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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
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Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Everyone has seen a YouTube video of someone’s drone falling out of the sky for no reason, not only is this a safety concern but it also results in a costly amount of damage to the drone, and sometimes other objects on the ground below. MARS Parachutes believes that having an emergency system can help reduce the total amount damage and danger significantly.
Drone technology continues to advance on a daily basis, which requires drone safety to do the same. Some drones are able to descend, ascend, maneuver, and even flip at all new levels that will sometimes make automated safety systems difficult to use. Our goal with developing the NOVA is to provide you with more options so you can find the best method that supports your needs.
We have worked very hard on the NOVA. After many revisions we settled on the design which would be the most cost efficient and effective. We wanted the NOVA to be easy to use, small, and built to last a long time. NOVA will work on any drone that has a servo actuated safety system. After making the NOVA we quickly realized it could also be used for all sorts of applications that would utilize a single channel radio, but we'll leave the possibilities to your imagination.
2.4GHz Long range
The NOVA has over 1.07km (.67 mile) range, which is better than most conventional radios. Allowing users to take advantage of their drone's flight range, without compromising its safety.
Super long battery life
No need to charge your NOVA in-between flights, Your NOVA has an internal battery that will (while active) last 48 hours!!!!
With its sleek design, the NOVA fits in your hand or pocket; making it an easy addition to bring along with your other drone supplies.
Ways to wear it
Because of its size, you can use the NOVA however it fits you best. Hanging from a lanyard, clipped to your belt, mounted on drone radio, or in your hand.
Quick USB Charger
Charging your NOVA is the same as charging a phone, just plug it in to any USB port. You can expect a full charge to be complete in just 1 hour!
Double click Feature
Arming your NOVA takes one long click, after that a one second double click will deploy the parachute to prevent accidental deployment.
NOVA'S Other Possible Uses
The Nova is designed to work with Mars Systems but it has other potential uses since it is servo based which is great to control aftermarket servos.
Water balloon drop
Why we need Kickstarter Funds:
We've gotten NOVA this far, but to get it where it needs to be we're going to need your help. Here’s the breakdown of what we will be using the funds for:
1) More testing. We want to be able to test the NOVA in more extreme conditions and to do that we’ll need to order more prototypes and send those versions out to beta testers around the world.
2) Printed Circuit Boards & parts! NOVA has lots of components that all need to be either created by us, or sourced from suppliers.
3) INJECTED MOLDED CASES.These cases are needed to protect the circuit boards from the harsh environment that the Nova will be thrown into to keep your drone flying safe.
4) Assembly! Each NOVA system’s circuit board will need to be milled and then covered with components using big machines that cost a lot of money to use. By doing a Kickstarter we can order assembly in bulk and save a ton of money for the consumer - you!
Plastic Case: Made in the U.S. the shell is a special lightweight polymer perfect for flight applications.
NOVA Radio Weight: NOVA will weigh around 1.8oz (51.03g)
NOVA Receiver Weight: Receiver will weigh around .23oz(6.5g)
NOVA Radio Size: Length 3.5in (8.89cm) Width 2.375in (8.57cm), Final thickness will be around .5in
NOVA Receiver Size: Length 1.75(1.44cm) Width 1in(2.54cm) Thickness .5in(1.27cm)
NOVA Radio Power:
Integrated Li-Po battery
NOVA Receiver Power: Requires 4.5v to 6v input
We're Social! Talk to us.
We are always looking for ways to improve NOVA. If you have any ideas or advice Visit us at www.Marsparachutes.com (We may be swamped due to the Kickstarter so just hang tight and we’ll get back to you ASAP!)
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Risks and challenges
Manufacturing: We are confident that we can handle all the manufacturing necessary to get the NOVA into your hands in a timely manner. We have sourced all the plastics and will be manufacturing them within the U.S. We are dedicated to completing this project quickly and accurately. Although we haven't undertaken a project quite this large before, we believe in the product and are eager to bring it to the market.