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The X PlusOne is a revolutionary hybrid drone that combines the ability for both stabilized hover and remarkably fast forward flight.
The X PlusOne is a revolutionary hybrid drone that combines the ability for both stabilized hover and remarkably fast forward flight.
The X PlusOne is a revolutionary hybrid drone that combines the ability for both stabilized hover and remarkably fast forward flight.
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 A Quadcopter Plus a Flying Wing

Drones seem to be everywhere. The problem is that the vast majority of them are multi-rotors and they excel at one thing: hovering.  

Hovering solves one side of the problem, but when shooting a fast subject you need speed. Without compromising precision hovering capabilities we created something fast. We created something that broke the 100 km/h barrier. Enter the X PlusOne. 

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!

Hover

The X PlusOne is a Pro when it comes to precision stabilized hover.  We designed the control algorithms so the craft remains rock solid, even in windy conditions. 

Speed

Speed isn't normally associated with most of the drones out there.  We changed that!  Ever heard of a multi-rotor taking great aerial shots at 100 km/h?  Well, now you have!

A Drone Redefined

The X PlusOne doesn't just fly around looking great (although it does), it's an aerial camera drone too!  We offer the X PlusOne with an array of filming apparatus.  From a simple mini DV camera to the ever-popular GoPro.  Our optional stabilizing gimbal platform renders silky smooth video. The point is, we have demonstrated the engineering on this craft and it works very well.

Easy to Fly

From its inception the X PlusOne was designed with the average operator in mind.  If you can fly a multi-rotor or an RC airplane, you can fly the X PlusOne.  The craft self-stabilizes in both hover and forward flight modes.  Transitioning between the two is a matter of simply flipping one switch.  Our onboard computer and sensors manage the details.   

Imagine what you could do with the X PlusOne!

How it Works

The X PlusOne takes off, hovers, and lands like a traditional quadcopter, but that's where the similarities with a multi-rotor 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.

Key Features

  • A speed demon: Need to follow a fast subject or want some super-cool flybys?  The patent pending design of the X PlusOne has you covered with ultra-fast cruise mode with speeds over 60 mph (100 km/h).
  • The hover ship: A stable quadcopter when you need it for tight takeoffs and landings or when shooting stills.
  • Easy to fly: Stabilized in both hover and cruise modes.  Auto recovery switch ensures that if you get in trouble, one flip of a switch will put the craft into auto-level hover.
  • Capable for the pro: If you're already an expert, disable stabilization for amazing aerobatics, unlike anything you've ever experienced with an RC aircraft.
  • Ultimate GoPro accessory:  With multiple options for mounting GoPro action cameras, your inner aerial cinematographer will never be in want with the X PlusOne.
  • Stable camera platform: Optimized control algorithms and an optional 2-axis brushless camera gimbal mean you get rock solid, silky smooth aerial video and stills.
  • Ready to fly - and film: Ready To Fly and Film packages get you everything you need to keep up with the action.  All Ready To Fly packages include the assembled X PlusOne, motors and electronics, 2.4 GHz transmitter, battery, and charger.  The Ready To Film packages also throw in a micro DV or GoPro Hero camera!
  • Safe: The X PlusOne is rich in safety features including Safe-Arm and Auto-Recovery.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 32.5 x 19 x 14 inches
  • Flying weight: 2.8 lbs 
  • Patent-pending hybrid quadcopter flying wing design
  • Speed range: hover - 60 mph (100 kph)
  • Flight time: 10-15 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

Our Team

JD Claridge is the visionary and inventor of the x PlusOne design.  He started his career at Volant Technica as an aerospace engineer and later served several years as the lead electrical engineer at Quest Aircraft.  For the past few years JD has been running his own aerospace design firm.

Charles Manning is the CEO of a leading mobile analytics technology company, Kochava.  An aviation enthusiast, Charles was immediately excited about working with JD to help make the X PlusOne a reality.

Why We need Your Help

We have a proven design and we want to do a large-scale production run - working with Kickstarter to gauge how many units will be produced.  

We feel confident that we will hit our minimum - we simply wonder how many we will punch out in this first production run.  We are excited to hit our stretch goals with your help!

Timeline

  Key Milestones (already done)

  • Inception of X PlusOne - December 2013 - DONE
  • Conceptualize overall design - February 2014 -DONE
  • Begin detailed design - July 2014 - DONE
  • Develop 5 prototype iterations and test - August 2014 -DONE
  • First flight of conforming prototype - September 2014 - DONE
  • Fine tune controller software - October 2014 - DONE
  • File patent application - November 2014 - DONE
  • Finalize costs, develop supply chain and manufacturing capability- November 2014 -DONE
  • KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED - DECEMBER 2014 -DONE!


   Key Milestones (after successful funding)

  • Ship laser-cut display models - January 2015
  • Release final drawings and software - January 2015
  • Order molded and custom components - January 2015
  • Order for off-the-shelf parts - February 2015
  • Secure backup supply chain - March 2015
  • Molded and custom parts manufactured - May 2015
  • Final assembly and testing at the XplusOne factory - June 2015
  • SHIP THE X PlusOne TO ALL OUR GREAT BACKERS! - JULY 2015

Stretch Goals

Stretch Goal #1: X PlusOne Ai - REACHED!

Through a collaboration with 3D Robotics, we are able to offer the Autonomous Option; the X PlusOne Ai!  That's right, all the amazing functionality offered with the X PlusOne using the Pixhawk autopilot can now be yours! These features include, but are not limited to:

  • Fully Autonomous Flight Plans: Plan your missions using a Google Maps like interface and let the craft fly the entire mission, takeoff to landing, without any user input.  
  • Follow-Me: Have the X PlusOne auto-follow your laptop or tablet (requires telemetry radios).  
  • Return-to-Launch: When the battery is low or the radio signal is lost, the X PlusOne Ai will automatically return to the launch position and land. 
  • Loiter: Automatically hold GPS position and altitude for excellent shots.  
  • Auto-Land: Let the X PlusOne Ai handle landings for you.
  • Fly By Wire: Great for beginners. Direct the X PlusOne by simply moving one control stick regardless of the craft's orientation.
  • Laptop or Tablet Control: In the field, direct the X PlusOne from your laptop or tablet (requires telemetry radios).  
  • And Much More!  

The Pixhawk will be fully integrated into the X PlusOne Ai to allow operation out of the box.  Control will be managed through Mission Planner software.

To receive your X PlusOne Ai all you have to do is choose your add-on reward and increase your pledge by the appropriate amount. We have two X PlusOne Ai rewards to choose from.  

Here is more information on the Pixhawk Autopilot and the Mission Planner software.

Stretch Goal #2: First-Person View (FPV) - REACHED! 

We made it past $120K! Now the FPV Option is a reality for the X PlusOne! FPV allows a live video view from the X PlusOne to the ground. You can see what the onboard GoPro camera sees! 

 We have two FPV Add-On options to choose from: 

Transmitter Only: $100 Add-On. Choose this option if you already have a 5.8GHz monitor or goggles. This option includes: 

  • 5.8GHz, 200mW, Video Transmitter 
  • Cloverleaf Transmitter Antenna
  • GoPro video cable 

 Complete FPV System: $350 Add-On. This option includes: 

  •  5.8GHz, 200mW, Video Transmitter 
  •  Cloverleaf Transmitter and Receiver Antennas 
  •  GoPro Video Cable 7-inch FPV Monitor -or- Fatshark Teleporter FPV Goggles; your choice

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What's Included

           
           

Special Thanks to Patrick Calderon for working very hard for X PlusOne.  Patrick has been a great help with PR exposure and crowdfunding expertise! 

Risks and challenges

There are a few challenges and risks that are related to the X PlusOne. Fortunately, neither successful design and implementation are on the list. We have spent the last year designing the X PlusOne and prototyping it through various iterations to ensure that our team was confident about what we were going to do with this Kickstarter project.

The X PlusOne is not a concept that we still have to implement. This is proven.

There are some risks about scheduling, but fortunately, we have set timing expectations for mid-summer 2015 to mitigate any risk around scheduling. We feel a little bit like our schedule is too padded - but we're more comfortable doing this than to miss a delivery date.

From a problem solving perspective, our team is made up of Aerospace engineers, electrical engineers and software engineers. We know what happens with there are problems and we work every day to address them. We're confident that we will ship!

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    EVERY BACKER COUNTS:

    Maybe you don't need your own drone but want to show your support for our project. Here's your chance! You get a big thank you from the X PlusOne team and product updates from here on out - All for just $1!

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    FAN CLUB PLEDGE:

    A big thank you with a bonus! Get a desktop laser-cut display model of the X PlusOne to show off to your friends and brag about how you helped make it happen. Assembly required. Free shipping within the USA.

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    FPV ADD-ON (TRANSMITTER ONLY)

    VIDEO TRANSMITTER + CLOVERLEAF ANTENNA + GOPRO CABLE

    -NOTE- This is an Add-On reward only. Add to any X PlusOne Package by manually increasing your pledge by $100. No need to select the reward. Just send us a message telling us what the increased pledge is for and we'll be sure to include the add-on with your reward.

    The FPV option will allow you to wirelessly stream a live video feed from the GoPro camera on the X PlusOne. Now you can see what the camera sees!

    This selection is for those who already have a 5.8GHz FPV monitor or goggles.

    Includes:
    5.8GHz, 200mW, Video Transmitter
    Cloverleaf Transmitter Antenna
    GoPro video cable

    Requires either the GoPro fixed mount or brushless 2-axis gimbal as well as a GoPro camera. The FPV system will be integrated into whichever GoPro mount or gimbal you have chosen.

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    BRUSHLESS GIMBAL ADD-ON

    2-AXIS BRUSHLESS STABILIZING GIMBAL FOR GOPRO:

    Add a stabilizing gimbal to any X PlusOne package and turn your craft into an all-out silky smooth HD camera operator! Fits a GoPro camera and easily attaches to the nose of the X PlusOne. Free shipping if added to any X PlusOne package. To add the brushless gimbal, just increase the amount of your pledge by $165 and send us a message that you did so. We'll be sure to include the brushless gimbal with your reward.

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    BASIC PACKAGE (EARLY BIRD)

    X PlusOne DIY KIT:

    Already a drone aficionado? Get the X PlusOne airframe kit and control board at the special early bird price of just $199! You'll need to assemble the kit and add your own radio, power system, and battery to complete the package. Limited Quantity. Get one while they last!

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    BASIC X PlusOne Ai ADD-ON

    PIXHAWK AUTOPILOT + GPS

    Add to any X PlusOne package to turn your craft into the envy of any normal drone. This add-on includes the Pixhawk autopilot and GPS module which will be fully integrated into your X PlusOne to allow autonomous operation out of the box. See details of functions on our main page. To add the X PlusOne Ai Basic, just increase the amount of your pledge by $249 and send us a message that you did so. We'll be sure to include the add-on with your reward.

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    DATALINK X PlusOne Ai ADD-ON

    PIXHAWK AUTOPILOT + GPS + TELEMETRY RADIOS

    Add to any X PlusOne package to turn your craft into the envy of any normal drone. This add-on includes the Pixhawk autopilot, GPS module, and Telemetry Radios which will be fully integrated into your X PlusOne to allow autonomous operation out of the box. The Telemetry radios enable live data and in-flight interaction with the X PlusOne and are required for certain autonomous functions including Follow-Me and laptop/tablet control. See details of functions on our main page. To add the X PlusOne Ai DATALINK, just increase the amount of your pledge by $349 and send us a message that you did so. We'll be sure to include the add-on with your reward.

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    FPV ADD-ON (COMPLETE SYSTEM)

    VIDEO TRANSMITTER + CLOVERLEAF ANTENNA + GOPRO CABLE + FPV MONITOR OR GOGGLES

    -NOTE- This is an Add-On reward only. Add to any X PlusOne Package by manually increasing your pledge by $350. No need to select the reward. Just send us a message telling us what the increased pledge is for and we'll be sure to include the add-on with your reward. Also let us know if you would like the FPV monitor or goggles.

    The FPV option will allow you to wirelessly stream a live video feed from the GoPro camera on the X PlusOne. Now you can see what the camera sees!

    This option includes everything you need for FPV on the X PlusOne.

    Includes:
    5.8GHz, 200mW, Video Transmitter
    Cloverleaf Transmitter Antenna (2X)
    GoPro video cable
    7-inch FPV Monitor -or- Fatshark Teleporter FPV Goggles; your choice

    Requires either the GoPro fixed mount or brushless 2-axis gimbal as well as a GoPro camera. The FPV system will be integrated into whichever GoPro mount or gimbal you have chosen.

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    EXPLORER PACKAGE (EARLY BIRD):

    RTF X PlusOne + MICRO DV CAMERA:

    Be one of the first to fly the X PlusOne at the early bird price of just $479! You get the Ready-To-Fly X PlusOne with all electronics, a 2.4 GHz transmitter, battery, charger, and a micro DV camera. You'll be hovering with precision and skimming the treetops in no time, documenting the action with the onboard DV camera. Don't wait, limited quantity!

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    ACTION PACKAGE (GOPRO OWNER) -EARLY BIRD

    RTF X PlusOne + MOUNT FOR GOPRO:

    We know you love your GoPro. Now let's make it fly! You get the Ready-To-Fly X PlusOne with all electronics, a 2.4 GHz transmitter, battery, charger, and a specially designed nose fairing that allows your GoPro to snap right in. All at the Early Bird price of just $479! Now you can capture all your aerial shenanigans in high resolution HD! The X PlusOne is the ultimate GoPro accessory! Don't wait, limited Quantity.

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    RTF X PlusOne + MICRO DV CAMERA:

    Be one of the first to fly the X PlusOne! You get the Ready-To-Fly X PlusOne with all electronics, a 2.4 GHz transmitter, battery, charger, and a micro DV camera. You'll be hovering with precision and skimming the treetops in no time, documenting the action with the onboard DV camera.

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    ACTION PACKAGE (GOPRO OWNER)

    RTF X PlusOne + MOUNT FOR GOPRO:

    We know you love your GoPro. Now let's make it fly! You get the Ready-To-Fly X PlusOne with all electronics, a 2.4 GHz transmitter, battery, charger, and a specially designed nose fairing that allows your GoPro to snap right in. Now you can capture all your aerial shenanigans in high resolution HD! The X PlusOne is the ultimate GoPro accessory!

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    ACTION PACKAGE PRO (EARLY BIRD)

    RTF X PlusOne + MOUNT FOR GOPRO + GOPRO:

    You get the Ready-To-Fly X PlusOne with all electronics, a 2.4 GHz transmitter, battery, charger, specially designed nose fairing for GoPro, and a GoPro HERO HD Camera, all at the early bird price of just $679! Now you can capture all your aerial shenanigans in high resolution HD. The X PlusOne is the ultimate GoPro accessory! Don't wait, limited Quantity.

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    ACTION PACKAGE PRO

    RTF X PlusOne + MOUNT FOR GOPRO + GOPRO:

    You get the Ready-To-Fly X PlusOne with all electronics, a 2.4 GHz transmitter, battery, charger, specially designed nose fairing for GoPro, and a GoPro HERO HD Camera. Now you can capture all your aerial shenanigans in high resolution HD! The X PlusOne is the ultimate GoPro accessory!

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    ULTIMATE PACKAGE (GOPRO OWNER)

    RTF X PlusOne + 2 AXIS BRUSHLESS GIMBAL:

    Need super smooth, stabilized GoPro footage and you already own a GoPro? Get a custom-designed brushless 2 axis gimbal for GoPro wih your XplusOne. You get the Ready-To-Fly X PlusOne with all electronics, a 2.4 GHz transmitter, battery, charger, and a specially designed nose fairing with a brushless 2 axis stabilizing gimbal for your GoPro. All for the low price of just $769!

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    ULTIMATE PACKAGE PRO

    RTF X PlusOne + 2 AXIS BRUSHLESS GIMBAL + GOPRO:

    Need super smooth, stabilized GoPro footage? Get a custom-designed brushless 2 axis gimbal and a GoPro Hero camera wih your X PlusOne. You get the Ready-To-Fly X PlusOne with all electronics, a 2.4 GHz transmitter, battery, charger, and a specially designed nose fairing with a brushless 2 axis stabilizing gimbal, and a GoPro HERO HD Camera. All for the low price of just $899!

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    KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION!

    CUSTOMIZED RTF X PlusOne + 2 AXIS BRUSHLESS GIMBAL + GOPRO:

    Exclusively for our Top-Tier Backers. You get the entire ready-to-film GoPro + 2 Axis Gimbal package (assembled X PlusOne with all electronics, a 2.4 GHz transmitter, battery, charger, brushless 2-axis gimbal, and GoPro HERO HD camera) but, that's not all: Your X PlusOne will come with custom Kickstarter green graphics and signed by the creators, a personal thank you letter from JD and the crew, and a laser-cut desktop display model engraved with your name or other customized inscription (make sure and include your inscription in the comments at checkout). As an additional gesture of our gratitude, we'll even throw in free shipping within the US. Only 10 will be made so get your piece of drone history today!

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    ULTIMATE ADVENTURE PACK

    (3X) RTF X PlusOne+ (3X) 2 AXIS BRUSHLESS GIMBAL + (3X) GOPRO:

    LIMITED QUANTITY

    Get 3 Ultimate Pro Packages of the X PlusOne. You'll get super smooth, stabilized GoPro footage- times 3! Each set includes the Ready-To-Fly X PlusOne with all electronics, a 2.4 GHz transmitter, battery, charger, and a specially designed nose fairing with a brushless 2 axis stabilizing gimbal, and a GoPro HERO HD Camera! Limited quantity. Get them before they're gone!

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Funding period

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