The Cerberus has been in the making for a while. Starting way back when I created the Canis m4 & m5. So let’s start there.
The concept was to extend the Orion roll-cage design to a full body length. This allow all the components be protected with plenty of room.
The first problem I faced was the Camera. With the Orion Series, I worked to make sure the HS1177 Cams would fit. But the only way I could find to do this full body roll-cage was to make them pretty close together. 20mm seemed to be a good number. And since the Runcam Owl was all the rage at that point in time (which was also 20mm wide), I thought I have found the perfect solution. I quickly designed a set of mounts for the Runcam Owl.
There were 2 main problems.
- The Runcam Owl fell out of popularity as fast as it fell into it. Everyone wanted HS1177 options.
- All VTXs were about 21mm wide! It drove me crazy. I searched high and low for a VTX that was small and good… they didn’t exist. I even spent a ridiculous amount of time working on a Flyno VTX design specifically to be narrower than 20mm.
So I did what always I do, went back to the drawing board (monitor), and got back to work. I made 3 main changes, widen the roll cage to 25mm, made the HS1177 the main focus, and lastly redesigned the arms and designed the frame to be thicker to increase the strength.
So you’re probably asking, “I thought this was about the Cerberus?”
Okay, okay. I’ll hurry up.
This is the point in the story when Gil (aka 32bitsofGil), who was flying the Canis and loving it, came to me and said he had some ideas. We did a design session and hashed out some new concepts, the biggest being lets stretch the frame and make it a long X. I spent almost a month of designing iteration after iteration, trying to find the right balance of strength,weight, looks, and component integration.
I had a series prototypes produced and got them into the hands of some talented people for feedback. Gil took a set, built them out and (as of this post) is flying them in the Drone World’s in Hawaii.
see… Can’t you tell that’s Gil is in Hawaii holding the Cerberus prototype?
I was really happy with the results of the prototype run, but something was missing. It needed a few things.
- Better component integration
- A sweet hood (because hoods are hot right now)
- A bad a** name
So I did all of that… and I’m working on more. I have to give Gil Credit for the name… he wanted to call it “Gil’s bad a** quad of the future!” I said I was on the fence about that name, so we settled on Cerberus. Which makes sense. Its a purebred Canis that’s got the attitude to match.
Those are a few of the accessories. But I’ve also worked with one of the best 3D parts designers to create a series of HD cam mounts too. Here’s a Session mount for the Cerberus. It’s designed to perfectly fit over the Cerberus Hood.
Wait there’s more!
There’s a lot of behind the scenes too. The Cerberus has prompted a lot of other changes that you’ll be seeing at Flynoceros soon. If you didn’t notice the pics of the Cerberus were nicer than our other pics. I build a new light box just to take pictures of the Cerberus. It’s pretty scary here in my office. There’s a void in the corner that disappears into infinite..
Also, We’ve began working on new packaging that will be coming out soon. Here’s a mockup: