Spirit in the Sky have invested significantly in the very latest aerial film drone  with 8K HD technology to expand our aerial platform offering. Using the Freefly Alta 8 drone we are able to carry an 8K HD camera weighing up to 20lbs, with our favoured hardware being the Red Epic-W Helium 8K S35. We also pair the Alta-8 platform with the Alexa Mini and a host of other cameras  as requested by our clients.

The Alta-8 is the leading camera drone currently on the market, offering film makers the flexibility to mount the camera on top of the drone, or below it. Such versatility opens up numerous additional shot opportunities not previously achievable on standard drone camera platforms.

Our operators are FAA approved Commercial pilots with extensive time spent in Film and TV environments. Such is the simplicity of this drone, we can be on site and ready to fly within 5 minutes of arrival. In addition we have the in house expertise to obtain relevant permits to ensure all operations are cleared in advance.

Of course we are still able to provide traditional helicopter camera platforms such as the AS350B2 and AS350B3, however our state of the art drone offers production another option should the need arise.

Lenses:

To complete our aerial camera capability we are able to offer a wide range of lens to fit the task. Whilst we have 8K ability we can of course shoot in 2K, 4K, 5K, 6K, 7K and 8K where file size is not an issue.

For more information on our camera drone services contact

film@spiritinthesky.co.uk

Top mounted camera – Alta-8 HD Camera drone

Low mounted camera – Alta-8 HD Camera Platform

Specifications

DIMENSIONS

Unfolded Diameter
(does not include Props)
1325 mm
Folded Diameter
(does not include Props)
660 mm
Height to base of Toad In The Hole (TITH) 263 mm

POWERPLANT

Number of Motors 8
Motor Type Direct Drive 3-Phase PMAC Outrunner
Motor Make and Model Freefly F45
Motor Max Continuous Power Output 350 W
Motor Max Instantaneous Peak Power Output 950 W
Max RPM (flat rated) 6300 RPM
Equivalent Kv 384
Electronic Speed Controller Freefly Silent-Drive Sine Wave ESC

PROPELLERS

Make and Model Freefly ALTA Propeller
Material Carbon fiber with balsa core
Propeller Orientation (4) CW and (4) CCW Props
Propeller Type 18 x 6 Folding

BATTERY

Nominal Battery Voltage 6S / 22.2V
Maximum Battery Size 240 x 180 x 80 mm
Maximum Battery Quantity 2 Battery Packs (Parallel)
Minimum Battery Quantity 2 Battery Packs (Parallel)
Battery Connectors 2x EC5 (Parallel)
Required Minimum Battery Discharge Rating 250A / 500A Peak

WEIGHTS

Maximum Gross for Takeoff1 18.1 kg (40.0 lbs)
Maximum Useful Load2 12.0 kg (26.4 lbs)
Maximum Payload3 9.1 kg (20.0 lbs)
Typical Standard Empty Weight 6.2 kg (13.6 lbs)

SPECIFIC LOADINGS

Typical Specific Power4 145 W/kg
Thrust Ratio at Max Takeoff Weight (MTOW)1 1.85 : 1

FLIGHT CONTROLLER

Model Name Freefly SYNAPSE Flight Controller
Flight Modes Manual
Height Hold Mode
Position Mode
Return-To-Home
Autoland
Supported Inputs DSMX, DSM2, S.Bus, S.Bus2, PPM, FPV SD
Supported Radios Futaba S.Bus & S.Bus2
DSMX, DSM2 (Spektrum/JR)
PPM, PPM Invert, PPM Graupner
Supported Radio Controller Telemetry Systems Futaba w/ built-in voltage sense port
Minimum Radio Controller Channels Required >5
Supported GNSS GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
Supported SBAS QZSS, WAAS, EGNOS, MSAS
First-Person View System Video Formats NTSC, PAL
Supported First-Person View Transmitters
  • Skyzone
  • BOSCAM
  • Immersion RC
  • Fatshark
Supported First-Person View Cameras Ready Made RC
First-Person View OSD Telemetry User Configurable
Installed Transceivers Wi-Fi
Data Logging Rate 25 Hz

LIGHTING AND INDICATION

Status Light 1-Watt Red, 1-Watt White LED
Orientation Lights 3-Watt RGB LED
Orientation Light Color Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, White

ISOLATION SYSTEM

Vibration Isolation System Silicone O-Rings

ISOLATION SYSTEM OPTIONS:

1. Soft/Light Payloads Red O-Rings
2. Medium/Mid Payloads Teal O-Rings
3. Stiff/Heavy Payloads Black O-Rings

PAYLOAD MOUNTING

Mounting Locations Bottom and Top Mount
Mounting System Freefly Toad In The Hole (TITH) Quick Release
FPV Camera Mount Between booms 8 & 1
FPV Transmitter Mount Boom 2

POWERPLANT LIMITATIONS

Maximum RPM 6300 RPM
Maximum Battery Voltage 25.2 Volts
Minimum Average Battery Voltage 19.2 Volts

FLIGHT CONTROLLER LIMITS

Maximum Pitch/Roll Angle 45°
Maximum Yaw Rate 150° / second
SENSOR TYPE HELIUM 35.4 Megapixel CMOS
EFFECTIVE PIXELS 8192 x 4320
SENSOR SIZE 29.90 mm x 15.77 mm (Diagonal: 33.80 mm)
DYNAMIC RANGE 16.5+ stops
MAX DATA RATES Up to 275 MB/s using RED MINI-MAG (480GB & 960GB)

Up to 225 MB/s using RED MINI-MAG (120GB & 240GB)

MAX FRAME RATES 30 fps at 8K Full Format (8192 x 4320), 30 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)

30 fps at 7K Full Format (7168 x 3780), 40 fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 x 3024)

75 fps at 6K Full Format (6144 x 3240), 100 fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 x 2592)

96 fps at 5K Full Format (5120 x 2700), 120 fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)

120 fps at 4K Full Format (4096 x 2160), 150 fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728)

150 fps at 3K Full Format (3072 x 1620), 200 fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296)

240 fps at 2K Full Format (2048 x 1080), 300 fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864)

PLAYBACK FRAME RATES (PROJECT TIMEBASE) 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60 fps, all resolutions
REDCODE SETTINGS RANGE FROM 2:1 UP TO 22:1 6:1 REDCODE for 8K Full Format (8192 x 4320) at 24 fps

7:1 REDCODE for 8K Full Format (8192 x 4320) at 30 fps

2:1 REDCODE for 4K Full Format (4096 x 2160) at 24 fps

4:1 REDCODE for 4K Full Format (4096 x 2160) at 60 fps

REDCODE RAW ACQUISITION FORMATS 8K Full Format (8192 x 4320), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 14:9, 8:9, 3:2, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x, 1.25x

7K Full Format (7168 x 3780), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

6K Full Format (6144 x 3240), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 3:2, 4:3, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x, 1.25x

5K Full Format (5120 x 2700), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

4K Full Format (4096 x 2160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, 1:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

3K Full Format (3072 x 1620), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

2K Full Format (2048 x 1080), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

APPLE PRORES ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT at 4K (4096 × 2160) up to 29.97 fps

ProRes 4444 XQ and ProRes 4444 at 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 120 fps

ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT at 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 120 fps

AVID CODECS DNxHR HQX at 4K (4096 × 2160) 12-bit up to 29.97 fps

DNxHR HQ, SQ and LB at 4K (4096 × 2160) 8-bit up to 29.97 fps

DNxHR 444 at 2K (2048 × 1080) 12-bit up to 120 fps

DNxHD 444 and HQX (1920 × 1080) 10-bit up to 120 fps

DNxHD HQ, SQ and LB (1920 × 1080) 8-bit up to 120 fps

CONSTRUCTION Magnesium and Aluminum Alloy
WEIGHT 3.35 lbs (BRAIN with Integrated Media Bay)
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
STORAGE TEMPERATURE –20°C to 50°C (–4°F to 122°F)
RELATIVE HUMIDITY 0% to 85% non-condensing
COLOR MANAGEMENT Supports 33×33×33, 32×32×32, 26×26×26, and 17×17×17 3D LUTs

Variable number of 3D LUT outputs with DSMC2 expander module

User programmable shaper 1D LUTs

Tetrahedral interpolation, 16-bit processing

AUDIO Integrated dual channel digital stereo microphones, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz

Optional 2 additional channels with DSMC2 expander module, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz

REMOTE CONTROL Integrated R.C.P. WiFi antenna

Ethernet, RS232, and GPI Trigger with DSMC2 expander module

MONITOR OUTPUTS 3G-SDI (HD-SDI) and HDMI with DSMC2 expander module

1080p RGB or 4:2:2, 720p RGB or 4:2:2

480p RGB or 4:2:2 (HDMI only)

SMPTE Timecode, HANC Metadata, 24-bit 48 kHz Audio

MONITOR OPTIONS DSMC2 RED Touch 4.7″ LCD, DSMC2 RED Touch 7.0″ LCD and DSMC2 RED EVF (OLED) with cable-free connection.

RED Touch 9.0″ LCD, RED Touch 7.0″ LCD, RED Touch 5.0″ LCD, RED PRO 7″ LCD, BOMB EVF (OLED) and BOMB EVF (LCOS) compatible with DSMC2 LEMO Adaptor A and LCD/EVF cable.

REDCINE-X PRO DELIVERY FORMATS 4K: DPX, TIFF, OpenEXR (.RED via RRencode plugin)

2K: DPX, TIFF, OpenEXR (.RED via RRencode plugin)

1080p RGB 4:2:2, 720p 4:2:2 : QuickTime, JPEG, AVID AAF, MXF

1080p 4:2:0, 720p 4:2:0 : H.264, .MP4

VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY Adobe Premiere Pro, AVID Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, Edius Pro, Final Cut Pro, Vegas Pro