excitement that’s built up since the Gemini was announced, this thing is definitely not going to be easy to get, but it should be well worth the wait. Hopefully, In the meantime Immersion RC will also be releasing a mini quadcopter for FPV racing. I know that they’re working on one, but who knows when it will be out.