It seems like every day there is a new video of someone’s expensive quadcopter falling out of the sky for no reason. The risks of each crash are substantial. Property, people, and the quadcopter are all at risk. You can probably imagine the costs of repairing a car’s paint job or paying someone’s medical bills. We’re not saying that a recovery system can completely remove these risks, but we believe that having one can help reduce the total damage by a substantial amount (sort of like an airbag in a car.) We also believe that the continued and widely publicized failures that occur will eventually lead to even more regulation than currently enacted, creating, even more, barriers to substantial progress in this industry.
The most effective aerial protection system around.
At North UAV, we believe that the future of unmanned flight can bring the world amazing new products, services, and experiences. But right now these incredible new devices are a little bit hazardous when used incorrectly. That’s why the team at North UAV has worked really hard to create Mayday.
You can program the Mayday to do a wide range of servo release motions to protect against a crash. This allows it to be used with almost any recovery system on the market.
Built like a brick wall.
Unlike many other RC/Multirotor products, the Mayday is thoroughly input protected. What good is a safety device that can’t protect itself? Since it is input protected, we can do space saving things like putting the servo connector right next to the battery connector.
Simple to Install.
Simple two cable interface and mounting makes installing Mayday a breeze.
Works as a standalone device.
The Mayday can be used all by itself without any connections to a flight controller. Connect the parachute release servo to the Mayday board then connect a small battery, and you’re ready to go!
From supercharged rigs to power and play. Mayday works everywhere.
Mayday can work with any and every multirotor setup seamlessly. Just power and go. Simple!
Plastic Case: Made in the U.S. the shell is a special lightweight polymer perfect for flight applications.
Weight: Mayday will weigh around 0.5oz (14.1g)
Size: Length 3(cm) 1.18(in) Width 3(cm) 1.18(in), Final height will be between 1(cm) to 1.2(cm) (0.4 in)
Li-Po battery range: 1S, 2S, 3S.
Voltage range: 3v – 12v.
You can easily use it with any RX channel capable of driving a servo.
Sensors: The Mayday uses more sensors than the average smartphone. Onboard it has a high-resolution Altimeter to detect relative altitude, a 3-axis Gyroscope for rotation speed, 3-axis Accelerometer to detect angle and gravity, and a 3-axis Magnetometer to for angle and heading relative to magnetic north. No more buying separate IMUs that might not even work with your board.
Mayday vs Manual Release.
Some of the most commonly used multirotors on the market don’t possess the functionality to add a parachute release to them, and if they do, it’s very limiting and prevents you from using something else like a camera gimbal.
In most of the crashes we analyzed, we found that mechanical failures were pretty rare and that it was much more common for a battery connector to come loose, a flight controller to reset, or a complete power system failure to occur. All of which can prevent a manual release.
But it’s not about humans doing it better than machines. Humans, for the foreseeable future, will always be better at making certain decisions when compared to a computer. Mayday is not about beating or outperforming human intelligence. Mayday is about getting this technology (UAS, Quadcopters) to the point where we can trust it to carry out tasks autonomously; and to do it on a large enough scale to where it would be ridiculous for a human to monitor a single system in case of a crash.
For those that are still not convinced, Mayday will have a manual override feature available in an upcoming firmware update.
Can it be updated? What if there is a glitch?
The Mayday has a built in firmware updater that allows for easy updates and setting changes to the Mayday via USB. You can find this software on our companion website Mayday Boards. Side note: We also have plans to use this software as a way to show usage stats and to increase our crash data knowledge base. This will allow us to detect patterns and possibly be able to spot warning signs,