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M500 Reference Drone Datasheet

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  1. M500 Reference Drone Datasheet
    1. High-Level Specs
    2. System Overview
    3. m500 Labeled
    4. PX4 Tuning Parameters
    5. Motor Configuration
    6. Connectivity for Remote Operation
    7. Gimbal Specs (Optional Add-on)
      1. VOXL-m500-R2-G1

voxl-m500

High-Level Specs

SpecicifcationVOXL-M500-DK-R2-2VOXL-M500-DK-R2-G1-2
Take-off Weight1075g with battery (820g w/o battery)TBD
SizeLength: 15.5”
Width: 15.5”
Height to:
- Bottom Plate: 2.25”
- Top of Flight Deck: 4.5”
- Top of GPS: 8”
Length: 15.5”
Width: 15.5”
Height to:
- Bottom Plate: 6.25”
- Top of Flight Deck: 8.5”
- Top of GPS: 12”
Flight Time>20 minutesTBD
Payload Capacity (Impacts Flight Time)1kgTBD
Motors2216 880KV2216 880KV
Propellers10” (1045)
Replacement
10” (1045)
Replacement
Frames500
Replacement
s500
Replacement
ESCs*BLHeli 20ABLHeli 20A
ComputingVOXL FlightVOXL Flight
Flight ControlPX4 on VOXL FlightPX4 on VOXL Flight
Image SensorsStereo, Tracking, 4k High-resolutionStereo, Tracking, 4k High-resolution
IP CommunicationWiFi built-in, LTE or Microhard optionalWiFi built-in, LTE or Microhard optional
R/C (Remote Control)Configured for Spektrum DSMX (either DSMX-SPM9645 or DSMX-SPM9745), compatible with most DIY R/C systems through expansion I/O on Flight CoreConfigured for Spektrum DSMX (either DSMX-SPM9645 or DSMX-SPM9745), compatible with most DIY R/C systems through expansion I/O on Flight Core
Power ModulePower Module v3Power Module v3
BatteryUp to 5S (not included, recommended - select XT60 connector)Up to 5S (not included, recommended - select XT60 connector)
Additional ComponentsN/AGimbal w/o Camera, details below
Landing GearPolycarbonate Round Tube 1/2” OD, 3/8” ID, ClearPolycarbonate Round Tube 1/2” OD, 3/8” ID, Clear
Battery StandoffsScrews: Black-Oxide Alloy Steel Socket Head Screw, M2.5 x 0.45 mm Thread, 20 mm Long 91290A108
Spacers: Aluminum Unthreaded Spacer, 4.500 mm OD, 14 mm Long, for M2.5 Screw Size 94669A108
Screws: Black-Oxide Alloy Steel Socket Head Screw, M2.5 x 0.45 mm Thread, 20 mm Long 91290A108
Spacers: Aluminum Unthreaded Spacer, 4.500 mm OD, 14 mm Long, for M2.5 Screw Size 94669A108
  • NOTE: very early m500 shipments have ESCs with “black/red/white” wires, where latter shipments have “black/red/yellow” wires. These ESCs have slightly different performance and shouldn’t be mixed together on the same vehicle.

System Overview

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m500 Labeled

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PX4 Tuning Parameters

Our engineers have spent a lot of time finely tuning this vehicle, and the parameters are available here

Motor Configuration

The propellers have arrows on them as to which way they should turn. Motor configuration in the image below.

voxl-m500-motor-configuration.png

Connectivity for Remote Operation

Connectivity OptionUse CaseDetails
Spektrum R/CManual remote control of the vehicleConfigure
WiFiShort range (~100m) IP connectivity for debug and nearby flightsSetup
LTELong Range, BVLOS operationUser Manual
Datasheet
MicrohardMedium Range (1-3km) IP connectivity for control, telemetry and video 

Gimbal Specs (Optional Add-on)

VOXL-m500-R2-G1

Camera not included

For this gimbal, the recommended camera is something like the Mobius Pro Mini Action Camera based on form factor alone. We are not qualifying this camera’s performance, but based on size, weight and geometry, this camera has been shown to work well in our testing wih the gimbal referenced below.

 Details
GimbalHMG MA3D
RegulatorD24V22F12
ControlPitch and yaw through AUX1 and AUX2
 See User Guide