If you’ve ever dreamed of capturing high-altitude flight videos, you probably thought that would be something you could only do with an expensive UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) like the $30,000+ Draganflyer X8. Well, thanks to the guys at Team BlackSheep, you could be flying high for as little as $2000 bucks.
It may not look like much from the picture, but a whole lot of effort goes into building one of these custom flying machines, and the proof is in the pudding with the video they can capture. Here’s a video showing off the Zephyr in action:
Incredibly, this flying wing kit can reach heights as high as 16,500 feet, and air speeds up to 85 mph. Operating range is up to 9 miles, with a flight duration of around 30 to 50 minutes, depending on how much the motor is engaged vs. cruising time.
The kit includes almost everything you need to get airborne, including a 54″ wingspan flying craft, perfectly matched motor and propeller, remote-control system and a high-resolution Pixim camera for wirelessly capturing first-person footage. Plus, the BlackSheep guys have worked their own custom magic based on over 300 hours of flight experience. The only things the kit doesn’t include are the battery packs, and remote control and video receiver and video goggles so you can operate it and watch from the ground.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on the Ritewing Zephyr kit, head on over to Team BlackSheep now. If you buy one, you have to promise to send us a link to any videos you shoot.