Skycat X55 Pro Series for 3 - 9 kg UAV
Ultra light parachutes have arrived!
Light. Efficient. Reliable. Professional series launchers utilize patent pending Skycat Fuse® technology to offer market leading reliability and groundbreaking performance in a small package!
No fault prone servos, gases or explosives are needed! X55 with IFC-48-S chute is perfect for Inspire 1 series and other models up to 9 kg. Recommended weight with this chute is 3 - 5 kg, 9kg is the absolute maximum. Maximum weight comes from the forces the parachute can withstand when opened in terminal speed during freefall. Model parachutes are designed to open
immediately so the forces can be very high making it important to stay within the limits.
Note that even with a parachute the landing can still be rough and small damage may occur, but a parachute can minimize the damage and save all your expensive equipment.
Total system weight: Approx. 340g (0.71 lbs) , including X55 launcher, parachute and trigger.
- X55-CF launcher, trigger unit and fuse materials for 20 launches
- Fruity Chutes IFC-48-S parachute
- Harness kit for attaching parachute, including a steel ring, a quick lock and 3 meters of parachute line
Attaching and installation:
Launcher needs to be supported from the base against recoil forces. It can be mounted on the UAV e.g. by utilizing the M3 mounting threads at the bottom of the launcher. Velcro or cable ties can also be used.
Parachute needs to be attached directly to the most durable locations of the
airframe. The kit comes with 3 meters of strong harness line.
Trigger is controlled via PWM
channel through RC receiver, autopilot PWM output or other device.
Multiple control sources can be used by adding an extra trigger for
each. Trigger gets 4.9 - 6.1V operating voltage from PWM wire. Power
source for launch can be either aircraft's flight battery, or a
dedicated launch battery. To
get protection against aircraft power loss, it's recommended to use a
dedicated launch battery and add a BEC backup guard to the system to
keep receiver and trigger alive if aircraft BEC fails. Two recommended
manufacturers for backup guards are OptiPower and Scorpion
Attaching and installation is described closer in the Skycat System User Manual
- X55-CF launcher is made of carbon fiber combined with precision NC machined POM plastics.
- Diameter: 55 mm / 2.17 in
- Length: 209 mm / 8.23 in
- Weight 157 grams / 5.54 oz
- 4 x M3 mounting threads at bottom
- Temperature range: -25°C - +40°C / -13°F - +104°F (note: direct sunshine may heat black tube)
Fruity Chutes IFC-48-S parachute specs:
The Fruity Chutes parachute diameter is represented as effective diameter when deployed. Some round parachutes typically are represented as flat diameter measured on the ground which results in much higher number, but the actual parachute is effectively smaller.
Weight: 126 g / 4.44 oz
Maximum recommended weight: 3 - 5 kg / 6.6 - 11 lbs
Maximum weight: 9 kg / 19.7 lbs
Size: Effective diameter when deployed 48 in / 1,22 m.
|Drone weight, kg
||Descent speed, m/s
||Impact energy, joules
||Freefall equivalent, meters
Power source for parachute launch can be aircraft's flight battery or a dedicated launch battery.
- Trigger weight: 26 - 53 grams depending on cable length on final installation. 30 cm cables supplied as standard.
- Launch battery requirement (if used): 3-4S
- Receiver voltage: 4.9V - 6.1V
Skycat Parachute launcher trailer
Launcher Arming Demonstration
Parachute folding: Fruity Chutes IFC-48-S