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New Sputnik SP99 and SSL128

Spuntik SP99

We have long been fan favourites of Sputnik here at Drone Insider, and no unfortunately they don’t pay us to say that, we genuinely respect there ingenuity and novel designs. After the roaring success of the Sputnik 117, Alex Romanov is back with a smaller Sputnik.

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The Spuntik99 is based around the 2535 blades from RotorX, these blades can ‘snap’ together to form either a dual bladed propeller or a quadruple bladed propeller. We love this design as it enables you to have a quadcopter for both an indoor and an outdoor environment. For indoors you can use the dual bladed propellers to increase flight time and to tame it down a little. Conversely when you are outdoors you can go wild with the 4 bladed props.

The 2535 quad blades also claim to have more thrust than the classic 3020. It is said to be like stepping up a cell count, so 2s on 2535 feels like 3s on the 3020 and so on.

As with the 117, the 99’ recommended power train is on the RotorX 1105 motors, ideally the 1105b as the higher thrust will bring a boost to performance. It is important to note that most (if not all) 1306 motors will not work with the 2535 props, so you have to stick with the 1104/5 stator size.

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The frame takes the shape of a classic X, although interestingly the body portion does not extend back at all, instead it only extends forward, we think this may have some interesting effects of flight performance, although we can’t be sure as we don’t own one. The PDB used is the same that is used on the Sputnik 117, which is designed around both a Micro MinimOsd as well as a Mini Naze, which helps keep weight down.

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WHAT’S IN THE BOX

1 x 2mm carbon-fiber bottom frame plate;
1 x 1mm carbon-fiber top frame plate;
1 x Tiny PDB for AfroMini 32 rev. 3 flight controller, Micro MinimOSD and Pololu Step-Down Voltage Regulator;
1 x SP99 plastic parts package;
1 x SP99 mounting hardware package.

RECOMMENDED SETUP

4 x RX1104 or RX1105 Brushless outrunner motors or similar;
4 x 2S-4S capable, 20A micro electronic speed controllers. (BLHeli and Oneshot compatible);
4 x RX2535 4 blades propellers;
1 x Pololu 5V, 1A Step-Down Voltage Regulator
1 x AfroMini 32 rev.3 flight controller;
1 x 600-TVL Mini FPV Camera;
1 x Video Transmitter with CP antenna, or similar 5V Video Transmitter;
1 x Micro MinimOSD;
1 x Micro PPM Receiver or similar micro;
1 x 3S 400-600mAh battery (higher C-rate is better);
1 x 5V Buzzer (optional).

WHAT YOU NEED

5V FTDI-adapter for programming flight controller;
Velcro strap for battery;
FPV Receiver or Goggles;
FPV Display or Goggles;
RC Transmitter.

SPUTNIK SSL 128

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Measuring only 11mm from top to bottom, the Sputnik SSL is certainly thin when it comes to FPV microdrones. Taking inspiration from the Sigan210 mix of 3D printed parts with Carbon Fibre, which SSL 128 creates an impressive mix of carbon and plastic to fully protect all your vital components. The flip side of this is your wire management has to be perfect and your sometimes limited in the ESCs and motors that you use.

Whether you’re shooting gaps in the parking garage or racing at the park, the SuperSlim’s stacked design provides unparalleled strength and rigidity, able to withstand all but the most brutal abuse. And with a fully adjustable camera pod that supports most popular micro-cams, it’s easy to adjust your camera view as your skills grow and your lap times improve.

This is certainly a quad for experienced builders and it should not be undertaken light heartedly. The downsides of having such a specialist frame means you need specialist parts, there is very little room when it comes to customizing this build putting it at the opposite end of the spectrum to open quad designs like the Shreiker. The parts are all specific and expensive meaning that it’s total cost in both original build and subsequent repairs will be quite high.

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WHAT’S IN THE BOX

1 x 2mm carbon-fiber bottom frame plate;
1 x 1mm carbon-fiber top frame plate;
1 x 1mm carbon-fiber very top frame plate;
1 x Tiny PDB for AfroMini 32 rev. 3 flight controller, Micro MinimOSD and Pololu Step-Down Voltage Regulator;
1 x SSL plastic parts package;
1 x SSL mounting hardware package.

RECOMMENDED SETUP

4 x 1306 4000 kV Brushless outrunner motors;
4 x 2S-4S capable, 20A micro electronic speed controllers. (BLHeli and Oneshot compatible);
4 x RX3040T 3 blades propellers;
1 x Pololu 5V, 1A Step-Down Voltage Regulator
1 x AfroMini 32 rev.3 flight controller;
1 x 600-TVL Mini FPV Camera;
1 x Video Transmitter with CP antenna, or similar 5V Video Transmitter;
1 x Micro MinimOSD;
1 x Micro PPM Receiver or similar micro;
1 x 3-4S 500-850mAh battery (higher C-rate is better);
1 x 5V Buzzer (optional).

WHAT YOU NEED

5V FTDI-adapter for programming flight controller;
Velcro strap for battery;
FPV Receiver or Goggles;
FPV Display or Goggles;
RC Transmitter.

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