PRODRONE Develops a Foldable Contra 8 Rotor Basic Plartform

May 2, 2018
Press Release

Nagoya-JAPAN, May 1, 2018- PRODRONE is thrilled to announce it has developed the PD8X, a Foldable Contra 8 Rotor Basic Plartform. PRODRONE showcases the new model at its booth at Xponential 2018, to be held May 1-3, 2018 in Denver.

It is a new platform machine of PRODRONE born by facing customer’s requests such as improvement of transportability, ease of maintenance, easy handling of flight. “PD8X” is a compact yet highly efficient aircraft that retains the performance of conventional platform machines by having the rotors in a double and folding the arms.

PD8X has four sensors and parachutes as standard equipment. Stereo camera and sonar in front side provides collision avoidance support, and a laser and optical flow sensor on the bottom enable to achieve vision positioning (self position detection). In addition, all sensors are modularized accordingly and functions can be easily added.

PD8X” is the best choice for mounting such as small laser surveying instruments or camera/gimbal payloads. As for specific product

PD8X Specifications (Provisional)

Distance Between Motors: 1,284 mm / 50.6 inch
Maximum Payload: 8 kg / 17.6 lb
Weight: 11.5 kg / 25.4 lb
Maximum Speed: 60 km/h / 37.3 mph
Overall Height: 545 mm / 21.5 inch
Maximum Wind Speed for Flying: 10m/s / 22.4 mph
Diameter of Propellers: 534.4 mm / 21 inch
Flight Duration:10 min
Power Source: 16000 mA x 2
Water Resistance: All-weather type
Others: Sensors : Stereo Camera (Depth FOV 91.2°(H)×65.5°(V)×100.6°(D)) ,Sonor (Maximum sensor distance 10000 mm) , laser (Detectable distance 25m/50m/120m) , Optical flow sensor

*Model Number and Specifications are subject to change without notice.

About XPONENTIAL 2018 and PRODRONE booth

Backed by AUVSI, XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for unmanned systems and robotics offering exclusive access to a highly-targeted audience of more than 8,500 unmanned vehicles and robotics professionals, with more than 725 exhibitors coming from a wide range of high-growth industries over the course of four days. The event features a cutting-edge conference highlighting the latest technology advancements, use cases and policy, networking opportunities, and a trade show floor with the full spectrum of unmanned systems across all domains. XPONENTIAL 2018 will take place April 30 to May 3, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Event Name: AUVSI Xponential 2018

Event Period: April 30 to May 3
Venue: Colorado Convention Center ( Denver, CO, USA )
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AUVSI ( is the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. Serving more than 7,500 members from government organizations, industry and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and robotics technologies. AUVSI members support the defense, civil and commercial sectors.


PRODRONE is a B2B drone system manufacturer and design company. Our products are made in Japan and Canada with exacting standards. Prodrone’s engineering staff has more than 25 years of UAV engineering experience. PRODRONE have mass produced various industrial drones for many UAV applications. Custom engineered and designed UAV’s is our specialty.


Press inquiries:

Contact: Katsuei Matsunaga, Director, Sales and Marketing
Tel: +81 -52-950-1278

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