Chinese drone maker FIMI Technology has launched its latest product, the FIMI Manta, an innovative VTOL fixed-wing drone priced at 999 RMB ($150). This slick new drone boasts a biologically inspired flying wing structure and unique Y3 tilt-rotor configuration that combines the advantages of multirotor hover stability and fixed-wing flight efficiency. With vertical takeoff and landing capabilities, the Manta can stay airborne for up to 85 minutes – an impressive feat for its 500 gram takeoff weight.
So, what makes the FIMI Manta VTOL so special, you ask? Well, let’s dive right in! Picture this: a drone that combines the best of both worlds—a biologically inspired flying wing design and a Y3 configuration tilt-rotor structure. It’s like having the agility of a multirotor with the efficiency of a fixed-wing aircraft.
Did we mention its compatibility with mainstream open-source flight control hardware? That’s right, folks. You have the freedom to choose the flight control system that suits your fancy. Plus, with its vertical takeoff and landing capabilities, this drone is as versatile as they come. No more fretting about finding a spacious runway to launch your flying companion!
The tilt-rotor design allows the four rotors to transition between vertical lift and forward thrust. FIMI says the Manta’s lockable four-bar structure, sturdy metal gear servos, and all-metal rocker arms make the transformation smooth and ensure durability. The modular design enables quick repairs and replacements.
The Manta’s spacious battery bay can fit a range of battery types like 3S1p18650, 4S1p18650, and 3S1p21700. It also has a multi-function equipment bay for HD video transmission and for attaching accessories like FIMI’s G21 Pro 3-axis gimbal camera.
With its unique biologically inspired form factor, the Manta aims to offer new possibilities for fixed-wing VTOL drones. It remains to be seen whether its combination of hover stability and long flight endurance will make the Manta a compelling option for drone enthusiasts and commercial operators alike when it hits the market later this year.