FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS for Aerial Cinematography

FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS for Aerial Cinematography

FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS for Aerial Cinematography

B&H # FRALTA8 MFR # 950-00049
Special Order
Expected availability: 7-14 business days

Product Highlights

  • Designed for Aerial Cinematography
  • Up to 20 lb Payload Capacity
  • Works with MoVI Series Gimbals
  • Gimbal Top- & Bottom-Mounting Supported
  • Synapse Intelligent Flight Controller
  • Advanced Vibration-Isolation System
  • Weather-Resistant Distribution Board
  • Silent Drive Motors
  • User-Definable LEDs
  • Hard Transit Case Included
Show moreShow less

Payload Capacity: 20 lb

15 lb

Special Order

20 lb

This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

WARNING: Carefully read instructions to ensure proper configuration before use. Failure to use this product responsibly may result in loss, damage, or injury.

You Pay: $17,495.00

Add to Wish List Item in Wish List

FREEFLY Alta 8 overview

  • 1Description

The ALTA 8 from Freefly is an octo-rotor configuration UAS for aerial cinematography. Designed to work in conjunction with a MoVI gimbal (available separately), the ALTA 8 will support payloads up to 20 pounds, making it ideal for today's lightweight cinema cameras. The ALTA 8 allows the gimbal can be mounted above, as well as below, the aircraft, enabling "sky view" shots.

For fast setup and breakdown, the ALTA 8 employs Freefly's Toad in the Hole (TITH) quick release gimbal attachment mechanism. For extra portability, the prop arms retract and props fold in half for a smaller footprint that is easier to transport.


Efficient Design
18-inch props, optimized propulsion system, and a lightweight carbon fiber frame together allow flight times comparable to quadcopters while being able to carry the weight of a cinema camera and gimbal.
Flight Time
The ALTA 8 supports flights of over 15 minutes when using two 16 Ah batteries with a payload of 15 lb.

SYNAPSE Intelligent Flight Control System

Precise Positioning
By fusing GPS data with the IMU and Barometer, the ALTA 8 is able to hold position even in difficult weather conditions. For industrial users, this gives the ability to execute complex flight paths while keeping pilot fatigue low.
Velocity Clamps
The SYNAPSE features velocity control with an adjustable real time speed limit. This means pilots can alter the vertical and ground velocities to ensure precise, repeatable camera moves.
Height Hold
The SYNAPSE flight controller takes readings from accelerometers, barometer, and GPS and fuses them together to create high-bandwidth height-control flight mode. This feature is designed to give filmmakers a "dolly in the sky."
Return to Home
Alta 8's return-home function features a "safe height" parameter. With this set, on return home the aircraft will fly at a fixed elevation to avoid collision with obstacles below the pre-defined limit.
Automatic Data Logging
The ALTA 8 allows you to monitor and analyze performance and health using Freefly's proprietary high-speed data logging via microSD card. Data can be inspected using Freefly's data viewer application.


Functions accessible through the app include:
  • Flight Pack Voltage
  • Satellite Count
  • Flight Mode
  • Attitude
  • Pilot Checklists
  • Vibration Levels
  • Height
  • Temperature

Works with MoVI Gimbals

Top Mount Camera Option
In addition to traditional bottom ("Ground View") mounting, the ALTA 8 supports mounting the gimbal on top of the aircraft ("Sky View"). This enables capturing distinct camera angles from beneath an elevated subject.
Quick Release Gimbal Attachment
The Alta 8 supports Freefly's Toad in the Hole (TITH) mounting system, the same mount found on MoVI gimbal. This reduces setup and breakdown time, and makes switching between "Ground View" and "Sky View" modes easy.

Note: MoVI gimbal available separately.

Air System Design

Folding Frame
The frame and propellers fold for a footprint that is 50% of the Alta 8's size in operational configuration. This makes it easy to pack up and carry along, even to remote locations.
Vibration Isolation System
A vibration-isolation system rejects high-frequency disturbances, adding further image stability on top of what the gimbal provides.
Weather Resistant
The ALTA 8 features a lightweight molded plastic enclosure to cover the flight control and power distribution board to protect them from the elements.
Receiver Mounting Bay
The ALTA 8 provides two fully enclosed receiver mounting bays to keep these sensitive components protected and dry.
Silent Drive
The ALTA 8 utilizes sinusoidal drive motor controls, and the motors are custom tuned to match the F45 flight controller, with optimizations for speed, reliability, and robustness. The motor drives are constantly monitoring a variety of parameters and reporting status to the SYNAPSE.

Required for Completion

    The ALTA 8 comes as an ARF (almost ready-to-fly) bundle. It features a hard transit case, Quick-release top handle, and inverted landing gear for top-mounting the gimbal. In addition to these included items, typical use cases may require the following:
    MoVI gimbal
    Transmitter (radio controller) and compatible receiver
    At least two flight batteries
    Aero Landing Gear (lower landing gear for flying a MoVI in the bottom mount configuration)
    An FPV system
    UPC: 635414907852
    In the Box
    FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS for Aerial Cinematography
  • Case
  • Case Lid Foam
  • 18 x Isolator Cartridges
  • Electronic Luggage Scale
  • Inverted Landing Gear for Top Mounting Drone
  • USB to Futaba Power Cable
  • 4 x Antenna Tubes
  • 4 x FPV Cables
  • Quick Release Battery Tray
  • FPV Mount Plate
  • Installation Hardware
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    FREEFLY Alta 8 specs

    Payload Capacity Up to 20.0 lb / 9.1 kg
    Specific Power 145 W/kg
    Thrust Ratio 1.85:1
    Payload Mounting Mounting Locations: Bottom and top mount
    Mounting System: Freefly Toad in the Hole, (TITH) Quick Release
    FPV Camera Mount: Between Booms 8 & 1
    FPV Transmitter Mount: Boom 2
    Isolation System Vibration Isolation System: Silicone O-Rings
    Soft / Light Payloads: Red O-Rings
    Medium / Medium Payloads: Teal O-Rings
    Stiff / Heavy Payloads: Black O-Rings
    Lighting and Indication Status Light: 1 W red, 1 W white LEDs
    Orientation Lights: 3 W RGB LED
    Orientation Light Color Options: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, White
    Model Freefly F45
    Quantity 8
    Type Direct Drive 3-Phase PMAC Outrunner
    Max Continuous Power Output 350 W
    Max Instantaneous Peak Power 950 W
    Maximum RPM 6300 rpm (flat rated)
    Motor Velocity Constant 384 Kv
    ESC Model: Freefly Silent-Drive Sine Wave ESC
    Flight Controller
    Model Freefly SYNAPSE flight controller
    Number of Channels Transmitter must support more than 5 channels
    Supported Radios Futaba S.Bus & S.Bus2
    DSM2 (Spektrum/JR)
    PPM Invert
    PPM Graupner
    Supported Telemetry Systems Futaba w/ built-in voltage sense port
    Connectivity Inputs: DSMX, DSM2, S.Bus, S.Bus2, PPM, FPV SD
    Flight Modes Manual
    Height Mode
    Position Mode
    GPS Support GNSS: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
    Installed Transceivers Wi-Fi
    Data Logging Rate 25 Hz
    FPV and Monitoring
    Supported FPV Transmitters Skyzone
    Fat Shark

    Note: NTSC and PAL FPV devices supported
    Supported FPV Cameras Ready Made RC
    OSD Support Depends on installed telemetry system (available separately)
    Model Freefly ALTA
    Type 18 x 6 folding
    Configuration 4 x CW and 4 x CCW propellers
    Material Carbon fiber with balsa core
    Flight Battery Requirements
    Voltage 6S / 22.2V
    Maximum Battery Size 9.44 x 7 x 3.14" / 240 x 180 x 80 mm
    Battery Quantity 2 battery packs (parallel)
    Connector 2 x EC5 (parallel)
    Discharge Rate Per Pack: 250 A / 500 A peak (or better)
    Dimensions Unfolded Diameter: 52.16" / 1325 mm (does not include Props)
    Folded Diameter: 25.98" / 660 mm (does not include Props)
    Height to base of Toad in The Hole (TITH): 10.35" / 263 mm
    Weight Maximum Gross for Takeoff: 40 lb /18.1 kg
    Maximum Useful Load: 26.4 lb / 12 kg
    Maximum Payload: 20.0 lb / 9.1 kg
    Typical Standard Empty Weight: 13.6 lb / 6.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 67.0 x 33.0 x 23.0"

    FREEFLY Alta 8 reviews

    Be the first to review this item

    FREEFLY Alta 8 Q&A

    FREEFLY Alta 8 accessories

    See any errors on this page? Let us know.