Supporting a total takeoff weight of 18 pounds, the Spreading Wings S900 Hexacopter from DJI is optimized for installing a gimbal such as the Zenmuse Z15 enabling capture of aerial videos and photos. It features carbon fiber frame arms to cut down on weight, which fold down for storage and transport. Used with a 6S 12,000mAh battery, available separately, the S900 can fly for up to 18 minutes fully laden.
This version of the S900 features the DJI A2 flight control system, a collection of hardware which acts as the hexacopter's brains. It takes data from the GPS, gyros, barometer, and other sensors while applying any pilot inputs to help ensure stable flying and smooth video. The A2 can be configured for different flying styles and pilot skill levels, with features like Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC), Point of Interest (POI), one motor fail protection, and a Return-to-Home fail safe in the event contact is lost with the transmitter. Thanks to CAN-bus peripheral ports, A2 can integrate other accessories, such as the Lightbridge unified video, data, and control system.
The S900 is not a ready-to-fly (RTF) aircraft. It does require some assembly, and a transmitter (hand-held radio controller) and batteries are also required. For power, it uses LiPo flight batteries in 6S configuration, a 10,000 to 15,000mAh capacity, and requires a discharge rate of at least 15C.