FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS with Futaba 14SGH Controller

FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS with Futaba 14SGH Controller

FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS with Futaba 14SGH Controller

B&H # FR95000056 MFR # 950-00056
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Payload Capacity: 20 lb

15 lb

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20 lb

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FREEFLY Alta 8 overview

  • 1Description

The FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS Bundle includes the ALTA 8 UAS and Futaba 14SGH 14-Channel 2.4 GHz Computer Radio System.

  • ALTA 8 UAS for Aerial Cinematography

    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.

    ALTA App

    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
    • 14SGH 14-Channel 2.4 GHz Computer Radio System

      The heli-optimized 14SGH 14-Channel 2.4 GHz Computer Radio System from Futaba is a transmitter (radio controller) that can be programmed to control a multitude of RC aircraft, including fixed-wind planes, helicopters and multi-rotors, and gilders. It can also be used with certain production equipment, such as video stabilizer gimbals, that have compatible receivers. The transmitter features 14-channels and supports receivers with the FASSTest, FASST, and S-FHSS protocols. The "H" in the model number indicates that the throttle gimbal is smooth rather than ratcheted, which is considered the preferred arrangement by many heli fliers.

      The programmable computer is able to store settings for up to 30 models internally, and this memory can be expanded using an SD or SDHC card up to 32GB in capacity. To access the menu to change settings or view data from the aircraft (where supported) there is a 1.8 x 3" back-lit LCD screen. The transmitter is configured for Mode 2. Mode two is the most common in the U.S., however users in other countries may be accustomed to a different Mode. In Mode 2, roll and pitch are controlled with the pilot's right hand while yaw and throttle are controlled with the pilot's left hand.

      Free user-updatable software - simply load the update on an SD card
      10-character user naming and 10-character model naming
      SensorTouch programming technology
      Rubber grips on the sides and back
      Eye-socket for lanyard designed to provide perfect balancing


      Left and right assignable slider switches
      Two assignable rotary knobs
      Six assignable three-position switches
      One assignable momentary two-position switch
      One assignable two-position switch
      Wide top switch spacing
      Adjustable stick tension
      Dual ball bearing gimbals
      Four vibration warning types
      Home/Exit; User Menu/Servo Monitor buttons
      Audio earphone jack for telemetry alarms
      User stick calibration
      Trainer system


      Servo speed adjust
      Five programmable mixes
      V-tail, Ailvator, winglet, motor mixing
      Trim mix
      Logic switch (condition switch only)
      Internal programmer for S.Bus servos
      Servo monitor (neutral and moving tests)
      Integral timer with two count up/countdown timers
      Quick model select function

      Airplane Features

      Flap setting menu
      Differential ailerons
      Five-point throttle and pitch curves
      Idle down
      • Seven different wing types
      • Three different tail types
      • Two different rudder types
      Supported Mixing:
      • Aileron to camber flap mixing
      • Aileron to brake flap mixing
      • Aileron to rudder mixing
      • Rudder to aileron mixing
      • Rudder to elevator mixing
      • Camber mixing
      • Elevator to camber mixing
      • Camber flap to elevator mixing
      • Snap roll mixing
      • Airbrake mixing
      • V-Tail mixing
      • Ailvator
      • Winglet
      • Motor mixing
      • Fuel mixture mixing
      • Gyro mixing

      Helicopter Features

      Six swash plate types
      Five-point throttle and pitch curves
      High/low pitch settings
      Throttle hold
      Swash AFR
      Swash settings: mixing rate, linkage compensation, and speed compensation
      Electronic swash ring
      Throttle cut
      Supported Mixing:
      • Swash mix
      • Throttle mix
      • Pitch to rudder mixing
      • Fuel mixture mixing
      • Gyro mixing with Flybarless support
      • Governor mixing (700 to 3500 rpm)

      Glider Features

      Flap setting menu
      Differential ailerons
      • 11 different wing types
      • Three different tail types
      • Two different rudder types
      Supported Mixing:
      • Aileron to camber flap mixing
      • Aileron to brake flap mixing
      • Aileron to rudder mixing
      • Rudder to aileron mixing
      • Rudder to elevator mixing
      • Camber mixing
      • Elevator to camber mixing
      • Camber flap to elevator mixing
      • Butterfly mixing
      • Butterfly to elevator mixing
    In the Box
    Bundle Items
    • 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
    • R7008SP Receiver
    • HT5F1800B NiMH Battery
    • Battery Charger
    • Li-Fe Spacer for Optional FT2F2100B and FT2F1700 Batteries
    • Switch Harness
    • Neck Strap
    • Limited 1-Year Warranty
    Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    • ALTA 8 UAS for Aerial Cinematography
      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 Monitoringeuwtsrazucxscvzzxfczctarfff
      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"
    • 14SGH 14-Channel 2.4 GHz Computer Radio System
      Modulation FASSTest, FASST, S-FHSS
      Band 2.4 GHz
      Number of Channels Proportional: 12
      Switched: 2
      Computer Radio Yes
      Model Memory 30
      Naming User Naming: 10-character
      Model Naming: 10-character
      Programming Airplane, helicopter, glider
      Modes Modes 2
      Expansion Storage SD/SDHC memory cards from 32 MB to 32 GB
      Type Back-lit LCD
      Size 1.8 x 3" / 4.4 x 7.6 cm
      Resolution 128 x 64
      Battery Type 6V 1800 mAh NiMH battery pack
      Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
      Weight Not specified by manufacturer
      Modulation FASSTest 2.4 GHz system, S.Bus system
      Antenna Dual antenna diversity
      Power Requirements 3.7 to 7.4 VDC battery or regulated output from ESC or other aircraft-based source

      Note: When using ESC's, make sure that the regulated output capacity meets your usage application
      Dimensions 1 x 1.7 x 0.6" / 24.9 x 47.3 x 14.3 mm
      Weight 0.4 oz
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.0 x 10.0 x 5.0"

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