Stingray 500 - REVIEW by FliteTest

Rating: 4.79      42 ratings
Posted: November 27, 2013  |  46,501 views
INFLUENCE 92%

 

Today we had the pleasure of being visited by 3D and FAI World Champion, Curtis Youngblood. 

He also brought along his friend the Stingray 500.

This is the first ever commercial collective pitch quad copter. 

The blades are custom built and designed by Curtis himself. 

Under the hood, the Stingray stays relatively simple.

All four blades are driven by a single 3000kv motor which distributes the power using an ingenious belt system. 

The four servos are controlled by the TG-Multi. This control board was custom designed by Curtis and his father. 

The canopy is beautiful for FPV racing or just FPV flying. 

On top the view gives a great perspective of the Stingray itself or it can be placed down by the front scoop to have less body and more scenery in the shot.

In the air the Stingrays 3D capabilities are unparalleled. Trust us, these screenshot do not do it justice. 

Thanks again to Curtis for letting us check out his beautiful mulit rotor and for these amazing shots of Canton, OH. 

 

Be sure to visit Curtis here and check out all the goodness he has to offer!

 

Also, be sure to chat it up on the forums!

Comments

Hesara June 13, 2014
Epic
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flyboymaxwell December 2, 2013
Awesome!!!
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Nathan_116 December 2, 2013
now all you need to do is figure out how to make one out of everyday materials and then we can scratch build one!!!!!
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liveyourdreamsRC December 2, 2013
That would be cool! The only issue is with the flight controller which is custom made for the craft...
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fr0sti December 7, 2013
100% agree !!

Hope we could find soon some updated firmware for KK2 with collective pitch function :-)
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liveyourdreamsRC December 2, 2013
Very nice. I like the look of it and everything about it; I just wish it was a little cheaper.
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liveyourdreamsRC December 2, 2013
Also FT, if you still have access to these, could you do a race episode or at least some FPV with them? And also you did an amazing job filming this episode. I have seen others of this quad and they just aren't capturing the full potential of this quad. Keep it up!
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casehatter December 2, 2013
I have never been into copters but finally one central motor and oh shit I'm excited sorry but to cool
Finally..!! Control pitch instead of motors way to cool GOOD DEAL..!! sign me up..!!
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LokaDesign December 2, 2013
nice! gonna get me one for christmas!
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Crashpilot1000 December 2, 2013
Thats what I call real progress in the multirotor(excl. heli) area. In contrary: "3D" of reversing esc is plain BS because its just a pile of disadvantages paired with no gain of in flight maneuverability.
I really like the concept of that pitch controlled multirotor. It must give much better response and maneuverability compared to a normal quadcopter. Maybe a Tricopter version of it could outperform a heli. I wonder if the esc is used in "idle up" or if an throttlecurve is needed.
This thing (scaled up) may allow to use an combustion engine...
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Crashpilot1000 December 2, 2013
I forgot: The design reminds me of C64 Spacetaxi ... those were the days...
http://vintagetech.netii.net/GPICS/space%20taxi%20copy.gif
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mipi December 3, 2013
"Pad one, Please"
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Crashpilot1000 December 4, 2013
Hahaha, exactly!
Since the stingray design is 1:1 to spacetaxi it should have a soundchip playing "Up please" on start...
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lracnolip December 3, 2013
Really cool, would of liked to see David and Josh fly it and give their opinions
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Dirt Pilot December 3, 2013
This is the next big thing in RC flying.
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thejosh108 December 3, 2013
This is impressive! And i don't even fly quadcopters. I found that this Video really worked well with podcast 006. Keep it up.
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iitra December 3, 2013
G'day from down under this is fantastic what a great piece of engineering ill have to look at getting one myself, there was only one thing better then seeing this fly for the first time thats was the look on David's face when this stingray took off i had the same look. This is a massive leap forward for multi rotors thank you really loved seeing the stingray fly
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LokaDesign December 2, 2013
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TDOL666 December 3, 2013
Knuckle Quad conversion kit ^_^
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BuckE67 December 4, 2013
Awesome!
Lockheed sees this video and immediately has a new project for the Skunk Works!

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Prodigy Flyer C December 4, 2013
THAT'S what I'm talking about! That is what I like o see here! If anything, I want one of those!
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mad_milchmann December 6, 2013
Please do an FPV racing video with two stingrays! that would be awesome.
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jay302 December 3, 2013
I love the design! There is one thing I can't seem to wrap my head around. How does rudder/yaw control work? In a conventional quad, it's controlled by the torque of the motors...
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wantto3d December 6, 2013
As I see it, like you said, it's the torque the motors produce that makes the quad rotate. So on this quad its the same: The two opposite motors lower their angle of attack, creating less drag or torque, while the other two increase there angle of attack, creating more drag or torque.
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cpheliallday May 15, 2014
Technically because it's mechanically driven there should be no difference in speed between the rotor heads, no matter what the angle of attack? It obviously works, however; it seems like the opposite of "works on paper but not in practice". One would think that by increase/decreasing pitch at any of the rotor heads, it would cause too much lift/no lift to control horizontal yaw smoothly. (Without also pitching one way or another) Then add a bank turn and the blade pitch to yaw theory makes even less sense.
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Airborne Media Pros December 6, 2013
Nice work guys.
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ChiggenWingz December 7, 2013
I literally bought one of these after seeing this review. I come from a quadcopter background so I thought this would be cool to fly. But the setup instructions are very orientated for helicopter pilots as there is a lot of assumed knowledge in regards to standard helicopter setup configuration, such as linking throttle speed along with collective pitch (took me 3 days to figure out what I was meant to do).

The other pain in the ass thing, is there does not appear to be any auto leveling. So this is by no means a good copter for casual quad-copter pilots that want something new and fun to zoom around in. I'm sure that any pilots who are use to helicopters or regularly use rate control mode on their quads will find this fun. But atm, it goes into my pile of too hard to fly :(
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Billbo911 December 2, 2013
I am not a Quad pilot, but I gotta say, I GOTTA GIT ME ONE O' THEM!!!

As an engineer, I must say, I LOVE this design. The simplicity and efficiency are genious!

So, has Amazon Prime Air seen these yet???
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bukueOner December 10, 2013
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bukueOner December 10, 2013
Doubt it would have much payload capacity so i don't think amazon would get it especially considering they're around $700 a pop. Plus there's better quads out there anyway. It would be hard to even get a fpv system running on it with a small custom frame like that. - See more at: http://www.flitetest.com/articles/stingray-500-review#sthash.Li8b7zXW.dpuf
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the vicar April 26, 2014
Wow awesome flying. Great machine love the fact it is just one motor. Looks as good as it flies.
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cpheliallday May 15, 2014
it would be very interesting to see how shorter 4 blade rotor heads would fly.
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