by FliteTest | January 15, 2013 | (46) Posted in Reviews

The Quadshot from Transition Robotics, Inc. is a flying wing that can be flown as a quadcopter or an airplane (flying wing). 

Transition Robotics offers several versions of kit setups of the Quadshot; The Mocha, The Latte, The Cappuccino, The Expresso, and The Kopi Luwak. 

The kit that we're reviewing is The Mocha, and the brains of this EPO foam flyer is called the Lisa/M v2.0 autopilot board which is compatible with Paparazzi UAV project software. Lisa/M is built around the 72MHz 64-pin STM32F105RCT6 processor, which features 64k of RAM and 256k of FLASH. 

Be sure to check out the Quadshot website for more details!

Navigation and communication LEDs are setup throughout the Quadshot. The motors are secured with a pin release system.

The fins on the Quadshot snap into position and offer a 'breaking' point in the case of a crash landing, allowing the fin to snap out instead of breaking the foam wing.

We realized immediately that this multitrotor needs space. Flying indoors is not recommended with the Quadshot. 

We were able to hover it and transition into forward flight indoors but it was a challenge to say the least. This quadcopter/airplane does the best outdoors on calm day. Wind tends to blow the wing all over the place.

Transitioning between flight styles is easy to do with the flip of a switch on the radio.

Don't touch the rutter and take some time to practice flying the Quadshot and you will begin to see how fun and unique this aircraft is to fly!

The rutter turns that the Quadshot does is one of the most fun features of this flying wing. After some practice we were able to easily perform loops, flips, extreme rutter turns and more. 

We want to thank Transition Robotics, Inc. for sending us this Quadshot (Mocha) to review! Check out Transition Robotics website for more info on the Quadshot and see other projects that they are involved in!

More Photos in our forum post!  Click the "Join the Discussion" link below!

Products and links mentioned in this video:

The Quadshot

The Paparazzi Project


casehatter on January 15, 2013
Man that's right up my alley Ole Casehatter has gotta have this some day lol you guys crack me up love it and some day maybe soon..
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cwozny on January 15, 2013
Can't wait to get home from work and watch this one!
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mellamoto on January 15, 2013
Hi guys, great show please keep it up.
Been following the Qudshot project for the last year and a bit, Hak5 are big fans of the project, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeP7MMnP33g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANPX3UwRMnw
the last video is a visit to the Quodshot work shop and a how to fly tutorial
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Cyberdactyl on January 15, 2013
$350 sounds decent. I see it's DSM2 compatible. . . does that mean I can bind the Quadshot transmitter to Specktrum and OrangeRX receivers?
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ERAU1983 on January 15, 2013
Great review! I thought someone was going to slam it into the ceiling during the indoor flights. Josh B. really showed his skills. He can fly anything and make it look easy! BTW have you been letting David type the photo narratives? I've always spelled rudder with two "d"s. Five Stars
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cwozny on January 15, 2013
If you guys want to find out more info about the open-source autopilot system, you can find it at http://paparazzi.enac.fr. Many universities (including mine) use it for research. It has actually flown in the arctic circle up to a few kilometers high on full GPS autopilot!
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tramsgar on January 16, 2013
Thanks for the tapdance, guys!
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mipi on January 17, 2013
I notices tricopter had DT750's replaced. What are the new motor and why?
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ITCyoy543 on January 15, 2013
Cool! looks very interesting but Cool ! :D

also looks like you kept your snow in ohio. us west virginians got to enjoy 60 degree weather for 3 days straight ;)
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piccolo831 on January 15, 2013
I know one of the Test pilots. I have also flown some of the various prototypes. Once you get use to how it responds, it flies great. And yes, it will carry a GoPro easily and take some nice video. I flew the plane via FPV as well with a transitioning camera rig.

It will work with Spektrum, just need to connect it correctly, wire wise. They can also work off just a Satellite receiver as well, if I am not mistaken.
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ericsfailsafe on January 17, 2013
Wait, wait. What was the 3rd guy using to control the other tri-copter that video taping the Quadshot? Was that a camera streaming video to a set of video goggles?

See @ 7:50

I must know more. ´╗┐Tell me everything about that system.
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MidwestRob on January 17, 2013
I'm pretty sure that was David flying FPV with his tricopter. The video looks like it was recorded with a GoPro camera. The live feed from the camera to the goggles is different from the recorded HD video.
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cwozny on January 15, 2013
Can we get a build/setup video for this with David?
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Adib Vahedi on January 26, 2013
That is a really sick heli monster it looks sick I hope I could fly it!!!! ;)
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bill9009 on March 11, 2013
Has anyone thought of using the board with 4 edf to make a harrier? With each of the 4 ducts for lifting also controlled for the pitch any yaw.
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Crashpilot1000 on September 2, 2013
Well the Flightcontrol seems to be the only good part of that quadjunk.
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