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Meet the FT Aviator

With the FT Aviator from Fluidity Tech, command the sky with more precision and control than previously possible. Engineered to simplify drone flight, Fluidity pilots can pick up the FT Aviator and fly right out of the box - professionals and hobbyists alike.

Compatible today with almost all DJI drones, this unique controller works collaboratively with the native DJI radio, and Fluidity app for both Android and iOS.

When an astronaut designs a drone controller

Using an astronaut’s perspective on intuitive motion through space, we have patented a unique and intuitive drone controller that anyone, whether they’re eight or eighty, can pick up and begin using immediately.  The FT Aviator is designed to incorporate the relevant 4 degrees of freedom of movement (x, y, z, and yaw) to drone flying, eliminating the awkward interface and steeper learning curve of existing dual thumb-controlled drones. It intuitively unlocks human potential to fly and capture stunning imagery. 

  • Intuitive flight control in one hand eliminates the complexity of dual thumb controllers
  • Smooth, controlled flight, virtually eliminating aircraft instability
  • Advanced camera controls for high quality photo and video capture
  • Situational display indicators so you always know your drone's location and orientation 
  • Easy to use, right out of the box
  • 5-hour battery life
  • Compatible with most DJI drones, including the Mavic, Phantom, Inspire and Matrice series* 

Plug and play

The FT Aviator is a durable, premium grade, quick-to-assemble drone flight controller consisting of a joystick, a base and a smartphone holder.

Freedom to move

The FT Aviator precisely enables the four degrees of freedom of flight applicable to drones: forward and backward (X-axis), left and right (Y-axis), up and down (Z-axis) and turning left and right (Yaw).  

Focus on what matters

The FT Aviator reduces the “cognitive workload” for drone pilots by putting flight control in one hand along with natural and cognitive translation of hand-to-device movement, allowing focus on the image capture, and not the mechanics of how to get there.

Fly like a pro

The FT Aviator is not prone to cross-coupling, or inadvertent movements, enabling precision flight.

Adjust on the fly

Drone flight control can be modified “on the fly,” maximizing a pilot’s time on the scene while optimizing the drone and camera system for the smoothest video while shooting. 

Control your camera like never before

The controller has dedicated buttons to slow the rates of tilt control to get smoother video sequences, as well as other commonly accessed camera functions, without having to dive into multiple layers of the app.

FT Aviator Product Photography

The FT Aviator will be constructed of high quality, durable injection molded plastics, with low friction materials for moving internal parts, and premium quality over molds for fit and comfort. The products shown on our Kickstarter page and website are 3-D printed parts, thus not fully representative of the high quality finish of the final product.
The FT Aviator will be constructed of high quality, durable injection molded plastics, with low friction materials for moving internal parts, and premium quality over molds for fit and comfort. The products shown on our Kickstarter page and website are 3-D printed parts, thus not fully representative of the high quality finish of the final product.

The Anatomy of the FT Aviator

FT Aviator Schematic Renders
FT Aviator Schematic Renders

Tips from Scott: How to Fly with the FT Aviator

The FT Aviator is compatible with most DJI drones* and leverages the native DJI transmitter-receiver radio, which is considered very secure, with frequency hopping and other security measures.

*Current compatibility includes Mavic Series, Phantom 3 & 4, Inspire 1 & 2, and Matrice Series.  We will continue to work on compatibility with other DJI models as our technology and the DJI Air Force grows.

How FT Aviator works with DJI

1.) Bluetooth connection from FT Aviator to the smartphone app, with return telemetry for display, LED status lights, etc.

2.) Wired smartphone app connection to the DJI radio (Micro-USB, Lightning, USB C), with return video and telemetry.

3.) Radio transmission of command and control from DJI radio to drone, with return data telemetry.

Scott Parazynski, Founder & CEO

Dr. Scott Parazynski is a highly-decorated and broadly-experienced U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame astronaut, physician, pilot, and technology entrepreneur. He founded Fluidity Technologies to focus on the development of revolutionary input devices powered by machine learning to intuitively move through physical and virtual space.

George Guerrero, Co-Founder & CFO

George brings more than 20 years of extensive and diverse experience delivering cost-effective financial, operational, technology, and human resource solutions. He has significant experience leading strategic transformation and integration initiatives in companies ranging from $10 million to $2 billion in annual revenues. 

Carolyn Scott, VP of Marketing

For more than 20 years, Carolyn has led innovative marketing initiatives for a range of companies– from established brands to technology start-ups. With a passion for building collaborative and impactful teams, Carolyn has successfully partnered with leadership in the food and beverage, retail, consumer electronics, and technology industries to help transform brands, launch new products and achieve business goals.

Keith Brooks, Director of External Manufacturing

Keith is a proven leader and manager, with more than 20 years of experience in global supply chain engineering and operations, delivering measurable results for multi-billion-dollar hardware and software businesses. Keith has led large cross-functional teams globally, managing budgets of $10 million and more, and has directed management of operations at the top four Tier 1 EMS providers.

Prototyping is the most fun part of the innovation process, and usually involves cobbling together duct tape, balsa wood and spare parts! In the case of our first pre-FT Aviator models – cleverly named “v1” and “v2” – we had a good idea of the general shape and basic mechanical features we wanted, so we churned out dozens of 3-D prints to get to the refined form factor and functionality we have now. We teamed with brilliant engineers at Motivo Engineering, Spark Aerial and Innovate, LLC to apply a lot of human factors know-how, and to dial in all of our advanced features into the product.  

https://fluidity.tech/
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Risks and challenges

Over the past 2 years and countless prototypes, we've engineered and ironed out bugs, and we now have a functional pre-production FT Aviator. We’ve completed our design-for-manufacture reviews, and we have locked our mechanical and electrical designs for production. We’re about to begin “cutting steel” for our injection molding tools, and have begun sourcing the myriad electronics components for our circuit boards.

Fluidity Tech will begin production of the first lot of FT Aviators at the conclusion of this campaign. As with the release of any product, there may be unforeseen obstacles that could prevent us from getting certain elements of the product just right. We are selective in how we choose our partners, conservative in setting our timelines, and intend to spend a large amount of time in person on the factory floor. As we strive to provide you with the ultimate and safe user experience, we would not feel comfortable shipping any product until it is perfect, so there is always the possibility of a delay in product release.

We will do our utmost to keep you updated on any and all FT Aviator-related developments, and we’ll work tirelessly to fix significant product issues before the official release of the FT Aviator.

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