RC EYE NovaX 350

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The NovaX 350 is the newest quad from the RC Logger Quadrocopter-Family.

The NovaX 350 consolidates a rigid unique design, compared with modern aeronautic technology and a easy maintainability. The concept defines to provide pilots an ideal platform for aerial photography applications while maintaining a extremely manoeuverable construction, allowing even the most challenging acrobatic flight. There is sufficient available surface (universal platform) to mount your favorite camera (RC Logger PRO, GoPRO®, SOCAM® UltiMate)or module (GPS, RPM, Environmental or Orientation) onto the quad. The new control systems - GNSS, I.R.P.C, S.M.A.R.T and T.P.C.S lead to great flight properties. Different flying programmes ensure that both - beginners and experts will have fun.


RC EYE NovaX 350 - with X2 Camera + Gimbal and long lending legs




Contents

Technical Data

NovaX 350 with retracting landing legs+ X2 Camera and Gimbal
NovaX 350 with short lending legs
NovaX 350 from behind
EOX:
Weight 38.4 oz (1090 g)- with short legs;
Payload max. 14.5 oz (410g) – excluding battery
Takeoff weight max. 52.9 oz (1500g)
Propeller diameter 8" (203 mm)
Diameter without propellers 13.78" (350 mm)
Admissible humidity max. 75 % rel. humidity, non condensing
Admissible temperature range 32° to 104° Fahrenheit (0° to +40° Celsius)
Flight time 20-25 minutes for 5200 mAh battery without payload
Operating conditions No to light wind
Operating environment Indoors and outdoors
Battery Pack:
Type LiPo
Nominal capacity 5200 mAh at 0.5C Discharge
Combination method 3 S - 2 P
Nominal voltage 11.1 V
Dimension (WxHxT) 1.38 x 4.27 x 1.72 (35 x 108.5 x 43.8 mm)
Weight 11.64 oz (330 g)
Standard charge rating 1 C
Rapid charge rating 2 C
Charge time Standard 1.5 hours; Rapid 1 hour
Standard discharge 40 C
Operating temperature Charging 32°F-113°F (0℃-45℃); Discharging 0℃-45℃ (-4°F-140°F)

Scope of Supply

  • 1 x NovaX 350;
  • 2 x LiPo Battery Packs (5200 mAh 3S 40C);
  • 1 x Propeller Set (Carbon Fiber);
  • 2 x Hex screw pole;
  • 2 x Landing Gear Set (Long);
  • 1 x Landing Gear Set (Short);
  • 1 x PPM Cable;
  • 1 x Operating instructions;

Available types

The NovaX 350 is available in two different versions:

  1. RtF-Version (= Ready to Fly); Package includes everything that the user needs to fly the NovaX right out of the box (includes the NovaX transmitter - Mode 2).
  2. ArF-Version (About/Almost ready to Fly) - (Without transmitter).

Conrol the NovaX

There are two different possibilities to control the NovaX 350.

  1. RtF-Version; In combination with the NovaX Transmitter. Therefore you need to plug in the RC Logger Receiver on the Conrol Board (No. 2) of the NovaX. Dates are transmitted during the flight to the transmitter (in real time) e.g. battery consumption, dates of the motor.
  2. RtF-Version; When you don't use the NovaX transmitter, you need to plug in the PPM + S.Bus Receiver on the Conrol Board (No. 1) of the NovaX. Flying via PPM + S.Bus Receiver is no telemetry data transmitting possible.

Safety instructions

The NovaX 350 is not a toy and not suitable for children under the age of 14. Before commissioning Before every flight, check the functional reliability of your model and the transmitter. Watch out for any visible damage e.g. defective plug connectors, damaged cables and wires or damages on the main frame. All moving parts of the model must run smoothly but shouldn’t have any play in their bearings. Before each operation, check the correct and the secure position of the propellers - tighten the screws from the propellers before every flight. Ensure sufficient residual capacity of the NovaX battery pack and the transmitter battery.

During the flight

  • Observe the warn signals (LED signals)emitted by the NovaX, in all times to avoid the unit from falling.
  • Check if a propeller is out of alignment. Put your NovaX in sufficient distance to yourself at a eye level. If one of the propellers appears to be visible twice (tow lines), the tracking must be fixed.
  • Improper operations may cause serious injury and property damage as the propeller are made out of Carbon Fiber. Make every time sure to keep a sufficient safe distance to persons, animals and objects during operation. Do not direct your model towards spectators or yourself.
  • Select an appropriate location for flying with the NovaX.
  • After landing, always disconnect the flight battery before switching off the transmitter.
  • In the case of a severe crash (e.g. from a high altitude) the electric gyro sensors can be damaged and/or misadjusted. Therefore, full functionality must be tested before flying again without fail!
  • In the event of a crash, the throttle should be immediately set to zero.
  • Stay away from power lines, cellphone towers and other sources of potential interference.

Battery

  • Lithium is highly reactive chemical element with a high energy density. In the case of overcharging, the LiPo rechargeable battery packs might catch fire or even explode. Therefore, LiPo rechargeable battery packs must always be put on a fire-proof surface for charging and the charging process must be supervised.
  • After flying the LiPo battery is always hot. Leave the battery, to cool down before removing from the NovaX.
  • Remove the battery from the NovaX after every flight.Remove the batteries from the transmitter if you do not use it for a longer period of time. Discharged batteries may leak.
  • Leaking or damaged batteries can cause acid burns when in contact with skin. Therefore use suitable protective gloves to handle corrupted and leaking batteries.
  • The LiPo Battery Pack must not be dismantled. Can cause a Short circuit or expos to fire.
  • Do not expose the charger or LiPo flight battery to high/low temperatures or to direct solar radiation.
  • Since discharging below 3.0 V per cell would lead to permanent damage of the rechargeable battery pack, this total discharging is to be prevented as far as possible. The under voltage detection has already responded e.g. 3.2V (beep and optical under voltage displays on the LED.

NovaX Transmitter

NovaX 350 Transmitter

Mode 2 Transmitter (PC: 89108RC) At the RIGHT side of the remote control is the AILERON/ ELEVATOR function. When moving the AILERON/ THROTTLE into the FRONT/ BACK the EOX will fly FORWARDS/ BACKWARDS. When moving AILERON/ THROTTLE to the LEFT/RIGHT the EOX will fly to the LEFT/ RIGHT. On the LEFT side of the remote control is the THROTTLE/ RUDDER function. When moving the THROTTLE/ RUDDER to the RIGHT/ LEFT the EOX will TURN to the RIGHT/ LEFT. When moving THROTTLE/ RUDDER to the FRONT/ BACK the EOX will fly LIFT UP/ DROP.

Technical Data

  • Number of channels: 6
  • Used for: fixed-wing/ glider/ helicopter
  • Channel resolution: 1024 steps
  • Low voltage warning: Icon blinks and alarm less than 4.2 V; Icon blinks and short alarm less than 4.0 V
  • NO-operating warning: The transmitter will alarm if there is just one minute operating left
  • Antenna length: 26mm*2 (dual antenna)
  • Size: 6.85 x 3.50 x 7.48 " (174 x 89 x 190 mm)
  • Weight: 13.83 oz (392g)

Status indication

Type Status Trigger Front LED Rear LED Buzzer
Flight Mode Basic (ACC assisted) Channel 5: (-100) Magenta - Solid (RED/Blue) Magenta - Solid (RED/Blue) Single Beep upon trigger
Altitude (Midstick heigth hold) Channel 5: (0) Green - Solid (Red/Blue) Green - Solid Double Beep upon trigger
GPS (Posision hold mode) Channel 5: (+100) Blue - Solid Blue - Solid Triple Beep upon trigger
GPS fixed - Weak signal No indication Yellow - Blinks Rapidly Single Beep upon trigger
GPS fixed - Good signal No indication Yellow goes off Single Beep upon trigger
Flight agility (Bank selection switch) Channel 6 No indication No indication No indication
Flight Error Hard landing or motor forced stop Hard landing or motor forced stop No indication No indication Continuous Single Beep (1 Hz) No indication
Low Battery Level 1 Battery < 11.4V White - Blinks continuously (1 Hz) White - Blinks continuously (1 Hz) Continuous single Beep (1 Hz)
Low Battery Level 2 Battery < 10.5V White - Blinks continuously (5 Hz) White - Blinks continuously (5 Hz) Continuous single Beep (5 Hz)
Fail safe (PPM failed) Loss of RF signal Red - 3 rapid flashes - Then pause / Repeat Red - 3 rapid flashes - Then pause / Repeat Continuous - 3 rapid - Then 2 sec pause
Flight Check Error GPS / Compass failed Start up main board self test Blue - Blinks continuously (5 Hz) Green - Blinks continuously (5 Hz) Continuously double Beep 1 Hz
Pressure sensor failed Start up main board self test Blue - Blinks continuously (5 Hz) Green - Blinks continuously (5 Hz) Continuously double Beep 1 Hz
Gyro failed Start up main board self test Blue - Blinks continuously (5 Hz) Green - Blinks continuously (5 Hz) Continuously double Beep 1 Hz
Power system failed (ESC/motor) Start up main board self test Blue - Blinks continuously (5 Hz) Green - Blinks continuously (5 Hz) Continuously double Beep 1 Hz

Calibration

Gyro

The NovaX is essentially equipped with the handling of a normal helicopter. The differences, however, are in the detail. For helicopters, the torque balance is stabilised by special gyros (in the rudder function). For this, there are two different systems:

  • Normal gyros, or
  • Gyros with the heading lock function.

Normal gyros stabilise (cushion) the tail propeller against tipping motions which are caused by the pilots (driving speed and/or elevator changes and/or external influences e.g. side wind). A gyro with heading lock function has a holding action against these tipping motions. Both systems respond after a control command - e.g. rudder to the left and subsequent neutral positioning with the immediate stopping of the tipping motion. In the NovaX unlike in standard helicopters, there are six gyros installed for the rudder, elevator and aileron functions. The installed gyros are - in comparison with standard gyros - neither to be described as normal gyros nor with heading lock function. The gyros in the NovaX 350 are linked together so that after the end of a control command the NovaX always attempts to reach neutral position (hovering flight). Of course, how well this works depends on the space available, the flight speed and/or the prevailing flight condition, the trim values of the NovaX and external flight conditions e.g. wind.

Calibration of the Gyro Before calibration you need to bind and teach the PPM TX to the NovaX 350. At fist calibration is the Gyro calibration after that the Compass calibration can be done Safety note: Remove the propellers before proceeding Calibration can done via APP (iOS and Android) or manually.

Calibration via App Download the App EyeControl for your iOS or Android device. Important: For the calibration you need to follow the step-by-step instruction given in the App.

Manually calibration For the manual calibration:

  1. Remove the canopy. Untack the canopy which is locked in place on the underside of the PCB (Power control board = upper main board).
  2. Press and hold the button on the PCB for approx. 2 seconds to begin.
  3. The front large RGD-LED (Red, Green, Blue)turns to a solid light - color depending from the current calibration. The front small blue LED (on the front light panel)indicates operational status (blinking = active).
  4. Double tab the button two times (2x) quickly to start the calibration process. The blue LED starts to blink.

LED's:LED turns to a solid color which indicates the current calibration. The small blue led on the led board is indicating the state of this calibration. Solid means not active, blinking means active. The blink code is indicating the status of current calibration. The calibration can be started either by a double click off the button or a fast double switch of ch5 on the remote (if already learnt). The next calibration can be selected by a single button press or a single switch of ch5 on the remote. After compass calibration a single button press will close calibration mode.

Red - RC calibration
  • 1 blink: Throttle move to max and back
  • 2 blink: yaw (rudder) move to left and back
  • 3 blink: Nick (elevator) move to top and back
  • 4 blink: Roll (aileron) move to the left and back
  • 5 blink: Mode selection switch (normal (orange), altitude (magenta), GPS (green))
  • 6 blink: Bank switch (aerial, sport, expert, user) (not yet implemented)
  • 7 blink: not used yet

After learning ch5, learning can be finished after a timeout of 8 seconds after last learnt channel. Each learnt channel is answered with a beep. The current status is also outputted via BT.

Green - Accelerometer calibration

Your have to do it only on time. Only in case of an error or after a firmware update you should repeat it. Before starting calibration make sure the copter is located horizontally. Start calibration and wait for 2 beeps. First one means started. Second one means horizontal pos ok then move copter to next position and hold it there as still as possible until beep.

  1. Horizontal
  2. left facing down
  3. right facing down
  4. front facing down
  5. rear facing down
  6. upside down

Current status is also outputted via BT

Magenta - Compass calibration
  • Hold copter horizontally with nose pointing away from you. Rotate copter so that the nose is facing downwards, towards you, up and away from you again
  • Turn copter by 90° to left or right so that nose is pointing to the left or right. Rotate copter so that nose is always pointing left or right and right side of the copter is pointing downwards, towards you, up and away from you again.
  • After complete press button, hit ch5 switch or press app button

Current status is also outputted via BT

ESC-Calibration

ESC = Electronic Speed Conrol. For safety reasons it's recommend to do this without propellers. ESC calibration cannot be started in calibration mode. After connecting battery, push and hold button immediately until motor driver start beeping. After successful ESC calibration reconnect battery.

Compass Calibration

Compass power calibration cannot be started in calibration mode.
  1. Remove the canopy.
  2. Connect the flight battery. See Operating Instructions.
  3. Wait for the RED LED on the main board to light up solid.
  4. Press and hold the button on the main board until the GREEN LED on the main board blinks fast (5 Hz).
  5. Mount the canopy again.
  6. Horizontally turn the »NovaX 350 360° (a full turn) in a clockwise direction.
  7. Remove the canopy again.
  8. Press the button on the main board once.
  9. Mount the canopy again.
  10. The compass calibration process is completed.

Construction

Cables

All cables which are plug-in into or start form the Control Board and Power Board have to be twisted. Twisted to avoid electromagnetic interference effects which can cause failures to the compass (which is integrated in the canopy).

Brushless Motor

The brushless motors of the NovaX 350 are a inrunner motors (stator is the elector magnet; Rotor is the permanent magnet). The rotor of the motor is inside the stator (just the shaft is turning - which drives the propeller). Inrunners have a very high revolutions per minute (RPM) but less torque.

When replacing/ changing the brushless motor, at first the screws need to be insert into the carbon motor arms. Afterwards the motor cables (red, black, blue) can be drawn though the carbon motor arms. Doing it like this you make sure, that the cable isulation won't be damaged.

Details Motor:
KV (RPM/V) 1400
Max. continous current 26 A
Max. continous power 384 W
Internal Resistance 106 mΩ
LiPo 2-4s
Weight 1.55 oz (44 g)
Abmessungen Ø1.08 x 1.02 (27.5 x 26mm)

Canopy

On the upper side of the canopy is the GPS (GNSS - Global Navigation Satellite System) and the Compass integrated. The GNSS and the compass are protected form electromagnetic interference effects by the aluminum plate. The aluminum plate is fixed onto the canopy via hot glue (screws could cause electromagnetic interference effects). The canopy is connected to the control board via the 7-PIN cable. Which goes from the front LED (canopy) to Control Board (No. 12) connector. The cable has to be twisted.

Main Board

Power Board

The Power Board is the lower board of the two boards. The power board is fixed on the carbon fiber plate. The power board shouldn't touch the the carbon fiber plate, because carbon may cause short circuits on the board. The rubber-insulating protects the board from short circuits.

Power Board with number indication
Number Description
1 PPM (Signal PIN facing the white mark)
2 Telemetry
3 GIMBAL-X axis (Signal PIN facing white mark)
4 GIMBAL-Y axis (Signal PIN facing white mark)
5 20 PIN FFC
6 Night flying kit (Not yet released)
7 ESC signal cabel (Signal PIN facing the white mark)
8 ESC - Pol (black cable)
9 ESC + Pol (red cable)
10 Battery

Control Board

The Control Board is the upper of the two boards. The grey rubber grommet protect the control board from vibrations during the flight and from touching with the Power Board.

Control Board with number indication
Number Description
11 Not in use
12 LED light front
13 Not in use
14 Button (to activate the Firmware up-grade)
15 20 PIN FFC
16 Micro USB (binding with PC for imware up-grade)

Electronic Speed Control

Power board side

Power board side

The NovaX is the first unit from RC Logger with four ESCs. Each Rotor/Motor is operating with one ESC. The ESC's use the SimonK Firmware. This firmware has been created to offer faster response compared to normal ESC firmware, easy handling and good compatibility, all of which greatly enhance the NovaX performance.

Cable connection The long cables (red and black) are powering the ESC. The cables plug into the Power Board (the upper board) - red cable (No.9 + Pol) black cable (No.8 - Pol). The signal cable (orange signal; red +; brown -) plug to No.7 on the Power Board. The signal cable (orange) has to face the white mark on the three PIN connector (no.7).



Motor side

Motor side

The other side (motor side) of the ESC consists of three cables (red, black, blue).

The ESCs for the the front right and rear left side of the propellers turn clockwise (CW spinning). Therefore the Motors need to be connected to the ESC as following: blue cable is facing the RC Logger logo (upper side), the black cable is in the middle, the red cable is facing the CE sign (lower side).

The ESCs for the the front left and rear right of the propellers turn anti clockwise (CCW spinning). Therefore the Motors need to be connected to the ESC as following: red cable is facing the RC Logger logo (upper side), the black cable is in the middle, the blue cable is facing the CE sign (lower side).

Details ESC:
Power cable length 2.76 inches (70 mm)
Motor cable length 0.6 inches (15 mm)
Connector 3,5 mm female bullets (for motor); 3,5 mm male bullet (for power), Signal cable wire connector
Signal cable length 3.93 inches (100 mm)
Firmware (Software) Simon K
Input voltage 6-12 cell NiMh, 2-4 cell LiPo
Output current Const. 20 A, Burst 30 A (10 s)
Dimension (B x H x T) 1.65 x 0.94 x 0.51 (42 x 24 x 13 mm)
Weight 0.67 oz (19 g)

Spare parts

The EOX consist of a fully modular design. Each part can be replaced individually. There is no need to replace an entire body shell. All required small parts to mount the spare parts are included.

Product Name Product Code Specifics
NovaX Canopy [1] 89094RC
NovaX Motor [2] 89093RC
NovaX Propeller Set [3] 89106RC Carbon Fiber
NovaX ESC [4] 89092RC
NovaX Landing Gear [5] 89089RC
NovaX Boom Set [6] 89090RC
NovaX Flight Control Board (upper board) [7] 89095RC
NovaX Bumper Set [8] 89105RC
NovaX Spinner Set [9] 89104RC
NovaX Battery Pack [10] 89100RC 1x 3S 5200mAh 40C Lipo
NovaX GPS [11] 89103RC GPS Module & Interface Cable
NovaX Small Parts Set [12] 89099RC
NovaX Body Frame [13] 89098RC Upper, Lower & Universal Gimbal Support Plate
NovaX Body Frame [14] 89097RC Silicon Battery Strap, Battery Tray, Bumper Set & Small Parts
NovaX Power Board (lower board) [15] 89096RC Power Board & Interface Cable

Accessories

Product Name Product Code
NovaX Transmitter [16] 89108RC
LiPo (2-3S) Balance Charger [17] 69017RC
Futaba 3ch S.Bus Receiver (for PPM) [18] 20019RC
NovaX PPM + S.Bus Receiver Combo [19] 20020RC
Fr SKY S.Bus-PPM Converter [20] 20018RC
Gel Pad [21] 89084RC



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