Goodmorning everyone,
I am happy to present the first Drone helicopter completely Made in Italy :)

  • Frame Protos 500 Helicopter
  • Flight Control: VR uBrain 5
  • GPS: GPS VR 8
  • System integration by Ferruccio Vicari :)

last month of work I had the honor and pleasure to personally meet one of the developers of Italian APM Helicopter. I was intrigued by the fact that among the many cards VR ubrain sold to run multicotteri there was Ferruccio, this is the name of our Ing. Aeronautical you are 'working on to try and improve on APM Helicopter VR Brain / uBrain and also on Pixhawk He is asking us to support firmware dell'hely and our hardware to be able to get their hands on it and make performance on its means.

Ever since I met and fell in love of his helicopters in fact the lab Virtualrobotix, whenever possible, is trying to give support to his work trying to better understand how to help Ferruccio solve the current limits of both the firmware of ' hardware. Putting all this work then available Community APM.

In particular the two innovative features present in the firmware version of Ferruccio are a curve of the management of the gas 3 points that allows to associate to the management of the collective of the helicopter, the power required to fly in a simple way the helicopter. And compensation roll according to the pitch of the tail, both changes that actually make a helicopter extremely docile.

In this video you can see the video of one of the many missions that the totally autonomous VR Hely is able to do without any kind of interference from the pilot it during take-off nor on landing.
here's the video:

Questa e' una foto dell'installazione della micro brain e del sistema anti vibrante:


This and 'the graph of vibration present on VR uBrain about the frame of Protos 500 and also of the solutions adopted to cut the vibrations on the flight control


Another feature is the non-trivial reduces vibration and also here Ferruccio did an excellent job inventing support can cut the most 'can make vibration and actually like a normal quadricopter.
So simple that I asked Ferruccio could feel myself with an old T-rex 470 to understand how different it was to fly a helicopter over a classic quadricotteri pilot who now for years.
The result was sensational in the second flight I was completely at ease.
Surely these means are complex and dangerous, you have to have skills to do a suitable setup and then you have to use them with care but as a result of flight times with petrol engines and payload transported there 'comparison with any other type of aircraft, it VTOL plane it much less quadricopter.
The video of my first flight with the VR uBrain 4.5 on my Trex 450

And that 'my second flight, never flown before helicopters ... I would say amazing :)

Here you can find many interesting videos on its marvelous Ferruccio helicopters.


for more information to join the project mail me here : r.navoni@virtualrobotix.com

The VR uBrain 5 and its accessories is available here :



Roberto Navoni

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