Обзор HGLRC Sector 5 V3: дрон FPV с GPS RTH

 

My review of the HGLRC Sector 5 V3 drone encompasses my entire experience with the device, from unboxing it to the initial flight. Additionally, the third generation Sector 5 features upgraded hardware and includes a GPS feature that necessitates a fault-tolerant Return-to-Home (RTH) function. As predicted, the Sector 5 V3 offers two power options and multiple FPV (First-Person View) settings.

The 4S variant of the drone is equipped with HGLRC’s 2306.5 2550KV motors, whereas the agile 6S model features 1900KV engines. The analog model includes a CaddX Ratel camera and a Forward MT 5.8GHz video recorder. Broadcast power can be adjusted between 25, 100, 200, 400, and 800 milliwatts.The digital HD version of the drone includes a DJI FPV camera and a DJI AIR controller, both of which are available with radio options such as the AC2000, FrSky R9MM-OTA, R-XSR, XM+ and FlySky A8S V2 or Crossfire Nano RX. For those interested in custom frame sets, the HGLRC Sector 5 drone is also available in both 6-inch and 7-inch sizes. With a wheel base of 296 millimeters, the Sector 7 drone is designed for freestyle flying. In the event of any unforeseen accidents, the components of the drones have also been identified.

Detailed Overview of the HGLRC Sector 5 GPS FPV Drone V3:

Disclosure: This 5-inch GPS FPV drone was provided to me by HGLRC as part of our collaboration on product review. Given the manufacturing process involved, it is possible that the technical specifications and overall quality of the drone may vary from the one described in my review. For instance, I have also read in other reviews that the LED lights may not always be included.Upon inspection, the Sector 5 V3 drone arrives fully assembled and equipped with all required accessories. These include two sets of EthixS5 propellers, four W554A LED light bars with cables, a 5.8 GHz Hammer antenna, and four battery straps in two sizes. Additionally, a bag containing spare screws is provided. Upon my inquiry, the FrSky radio transmitter has been pre-installed and connected.

Upon holding the device in my hands, it feels sturdy and well-constructed. The red thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) parts and gold screws give it a sleek appearance. The cables have been neatly soldered, and the overall design leaves a positive impression. To be frank, I was impressed by the attention to detail in the manufacturing process of this drone.

The 5 millimeter thick shoulders of the unit are sandwiched between two millimeter-thick layers. Inside, space has been allocated for two stacks of thirty millimeter x thirty millimeter modules. At the center, the Zeus F722 flight control board is mounted on a flexible support, along with the ESC Forward 60 ampere 4-in-1 board.At the rear, there is an MT VTX transmitter operating at 5.8 GHz with a power output of 800 mW, connected to the FrSky radio. The F/S button is located just below the GPS antenna. A multi-purpose TPU antenna mount is provided, allowing for the attachment of two VTX antennas (compatible with DJI aerial platforms) and four radio antennas (two V and two T for the TBS Crossfire model).

The XT60 power cable has an original clip that was 3D printed and fits perfectly. Motors and the front of the drone are protected by TPU bumper pads in case of an impact.

The top cover is 2 mm thick and has a pre-applied anti-slip coating on the battery compartment. A universal camera mount is already installed. The camera angle can be adjusted in five positions (25°, 30°, 35° and 40°).Analog FPV Setup (Camera and Video Recording)

As previously mentioned, the HGLRC Sector 5V3 analog transmitter is utilized in conjunction with the Caddx Ratel camera and the Forward MT 5.8G video transmitter. The Caddx Ratel has become one of the most popular first-person view (FPV) cameras for nighttime flying due to its exceptional performance in low-light conditions, as evidenced by its starlight rating.

The camera is securely mounted between two layers of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) material, with the 2.1 mm lens protruding slightly in the event of a head-on collision. This is a necessary compromise in order to ensure a clear FPV image free from obstructions such as the camera frame or propeller blades.In addition to onboard video recording, a camera can be optionally installed for 4K video capture. The mount is compatible with various action cameras, including GoPro Hero/Session, Osmo Action, RunCam 5, and Foxeer Box 2, among others. Channels, ranges, and transmission power can be customized using the video settings or remotely through the IRC Tramp protocol.

The Forward MT 5.8G VTX comes equipped with a built-in microphone, enhancing the FPV experience. With an impressive power output of 800 milliwatts, the FPV signal can reach several miles with appropriately tuned 5.8GHz antennas.

The screen provides highly detailed information, including GPS data for the first time. Besides basic information such as speaker name, flight mode, battery level, and virtual horizon, the screen also displays current altitude, distance traveled, and GPS speed. The number of satellites in view is also displayed.Price and availability information is available upon request. As previously mentioned, the HGLRC Sector 5 V3 drone offers two power options and two camera options. These options can all be purchased directly from the manufacturer’s website.

The analog camera listed in this review has a price of $249.99, while the digital HD camera is $399.99. Both prices include the camera mount, LED panel, and set of spare propellers. Regardless of the version (4S or 6S), the price remains the same.Before flying your HGLRC Sector 5 V3 drone for the first time, it is essential to set it up and configure the Global Positioning System (GPS). Most importantly, do not attach the propellers until all settings have been properly configured in the betaflight software. Additionally, the VTX antenna installation should be completed prior to connecting the power source.

I began the installation process by attaching the Taranis Q X7 remote control unit to the Sector 5 receiver. After creating a new profile and configuring it to “D16” in my receiver, I enabled the drone’s tethered mode by pressing the F/S buttons on the receiver and verifying the parameters. Successful interaction with the surroundings was observed. Note that the association of devices gradually depends on the receiver and the drone.The next step was to connect the flight controller to a computer using a USB Type-C cable (which is not included with the drone). To ensure safety, the default settings were backed up prior to making any changes. This can be done by executing the “dump” command in the Command Line Interface (CLI) and saving the results to a text file.

Betaflight Sector 5 V3 Settings:

To adjust the accelerometer settings, place the drone on a level surface. In the “Ports” tab, select UART1 for Serial RX, UART2 for GPS (at 115200 baud), UART3 for VTX (IR control), and UART4 and UART5 as disabled.

In the “Configuration” tab, ensure that the following sensors are activated: Accelerometer, Barometer, OSD (on-screen display), Anti-gravity, Dynamic Filter, and GPS (Global Positioning System). There is no built-in buzzer in this device, so you can use a DShot beacon for sound alerts. I recommend enabling all beeps for optimal functionality.GPS Rescue Mode can be configured in the Failover tab (accessible only in advanced mode). If your operation is in an area with numerous satellites, we recommend adjusting the “minimum number of satellite” setting from 8 to 6 for optimum performance. This crucial switch is known as “Allow connection without obstruction.” Without this function, your device will not arm or deliver until the home location has been blocked. When inside your garage, please activate this setting.

Additionally, you must configure the switch settings in the mode tab. There is a new feature called “GPS Rescue,” which manually activates the possibility of a return. Note that if “Health Checks” is enabled, the drone will crash when Sector 5 V3 is activated in the high-altitude surveillance area and an emergency occurs when GPS is lost (manual signal loss or remote control signal loss).These are the essential steps to take prior to your first flight. It is possible that the PID values may only be modified if you have an in-depth understanding of their purpose and operation.

Preparing for the First Flight: Common Mistakes and Solutions

One of the most common mistakes made by beginners in aviation is incorrect positioning of propellers. Propellers come in two types: clockwise (CW) and counterclockwise (CCW). It is essential to ensure that they are always paired diagonally, with the CW propeller paired with a CCW propeller and vice versa.

Most propeller blades have labels on their tops, such as “5043” or “5043R”. The “R” in these markings indicates that the propeller rotates counterclockwise, while the lack of an “R” implies that the screw rotates clockwise. However, it is worth noting that the Ethix S5 propellers that come with the Sector 5 V3 kit have only the “R” marking for the CCW-rotating propellers.Using the Velcro straps, you can securely fasten the battery to the top cover without damaging the LiPo battery. If you are using a larger battery, it may be advisable to use two straps. Likewise, you can mount your GoPro camera to the mounting bracket by unfastening (rather than simply loosening) the side screws. This allows for adjustment of the camera’s angle.

The color of the LED lights can be altered using the FC button, enabling users to switch between different colors, including white, green, blue, yellow, and red. Repeated use of a particular pattern allows users to create various flashing and multicolored sequences, a useful feature for those wishing to customize their drone.The HGLRC Sector 5 V3 drone weighs approximately 650 grams and is powered by a 4S/1800mAh battery. This configuration allows for an average flight time of approximately 6 minutes. If a full-size action camera or pocket suspension is installed on the drone, the total weight will increase by approximately 100-150 grams, depending on the specific model.

I was particularly interested in testing the Return to Home (RTH) feature of the drone. I wanted to see how well it would perform on a Freestyle FPV (First Person View) drone. To do this, I conducted a test flight with the drone. During the flight, I made several large circles around my location and then flew in a straight line for approximately 250 meters. The RTH function worked as expected, with the drone starting to rise slightly (likely due to a set height of 50 meters) and then flying back towards my location.Next time, in order to simulate a scenario in which the drone will be flying beyond the range of my control device, I will deactivate it during flight and observe what happens. Please note that there are currently no consumer drones available with GPS accuracy accurate to the millimeter, so it should not be expected that the drone will land precisely on your designated landing area.

Despite its considerable weight, the drone possesses a significant amount of power. It is so well-balanced that you will not even notice the additional weight of the fully-equipped GoPro camera. I anticipate the 6S iteration to be even more nimble.

All in all, I am pleased with the performance of the drone. The value-for-money ratio is excellent and the construction quality is of the highest standard. The camera, first-person view (FPV), and on-screen display (OSD) features are all executed well.The GPS functionality of the drone works as expected, and its stability is impressive. We would highly recommend the drone to anyone seeking a reliable and high-performance freestyle FPV drone.

Sector 5 V3 is arguably HGLRC’s flagship model. It features a robust frame and high-quality components, such as a F722 flight controller and 60A BL32 speed controller, which enhance its performance. To further enhance its appeal, TPU bumpers are incorporated.

The standout feature of Sector 5 V3, however, is its impressive return-to-home capability. This makes it a suitable choice for beginners, as it offers a high level of safety and confidence during flights. In terms of performance, 5V3 earned 4.2 out of 5 points, making it one of the most impressive FPV drones we have tested.

**Pros:**

– Robust construction and excellent build quality

– Ease of maintenance and availability of spare parts

– GPS positioning and reliable return-to-home functionality

– Outstanding flight characteristics

– Seamless transition from DJI digital FPV- Front bumper and TPU engine guards

– LED backlight and camera mounting options

– Free STL file downloads for all TPU components

**Disadvantages:**

– The LED lights cannot be adjusted or used as turn signals for night flights in Los Angeles.

– It is not the lightest 5-inch FPV drone, weighing 412 grams without the battery and propellers.

– The GPS lock takes several minutes to lock; the FPV camera has an open lens.

– Photo gallery is available.

– HGLRC Sector 5 V3 provides an overview of the FPV drone with GPS return to home (RTH) functionality.

HGLRC Sector 5 V3. Отличный готовый дрон для фристайла.

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