Flying a UDI Discovery Quadcopter

USI.quadLast week I gave my new quadcopter, Sopwith Camel II— a RC U818A-1 Discovery Quadcopter—it’s maiden flight and it was a major improvement in control over my last quadcopter, since all four motors were happily spinning.

The quadcopter features a 720p HD camera with a quad-rotor design and integrated prop guards. To pilot the U818A-1 a 4-channel, 2.4 GHz handheld transmitter and is paired to the aircraft. UDI say “the copter is designed primarily for indoor use, and can be used outdoors where there is little or no wind.”

Also included are a 500mAh  battery, a USB battery charger, a 2GB microSD card, a USB card reader, two black and two white props (white props are the front of the quadcopter) and a small Phillips head screwdriver for prop replacement. The battery lasts up to 8 minutes when fully charged; the controller beeps when there is less than 30 seconds flight time—no auto home at this price point. It has two speed setting— fast and slow— and will perform flips at the touch of a button, although I haven’t tried that feature yet. There are separate buttons for video and still capture, making it easier to shoot and fly at the same time.

It’s a fun quadcopter to fly; look for new, better video—and maybe some stills—from it in future posts.

Author: Joe Farace

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