TANKY DRONE: Insanely Fast FPV Racing Quadcopter
Breathtaking performance and race-proven technology! Speed at 100mph or soar like a bird and see the world like never before.
Frequently Asked Questions
Average flight time while cruising around and hovering is 7-10 minutes, and 3.5-4 minutes while flying fast like in the beginning of the video. Battery life greatly depends on the speed and aggressiveness of your flight, much like the fuel economy on your car. Most FPV pilots have 5-10 batteries that they take with them out to fly for hours of fun. Because of the incredible speed and maneuverability of Tanky those 4 minutes of flying feel like much longer as your reflexes and response time increase with the adrenaline rush.Last updated:
When considering maximum range you should keep in mind 3 factors: control range, video range, and legal regulations.
Control Range: Our control range is 1 to 1.5 miles with clear line of sight. The radio will beep when you are getting to the edge of signal range and if Tanky loses the signal, it will go into failsafe mode, reduce power, and have a "controlled crash landing."
Video Range: Tanky uses a 5.8GHz transmitter which has similar 1 to 1.5 miles of range. As you get close to video range limit, the video will gradually deteriorate, allowing you plenty of time to turn around.
Legal Regulations: Most jurisdictions have rules against flying beyond visual line of sight. Generally speaking, to stay safe, you should stay close by. You can have tons of fun while flying just a few hundred feet away.Last updated:
NO. But Tanky comes with a roof rack mount that will allow you to attach a GoPro Session, a Polaroid Cube, or a Mobius camera to the top with ease.
The Theory behind FPV cameras: The FPV camera is a specialized, extremely low latency and low light CCD camera. There are two types of image sensors CCD and CMOS. CMOS image sensors are commonly used in HD cameras, like GoPro, smartphone cameras, and professional photography cameras. CCD sensors, on the other hand, are used in more specialized applications, like scientific microscopes and low light security applications. CMOS sensors are inexpensive, high resolution, and provide really high image quality, but they have higher latency and suffer from the rolling shutter effect. CCD sensors, by contrast, have global shutter, extremely low latency, and are able to see in low light situations.
For FPV you need a camera with zero or near zero latency. The CCD camera on Tanky has near zero (too short to measure) latency and sends the image to the video transmitter nearly instantaneously. By contrast, a GoPro Hero 3 Silver has 110ms of latency. That doesn't sound like a lot, just over a 10th of a second, but keep in mind that at top speed Tanky can travel 15 feet in that 10th of a second! That's why Tanky, like all other fast FPV drones, uses a dedicated, high speed FPV camera.
The FPV camera on Tanky is also very light sensitive. You can't fly at night with it, but you can fly at dusk, and at dawn.Last updated:
Tanky has a gyroscopic self stabilization mode. In stabilized mode if you let go of the stick, Tanky will automatically level out and hover. You will still have to control throttle to maintain altitude. Stabilized mode is great for flying line of sight and learning to pilot. For FPV flight you will need to master manual mode. With practice you will pick it up in no time.
Because of Tanky's unique tiltable camera you can fly it as fast or as slow as you would like. The more you tilt the camera upwards, the faster Tanky goes naturally. It's almost like a mind trick, your brain naturally tries to level out the drone, so the camera is looking forward. So the more angle you give to the camera, the more your brain tries to compensate by leaning the craft forward. It's hard to explain, but it works like magic when you are flying. But if you need to take a break, just tilt the camera down, fly far above the trees and just cruise around.Last updated:
NO. We have searched high and low for reasonably priced, high quality, goggles. However, the cheapest option we found that meets our quality standards is still well over $200. Plus, since we don't make the goggles, we would be simply reselling you another company's product, and Kickstarter frowns upon this type of thing.
We recommend Headplay HD headset for exploring and FatShark Dominator HD V2 goggles for racing. Tanky will work with ANY of the other goggles currently on the market as well, but we recommend, if it's an option, paying for a quality set.
However, to get started with Tanky you do NOT need goggles. We partnered with TBS to bring you the world's first RC controller with integrated video receiver and FPV screen. We spent the money where it counts, on the highest quality controller we could source. With TBS Tango you can view your FPV feed directly, and there is a plug on the bottom that feeds the image directly to your goggles. This way you can purchase the cheaper FatShark Basic goggles, or the stunningly amazing Cinemizer Video Glasses and plug them directly into the controller for a more immersive FPV experience.Last updated:
It's an apples and oranges comparison. Sure, they are both drones, but that's where the similarities end. It's a little like comparing a sport's car with a cargo van. You buy one to have fun and the other because you need it. The DJI Phantom is an amazing piece of equipment for videography. It's perfect, and smooth, and easy to use.... and BORING to pilot. Don't get us wrong, we love the Phantom, it's an amazing tool. But Tanky.... Tanky is just pure FUN!Last updated:
Tanky is a very powerful drone, NOT a TOY! It's recommended for users 12 and above with adult supervision. We also recommend flying away from people and mastering line of sight flying before engaging in FPV flying. Crashing a race drone like Tanky full speed into yourself, or another person, would result in severe injuries, and possibly death. Think about it as a softball traveling at 100+MPH with blender blades on the front.
Just like a high speed motorcycle, it's fun, but you have to be careful. Please fly responsibly.Last updated:
Yes, you can! You can fly with up to 7 of your friends, 8 drones total. Tanky, like all drones, requires a radio control (RC) link and an FPV video transmission link. Nowadays, the RC links are autohopping and very robust, which means you can have dozens of aircrafts flying at the same time on a 2.4GHz frequency. Tanky also comes with a 40CH video transmitter, however, due to the current state of technology and bandwidth requirements of a real time FPV stream, you are limited to about 8 drones in the air before they start to interfere with each other's video feed. During races they usually limit heaps to 4-5 drones at a time, to ensure an interference free race.Last updated:
Why does a Ferrari cost $200k+? I have seen fast looking cars at my local dealership for less. :) It's a combination of quality, performance, and value for money. If you actually add up all the components that Tanky uses, you will quickly realize that the price is actually a steal. By comparison, a race caliber quality drone, built up and packaged with everything you need, plus all the tools and computer equipment you would need to build it (not even counting the time expense) will run you close to $1,000.Last updated:
Yes, you may! Tanky is compatible with ALL currently available FPV goggles. We highly recommend the Headplay Headset for exploratory flying because it has the best fpv resolution and field of view available on the market. For racing, we recommend Fatshark Dominator HD goggles. They have a more narrow field of view which makes them less immersive, but helps with proximity flying.Last updated:
In our tests, the most common damage after props was damage to the plastic skin. For prototyping we used laser 3D printed nylon. The final Tanky is going to be made out of injection molded thermoplastic similar to the thermoplastic used in DAL unbreakable props. So the final product should be much tougher.
While unlikely, if you do manage to break any of the plastic parts we will carry inexpensive replacements on our website and through dealers. While we can't say with certainty the actual cost of the parts yet, we estimate that a full replacement set of all plastics for Tanky to be in the neighborhood of $30.
This also means that if you grow bored with your Tanky's color you can easily change it up for something else.Last updated:
Tanky fits commonly available 2204, 2205, and 2206 motors. We will sell replacement motors on our website after the product is launched. You can buy from us or any other location online that sells similar types of motors. If you have a preference for a particular motor you can always upgrade your Tanky later on to your preference.Last updated:
Look for them over the length of our campaign. We'll be adding video updates during the length of our campaign and we'll be bringing to you an interview with Chris, our awesome and talented test pilot, in the near future.Last updated:
Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.Last updated:
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