Learning About Hexacopter Drones
When I started shopping for my first drone, I saw and learned a lot of new jargon very quickly. To be honest, it was quite overwhelming! A lot of people are turned away from new technology and ideas by how confusing it can all be when people start throwing words like “rotor” and “quadcopter” at you. But fear not! I am here to help disperse some of your confusions around the exciting world of drone piloting, and to teach you about a new innovation in the world of drones: Hexacopters! Before we start, here are a few quick definitions of the words I mentioned above that you may not have encountered before that is in this article:
Rotor: Rotors are blades/propellers that are attached to drones. Drone models are generally categorized according to how many rotors are on the device.
Quadcopter: The most common form of drone, based off of the word helicopter. These drones have four rotors (hence the “Quad”).
Hexacopter Drone: Pros and Cons
A Hexacopter drone is just like any other drone, except that it has six rotors instead of the standard four.
Pros: The most notable benefit of having an extra two rotors attached to an expensive drone is that if one or even two of the rotors fail the drone can still land safely for repairs. If one or more of the rotors on a quadcopter fails it will immediately fall out of the sky. Of course, there can be emergency landing procedures put in place, but the point is that a hexacopter can perform a regular and perfectly safe landing with up to two of its main rotors failing. This makes Hexacopters a great choice for anyone, from the casual flyer to the professional photographer as it has the potential to save the buyer a lot of money on repairs and replacements.
Hexacopters are also notably more powerful than their four-armed relatives, simply because they have more propellers to use in flight. This allows them to hold awkward angles for photography more efficiently, as well as increasing the weight that the drone is capable of carrying.
Having six rotors is also important to many professionals who require very precise piloting, as having the two extra propellers allows for more complex maneuvers to be performed by the pilot. This also improves the stability and ease of landings, which can be a very daunting thing for new drone pilots to learn (these things are expensive! I remember when I crashed my first drone, I was devastated).
- Land safely for repairs.
- More powerful than quadcopter and tricopter.
- Has 6 rotors.
- More flexible and stable.
Cons: Hexacopters are generally more expensive than their otherwise technologically equivalent drones with four rotors. Hexacopter repairs also tend to be more expensive as their parts aren’t as common and are harder to a source.
Hexacopters are usually much bulkier than most other drone models, and therefore pilots can experience issues when tasked with maneuvering in tight spaces.
- More expensive with repairs.
- More expensive than tricopters and quadcopters.
- Larger and more complicated.
Video Discussion: Hexacopter Drone
Here’s a video discussion on hexacopter drones. The YouTube channel is “Rotor Riot.”
In this video, you can see the YouTubers fly their hexacopter. You can get a better perspective in this video.