TBS Discovery Pro

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The Discovery Pro is made by Team BlackSheep and spesially made for aerial photography and videography. It is based on the TBS Discovery with additional electronics for the on-board brushless gimbal controller and video switcher.

Specifications

  • Released:
    Tbs discovery pro kit.jpg
    • DJI Flame Wheel: November 2011
    • TBS Discovery Pro: July 2013
  • Type: Asymmetric spider quadrotor
  • Airframe: Reinforced fiberglass
  • Absolute size: *notyet*
  • Frame only size: *notyet*
  • All up weight: 1500-2000 grams
    • Frame with arms: 414 grams
    • Frame only: *notyet* grams
  • Takeoff weight: 800-1200 grams
  • Current sensor: on-board 50A
  • Battery: 4S 3300-4500mAh 30C+ single LiPo pack recommended
    • Battery weight: 320-460 grams recommended
    • Battery cage: *notyet* mm - extreme dimensions, aim for 4-8 mm less for good fit
      • Usable battery space: *notyet*
      • Note: at L142 mm, limited by the rear arms on the top plate to either W36 or H31 mm
  • Suitable motors: 22x12 mm (Ø28x26-28mm) or 22x16 mm (Ø28x30-34mm) recommended, 900KV, 150-250W, 50-75grams
    • Motor mount arms: 16x19 mm pattern
  • Propellers: 9x5-inch (more locked-in, less airtime) or 10x5-inch (more airtime, less locked-in)
  • ESC: 4x 18-30A 400Hz switched speed controller
  • Forward speed: ~60 km/h / ~40 miles/h
  • Flight time: 10-12 minutes
  • Center of Gravity: 15 mm forward of the bottom Center of Thrust mark
  • Behaviors like: T-Rex 450 without 3D capability [1]
  • Recommended flying area: minimum 25x25 meters
  • Screws: Frame arms 24x M2.5x5mm, frame spacers 8x M3x6mm, motors 16x M3x8mm
  • Clone arms: HJ450, RM450, Q450, FY450 [2]
  • Product pages:
    • DJI Hobby - Flame Wheel kits and NAZA flight controller
    • Team BlackSheep - TBS Discovery Pro - Gimbal camera and FPV frame
  • Similar models:

Manual

I put most of my time on this project creating the official manual for the PRO.

Board revisions

  • v1.0 May 2013 - pre-production model, used for internal testing
  • v1.1 July 2013 - launch production model, shipped August 2013
  • v1.2 November 2013 - added test points for dianostics

Equipment

Battery

  • TBS 4S 4500mAh Lipo pack - great quality, Kypom brand
  • Kypom 4S 5100mAh Lipo pack - great quality, good capacity, 15min flights [3]
  • Zippy Compact 4S 5800mAh 25C Lipo pack - great capacity, just fits might need to cut edge of frame arm
  • Zippy Compact 4S 5000mAh 25C Lipo pack - fits nicely, 14-15min flights [4]

Accessories

  • TBS Discovery case
  • Pelican 1550 case [5] - fits frame without propellers
  • DJI Landing Gear [6]

Tips and tricks

Take a look at TBS Discovery page, it has a lot in common with the PRO.

Presentation

DISCOVERY PRO announcement:

Video switching example:

Quick assembly and installation video:

References