ELEV-8 v3 Quadcopter Kit
The ELEV-8 v3 was designed in the USA from the ground up to offer the best experience possible for college students, educators, researchers, and developers. (Read an interview with the engineer here.)
We’ve thoughtfully engineered the entire quadcopter as a durable yet highly functional aerial development platform. A generous 3lb payload capacity or flights up to 20 minutes on a single battery support the experiments and applications you want to pursue.
The entire system is designed in a clean, open plan that requires no soldering for assembly. It is rugged enough to survive most minor crashes (inevitable if you’re doing development, as we well know). All parts are easily accessible so it can be repaired rather quickly and inexpensively—all replacement components are available from Parallax headquarters in Rocklin, California.
At the heart of the quadcopter is the ELEV-8 Flight Controller (#80204). We’ve developed our own in-house, so we can keep the Flight Controller, thoroughly-commented C-language firmware, airframe hardware, and Ground Station software tightly integrated as we continue to add features and develop accessories and applications.
We invite you to do the same. Because we strongly believe in the power of hands-on learning, we’re releasing all of our firmware and software code as well as the PCB and airframe design files for your use. (See the Downloads section for open-source files.)
- ELEV-8 Flight Controller—onboard 32-bit Propeller multicore microcontroller, 3D accelerometer/gyro/magnometer, altimeter, XBee socket, and multiple expansion ports to support your projects
- Robust & Open Chassis—durable yet machinable aluminum, composite, Delrin, and acrylic parts make upgrades and customization a breeze
- Engineered to survive minor crashes, and to be easily repaired after major crashes, while protecting the motors and flight instrumentation to save you time and money!
- High-Performance isolation system for the flight controller reduces vibrations by up to 70%, significantly improving control response and impact protection
- Step-by-step online ELEV-8 v3 Assembly & Flying Guides will help you learn from your build experience, and get you in the air sooner! (Technical support is always available if you have questions.)
- Pair it with our ELEV-8 Web tutorials for a California A-G Approved drone curriculum.
- Higher Education — a ground-breaking tool to aid college students in the understanding of physics, mathematics, control systems, programming, and engineering
- Research & Development — use as an aerial platform for data acquisition, materials transport, or anything else you can imagine!
- Aerial Imaging — adapt your ELEV-8 to capture stunning photos and videos from the air!
- While it is great for learning, the ELEV-8 v3 is not a toy. Improper or negligent use can cause bodily injury or property damage.
- Recommended for ages 18 or over.
- If you own an ELEV-8 v3 Quadcopter you must register it with the Federal Aviation Adminstration’s UAS Registry before flying outdoors.
- A USB A to Micro B cable is required to load flight controller firmware, not included.
- An RF transmitter and receiver, Li-po battery (3300 mAh or 5300 mAh), and battery charger are required for flight, not included. For detailed requirements, please see the ELEV-8 v3 Quadcopter Assembly Guide.
DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Parallax Inc. is not responsible for any direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages and personal injuries, including that to life, and health, resulting from the customer’s application and use of these Parallax Inc. products. You, the customer, assume full and unlimited responsibility for all customer ELEV-8 Multicopter applications and uses. Your purchase of this ELEV-8 product constitutes your agreement to hereafter assume full and total responsibility for your subsequent utilization of the ELEV-8 and you agree to defend, protect, save harmless, and indemnify Parallax Inc., its officers, and employees relative to your potential use and misuse of this product, in whole or in part. Should you disagree, please do not complete this purchase or return the complete un-assembled kit to the point of purchase.
By purchasing this product you agree to the above terms.
Note: Educational discount cannot be applied to this product.
- Motor axis diameter (excluding propellers): 22.2 inches (565 mm)
- Outer diameter (including propellers): 33.2 inches (844 mm)
- Total height: 8.0 inches (203 mm)
- Collapsed size (booms folded, propellers & landing gear removed): 24.3 x 5.8 x 4.1 inches (616 x 146 x 103 mm)
- As-sold weight (excluding battery and RC receiver): 37.0 ounces (1.05 kg)
- Ready-to-fly weight (including 5300 mAh battery and Spektrum AR610 receiver): 51.9 ounces (1.47 kg)
- Maximum takeoff weight (MTOW): 6.2 lbs (2.8 kg)
- Maximum payload (excluding a 5300 mAh battery): 3.0 lbs (1.4 kg)
- Build time: 5-10 hours
- (1) – ELEV-8 Flight Controller
- (4) – 11×4.5R (Clockwise) Nylon Glass-Fiber Multirotor Propellers
- (4) – 11×4.5L (Counter-Clockwise) Nylon Glass-Fiber Multirotor Propellers
- (4) – KEDA 2217-1000kV Brushless Outrunner Motors (with propeller adapters and extra long wires with pre-soldered 3.5mm bullet connectors)
- (4) – Parallax xRotor 20A Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC) (running customized BLHeli firmware, with pre-soldered 3.5mm bullet connectors)
- (1) – Parallax ELEV-8 Power Distribution Board (with sixteen 3.5mm bullet connectors, four 3-pin headers for accessories, and a power cable for batteries with EC3 connectors)
- (1) – Airframe kit with anodized aluminum booms and high-strength composite body plates
- (1) – Hardware kit with all the necessary screws, nuts, washers, and spacers
- (1) – Electronics kit with all the necessary wires and connectors
- (1) – Safety Glasses
NOTE: An RF transmitter and receiver, Li-po battery (3300 mAh or 5300 mAh), and battery charger are required for flight, not included. A USB A to Micro B cable is required to load flight controller firmware updates, not included.
Made in the USA of U.S. and imported parts. Many parts are manufactured at Parallax headquarters in Rocklin, California.
sUAS Purchasing Policy – 717.47 KB | updated: 15 Mar 2017 – 1:05 pm
Parallax GroundStation Software for Mac – 12.28 MB | updated: 28 Oct 2016 – 3:18 pm
ELEV-8 Power Distribution Board Guide – 160.15 KB | updated: 09 Feb 2016 – 3:28 pm
ELEV-8 Flight Controller DipTrace Files – 519.91 KB | updated: 22 Dec 2015 – 9:19 am
ELEV-8 v3 Quadcopter SolidWorks Design Files – 56.6 MB | updated: 21 Dec 2015 – 5:25 pm
ELEV-8 v3 Quadcopter eDrawings – 26.71 MB | updated: 18 Dec 2015 – 6:08 pm
ELEV-8 v3 Quadcopter Design Supplement – 1.32 MB | updated: 18 Dec 2015 – 6:04 pm
Parallax GroundStation Software for Windows – 12.65 MB | updated: 28 Oct 2016 – 3:04 pm
ELEV-8 Flight Controller Firmware – 149.35 KB | updated: 28 Oct 2016 – 2:49 pm
ELEV-8 Flight Controller Product Guide – 771.17 KB | updated: 04 Jan 2017 – 3:25 pm
Spektrum DX6 or DX7 Configuration File – 2.8 KB | updated: 16 Dec 2015 – 3:04 pm
ELEV-8 v3 Quadcopter Kit Package Insert – 60.55 KB | updated: 21 Jul 2016 – 11:28 am