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X48 Pro Series for 2 - 9 kg sUAV

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X48 Pro Series for 2 - 9 kg sUAV

from 40.00

 

Light. Efficient. Reliable. Professional series launchers utilize patented Skycat Fuse® technology to offer market leading reliability and groundbreaking performance in a small package!

No fault prone servos, gasses or explosives are needed! X48 is perfect for small sUAVs but with ultra light parachutes may be used with medium size models!

All-in-one packages include:

  • X48 launcher, trigger unit and parachute
  • Fuse materials for 20 launches
  • Harness kit, including a steel ring, a quick lock and 3 meters of parachute line.
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Skycat X48-CF with IFC-48-SUL parachute and shock cord.

Skycat X48-CF with IFC-48-SUL parachute and shock cord.

Descent metrics for Opale 1,8 m2

Drone weight, kg Descent speed, m/s Impact energy, joules Freefall equivalent, meters
2.0 4.6 21 1.07
2.5 5.0 32 1.28
3.0 5.7 49 1.65
3.7 6.1 69 1.87
4.0 6.3 80 2.1
4.5 6.7 101 2.28
No parachute, comparison:
10.0 50.0 12 500 ∞ (infinity)

Descent metrics for IFC-48-SUL (ultra light) parachutes

Drone weight, kg Descent speed, m/s Impact energy, joules Freefall equivalent, meters
3.5 4.6 37 1.08
4.0 5.1 52 1.32
4.5 5.4 65 1.47
5.0 5.7 80 1.63
5.5 5.9 97 1.80
6.0 6.2 115 1.96
7.0 6.7 157 2.29
8.0 7.2 205 2.61
9.0 7.6 260 2.94
10.0 8.0 321 3.27
11.0 8.4 388 3.59
12.0 8.8 461 3.92
No parachute, comparison:
10.0 50.0 12 500 ∞ (infinity)

Mechanical installation

We offer many kinds of mounting options, check them out at the store. Launcher needs to be supported from the base, against recoil forces. For custom installation, X48-CF launcher features M3 threads at the base. Velcro can be used to secure launcher in place.

Parachute installation

Parachute is connected directly to the most durable locations of the airframe. All-in-one kits come with 3 meters of strong harness line. To get ready-to-install, custom length harness lines, kit can be upgraded with our Pro Harness Upgrade, shown below.

Technical data

System Specs

Total system weight: Approx. 250g (0.55 lbs) , including full system; X48 launcher, parachute, trigger and standard 3m harness lines with quick lock.

Launcher

  • X48-CF launcher is made of carbon fiber combined with precision NC machined POM plastics.
  • Diameter: 48 mm / 1.89 in
  • Length: 203 mm / 7.99 in
  • Weight 126 g / 4.44 oz
  • 4 x M3 mounting threads at bottom
  • Temperature range: -25°C - +40°C / -13°F - +104°F (note: direct sunshine may heat black tube)

Parachute

Maximum aircraft weight is defined by the parachute manufacturer. It is the maximum weight the parachute can withstand when opened in terminal speed (freefall). Model parachutes are designed to open immediately and therefore forces can be extremely high, therefore it's important to stay within the limits. 

Note, Fruity Chutes parachutes is represented as effective diameter when deployed. Especially round parachutes typically are represented as flat diameter measured on the ground, which results much higher value but smaller parachute.

Fruity Chutes IFC-48-SUL

  • Weight: 75 g / 2.6 oz
  • Maximum recommended weight: 3 - 5 kg / 6.6 - 11 lbs
  • Maximum weight: 9 kg / 19.7 lbs
  • Manufacturer's size data: Effective diameter when deployed 48 in / 1,22 m

Opale Paramodels 1,8 m2

  • Weight: 80 g / 2.82 oz
  • Copter recommended weight 2 - 3 kg / 4.4 - 6.6 lbs
  • Copter max. weight 5,5 kg / 12.1 lbs
  • Manufacturer's size data: Canopy area 1,8 m2.

Trigger

  • Trigger weight: 26 - 66 grams depending on version and cable length on final installation. 30 cm cables supplied as standard.
  • Launch battery voltage: 3-4S; V2 Trigger
  • Launch battery voltage 3-6S; V3 Pro Trigger
  • Receiver voltage: 4.9V - 6.1V
  • Receiver power supply 5V/0.5A: V3 Pro Trigger

The unit comes with a user manual. An instructional video about arming, disarming and parachute packing is sent upon order. Don't hesitate to contact us at support@skycat.pro if you have any questions about this product.

Recommended weight ranges and copter weight limits are given  by the manufacturer of the parachute. Weight has two kind of limits:

  • Impact speed. What is in general recommended maximum weight of the copter for achieving reasonable low impact to the ground.
  • Parachute strength. What is the maximum weight of the copter which parachute manufacturer guarantees that parachute will withstand parachute deploy impact without breaking. Impact from terminal speed (free fall) when parachute deploys (opens fully) can be huge. These parachutes are designed to deploy immediately and any kind of slowing methods for deploy are not used. Therefore shock forces are much higher than could imagine.

U.S. Patent No. 9,611,044