Skycat X68 series, All-In-One package for 4-5 kg UAVs

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This is a complete Skycat X68 parachute recovery system.

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This is a complete Skycat X68 parachute recovery system with the following components:

  • Parachute launcher unit  X68 series, transparent, carbon fiber or carbon fiber style taping finish)
  • Opale Paramodels parachute, 4 square meters
  • Trigger unit to be connected to battery and radio
  • Fuse materials for 20 fuses
  • Attachment set

Specs:

  • X68-CF Launcher weight: 190g / 6.70 oz, carbon fiber
  • X68 Launcher weight: 192g / 6.77 oz transparent
  • X68 Launcher weight: 199g / 7.02 oz carbon fiber style taping
  • Launcher size: 68 mm x 215 mm / 2.6” x 8.4”
  • Trigger weight: 40g / 1.41 oz
  • Trigger operating voltage:
    • Launch battery voltage: 3-4s
    • Receiver voltage: 4.9V - 6.1V
  • Parachute weight: 185g / 6.53 oz
  • Total system weight: approx 417g

The unit comes with a user manual. An instructional video about arming, disarming and parachute packing is sent upon order.

Opale parachute is rated up to 5 kilos, when opened from unlimited free fall with full G force. You can use it for larger UAVs, since full free fall with high load might not be your use case, but the manufacturer's limit is 5 kilos.

Fruity Chutes IFC-60S is rated up to 11 kilos / 24 lbs from free fall, if you choose to buy a parachute separately.

Standard configuration: Launcher connected to trigger. Trigger connected to battery and 1 receiver channel. No any settings needed for trigger! Only standard radio mixing is required.

Standard configuration: Launcher connected to trigger. Trigger connected to battery and 1 receiver channel. No any settings needed for trigger! Only standard radio mixing is required.

 
Data sheet
Total system weight (in ounces) 14.7
Launcher diameter (in millimeters) 68
Launcher length (in centimeters) 21.5
Parachute weight (in grams) 185
Operating voltage Launch battery: 3-4s ; Receiver: 4.9V - 6.1V
Launcher weight (in grams) 194
Maximum aircraft weight (in kg) 5
Aircraft recommended weight range (in kilograms) 4 - 5
Mounting holes 4 x M3 mounting threads at bottom
Launcher allowed temperature range (in °C) -25 / +55
Parachute area (in m²) 4
Deployment method High energy compression spring
Trigger weight (in grams) 40
Total system weight (in grams) 417
Launcher diameter (in inches) 2.6
Parachute weight (in ounces) 6.53
Maximum aircraft weight (in pounds) 11
Launcher length (in inches) 8.4
Launcher weight (in ounces) 6.9
Aircraft recommended weight range (in pounds) 8.8 - 11
Launcher allowed temperature range (in °F) -13 / 131
Parachute area (in ft²) 43
Trigger weight (in ounces) 1.4
 
Download

Radio Settings Manual

Manual explaining how to configure a FrSky Taranis transmitter to trigger the Skycat parachute.

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Skycat Launcher Manual

Creating a fuse, arming, loading & mounting the launcher, transmitter setup, fail-safe setup, pre-flight check-list, maintenance.

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Skycat X68 series, All-In-One package for 4-5 kg UAVs

We do not sell this product at the moment. You may order through Skycat's online shop.

This is a complete Skycat X68 parachute recovery system.

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FAQ

1. How many channels does the eject require from the receiver?

- Just one channel.

2. How quickly does the parachute eject from launch command?

- The parachute ejects within 0.08 to 0.2 seconds.

3. Does Skycat parachutes uses RC servos or CO2 pressure for launch?

- No they don't.

3. If they don't use servos or pressure, what is it that makes the parachute eject?

- The patent-pending method uses a strong spring, held in tension by a fuse. Once the fuse is blown by pilot's command, the parachute gets ejected. It's a multi-use system with high reliability and short reload time.

4. Does the launch harm the battery?

- Not in any way, about 30 A is pulled from the battery for a very shot time.

5. How strongly does the launcher need to be installed on the UAV frame?

- If it doesn’t fall by itself and can withstand eject recoil, it is enough. The parachute is attached to the UAV frame directly, which avoids strong forces to the launcher itself.

6. Does the launcher carry a parachute deploy impact forces and a copter weight?

- No, it just kicks the parachute out.

7. Where is the parachute attached to the copter?

- To the strongest points of your UAV frame, using the attachment set available in the store.

8. What is the correct size of the parachute?

- It depends how big of an impact is acceptable for you. See the tables below.

Descent metrics for a 2.5 m2 and IFC-48-S parachutes

Drone weight, kgDescent speed, m/sImpact energy, joulesFreefall 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)

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

Drone weight, kgDescent speed, m/sImpact energy, joulesFreefall 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)

9. Does the launcher ship with an automatic eject system?

- No, the pilot is responsible for launching the parachute.

10. Does launcher support an automatic eject system?

- Yes it does. Connect the trigger unit to your autopilot's PWM eject command channel and it will work.

11. Is it possible to use more than one trigger units for redundancy?

- Yes, you can connect as many trigger units as you need. For Pilot, Autopilot, Camera operator and ground station for instance.

12. Is there a Skycat parachute for DJI Inspire 1?

- Yes, the X55 all-in-one launcher is ideal for DJI Inspire 1 in size.

13. Is there a Skycat parachute for DJI S900?

- Yes, the X68 all-in-one launcher with IFC-60-S parachute is ideal for DJI S900.

14. Is there a Skycat parachute for DJI Phantom?

- Not yet.

15. Does Skycat sell a flight terminator / kill switch?

No, but their trigger unit helps if you want to make a simple one yourself. Use large enough NC relay(s) for motor power. The trigger unit can open the circuit upon an eject request. Use a Y-split from the trigger unit to control the motor relays, and to blow the launcher fuse, simultaneously.

16. May I use 6S battery with Trigger

- Officially the answer is no. However, Skycat has run lab tests using a 6S/10Ah without problems. They don't officially support 6S yet, because they haven't had a chance to perform long-term evaluations with it.

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