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X68 Pro Series for 4-20 kg sUAV

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X68 Pro Series for 4-20 kg sUAV

from 7.00

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, gases or explosives are needed! X68 is suitable for medium and large copters such as DJI s1000, up to 20 kg!

All-in-one packages include:

  • X68 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.
  • 84-SUL package contains 1 m extension cord as standard for stabilising the descent and for extending the parachute and copter distance. For other packages extension cord usage is recommended too as an accessory.

 

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Table below shows calculated descend speed, impact energy and freefall equivalent in relation to aircraft weight.

Descent metrics for a 4 m2 and IFC-60-S parachutes

Drone weight, kg Descent speed, m/s Impact energy, joules Freefall equivalent, meters
3.5 3.4 20 0.59
4.0 4.0 32 0.81
4.5 4.3 42 0.94
5.0 4.5 51 1.03
5.5 4.8 63 1.17
6.0 5.0 75 1.27
7.0 5.3 98 1.43
8.0 5.7 130 1.65
9.0 6.1 167 1.90
10.0 6.4 205 2.09
11.0 6.7 247 2.29
12.0 7.0 294 2.50
No parachute, comparison:
10.0 50.0 12 500 ∞ (infinity)

Descent metrics for IFC-84-SUL (ultra light) parachute

Drone weight, kg Descent speed, m/s Impact energy, joules Freefall equivalent, meters
5 3.3 26.3 0.6
6 3.6 37.8 0.7
7 3.9 51.4 0.8
8 4.1 66.4 0.9
10 4.6 103.8 1.1
12 5.0 149.5 1.3
14 5.4 203.5 1.5
16 5.8 265.7 1.7
17 5.9 300.0 1.8
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, X68-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.

Electrical installation

Trigger is controlled via PWM channel through RC receiver, autopilot PWM output or other device. Multiple control sources can be used by adding an extra trigger for each. Trigger gets 4.9 - 6.1V operating voltage from PWM wire. Power source for launch can be either aircraft's flight battery, or a dedicated launch battery.

To get protection against aircraft power loss, it's recommended to use a dedicated launch battery and add a BEC backup guard to the system, to keep receiver and trigger alive, if aircraft BEC fails. Two recommended manufacturers for backup guards are OptiPower and Scorpion

 

Technical data

System Specs

Total system weight: Approx. 420g (0.93 lbs) , including X68 launcher, parachute and trigger.

 

Launcher

  • X68-CF launcher is made of carbon fiber tube combined with precision NC machined POM plastics.
  • Diameter: 68 mm / 2.68 in
  • Length: 229 mm / 9.02 in
  • Weight: 189 grams / 6.67 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 diameter 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-60-S

  • Weight: 185 grams / 6.53 oz
  • Recommended aircraft weight: 4 - 8 kg / 8.8 - 17.6 lbs
  • Maximum aircraft weight: 11 kg / 24.3 lbs
  • Manufacturer's size data: Effective diameter when deployed 60 in / 1,52 m.

Fruity Chutes IFC-84-SUL (ultra light)

  • Weight: 190 grams / 6.7 oz
  • Recommended aircraft weight: 4 - 17 kg / 8.8 - 34.5 lbs
  • Maximum aircraft weight: 17 kg / 34,5 lbs
  • Manufacturer's size data: Effective diameter when deployed 84 in / 2.14 m.

Opale Paramodels 4 m2

  • Weight: 186 grams / 6.56 oz
  • Recommended aircraft weight: 4 - 5 kg / 8.8 - 11 lbs
  • Maximum aircraft weight: 7,5 kg / 16.5 lbs
  • Manufacturer's size data: Canopy area 4.0 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.

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