VOXL m500 Snapdragon Reference Drone Functional Description

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Table of contents

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

voxl-m500

High-Level Specs

Specicifcation VOXL-M500-DK-R2-2 VOXL-M500-DK-R2-G1-2
Take-off Weight 1075g with battery (820g w/o battery) TBD
Size Length: 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 minutes TBD
Payload Capacity (Impacts Flight Time) 1kg TBD
Motors 2216 880KV 2216 880KV
Propellers 10” (1045)
Replacement
10” (1045)
Replacement
Frame s500
Replacement
s500
Replacement
ESCs* BLHeli 20A BLHeli 20A
Computing VOXL Flight VOXL Flight
Flight Control PX4 on VOXL Flight PX4 on VOXL Flight
Image Sensors Stereo, Tracking, 4k High-resolution Stereo, Tracking, 4k High-resolution
Communication WiFi built-in, LTE or Microhard optional WiFi built-in, LTE or Microhard optional
Remote Control Configured for spektrum, compatible with most DIY R/C systems through expansion I/O on Flight Core Configured for spektrum, compatible with most DIY R/C systems through expansion I/O on Flight Core
Power Module Power Module v3 Power Module v3
Battery Up to 5S (not included, recommended - select XT60 connector) Up to 5S (not included, recommended - select XT60 connector)
Additional Components N/A Gimbal w/o Camera, details below
Landing Gear Polycarbonate Round Tube 1/2” OD, 3/8” ID, Clear Polycarbonate Round Tube 1/2” OD, 3/8” ID, Clear
  • 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 (namely James!) have spent a lot of time finely tuning this vehicle, and the parameters are available here

Connectivity for Remote Operation

Connectivity Option Use Case Details
Spektrum R/C Manual remote control of the vehicle Configure
WiFi Short range (~100m) IP connectivity for debug and nearby flights Setup
LTE Long Range, BVLOS operation User Manual
Datasheet
Microhard Medium 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
Gimbal HMG MA3D
Regulator D24V22F12
Control Pitch and yaw through AUX1 and AUX2
  See User Guide