FrSky Taranis - Transmitter & X8R Reciever
Aloft Hobbies is very proud to introduce you to the FrSky Taranis!
If you could design your own transmitter, what would you include? That is exactly what FrSky asked their customers. The result is the Taranis! FrSky has succeeded in introducing a transmitter at an entry level price that outperforms many of the best name brand systems on the market. You may worry that the quality has been cut to keep prices down. Compromising quality for the sake of price is not the FrSky way. FrSky may lack a fancy ad campaign and huge marketing budget, but they do not skimp on the hardware!
The most important aspect for any transmitter is maintaining a rock solid connection with the receiver. FrSky is well known for the frequency hopping ACCST technology taking advantage of the entire 2.4GHz band resulting in excellent range and reliability. FrSky knows many things can affect the connection between Transmitter and receiver so RSSI (receiver signal strength indication) is incorporated into all telemetry receivers. The Taranis transmitter is continually monitoring the reception quality at the aircraft. Taranis will alert the pilot before signal quality becomes critical. This saves planes and makes the hobby much safer!
In addition to RSSI, Taranis has other safety features. Receiver Lock allows you to lock a specific model in the transmitter to one and only one receiver. No more flying (crashing) with the wrong program selected. Taranis has three different types of Failsafe. 1 - Hold last known commands, 2- Goto a programmed state (cut throttle, flaps down, etc. 3- No output. (Triggers flight controllers with "go home" feature.) The RSSI feature means you probably won't ever use the failsafe. Voice Alerts Just like having a copilot, the transmitter will give you voice alerts on speaker or through the headphone jack. Count down timers, low voltage warnings, landing gear down, thermal mode entered, etc. can all be set up with human recorded voice of your creation, or sound packages shared online from other hobbyists
The open-source software for the Taranis has been developed by hobbyist’s in the R/C community. The programmers of the transmitter’s firmware and companion software which runs on Linux, Windows, and Macintosh are very receptive to input and requests from users. There are no limitations based on marketing decisions. If you can think of it, chances are the Taranis is capable of doing it. With 60 model memories, tons of mixes, 9 flight modes, sequencing, servo speed, programmed delay all kinds of triggers, and the ability to assign any channel to anything, it is hard to come up with something this radio can't do. With this level of complexity, you would think the programming would be a real nightmare, but thanks to the forward thinking of the open source community, we can set up and test our programs on our favorite computer (PC, Mac or Ubuntu), it even features a handy set up wizard that will take care of most of the work! But they also made it easy to share programs freely via the USB port, or micro SD card on the back of the Taranis.
Are you heavily invested in another RF system? No worries, the Taranis actually has a normal JR style module on the back that will accept modules for other transmitting protocols. In the model setup you simply tell the system if you are using the external module, and it shuts down the internal FrSky module. Now you can use your Futaba, Spektrum, JR, Aisin, and other receivers if you have a transmitter module that fits in a JR style module bay. Our UHF friends, can pass 12 volts directly to a UHF module, eliminating dangling wires and extra battery packs.
FrSky has taken the hobby to a whole new level as they have evolved the transmitter to be more than a steering wheel. This is something truly special!
- Full Telemetry RSSI alarms (warns you of signal reception problems before disaster can strike)
- Self test of the transmitter antenna
- 16 channels (more when combined with external module)
- 60 model memories
- 64 mixers, 9 flight modes
- 16 custom curves with 3-17 points each, 32 logic switches
- Voice or custom sound alerts
- USB and SD card slot for system expansion
- Long range system capable of up to 3 times the range of current 2.4 systems
- Quad bearing gimbals that are silky smooth
- State-of-the-art open source software
- Large 212 X 64 backlit LCD screen
- Real-time data logging
- Receiver lock (program locked to aircraft - limited to FrSky receivers running PXX protocol)
- JR Style module bay for additional RF modules and so much more
- Selectable flight mode (1, 2, 3, or 4) Ships in Mode 2, Throttle on left stick.
- 2 timers, count up or down, throttle %, talking, etc.
- Trims - Adjustable from course to extra fine with extended and exponential trims
- Standard trainer jack
- ARM Cortex M3 32-bit 60MHz
- Integrates with CompanionTX – a FREE computer program that is a transmitter setup buddy. CompanionTX (Windows/Mac/Linux) is used to set-up models with the wizard, save, edit and share your models and settings as well as simulate your transmitter or model setup.
- USB connection for firmware upgrades, sound editing, R/W to the microSD card and integrate with CompanionTX
- Sticks and pots can be calibrated by the end user
- Multiple language support (Radio arrives configured for English language)
- Open source community-driven firmware, so unlike with major manufacturers if you need a special function or have good improvement suggestions just raise your voice, and don't be surprised if it's implemented a couple of days later! Visit http://www.openrcforums.com to meet the developers!
It's no wonder people have been excited about this new transmitter. This hobby has never seen a more reliable and more affordable radio. FrSky has an excellent reputation for building high quality, highly reliable telemetry systems. The Taranis takes everything they have learned and pushes it to the next level!
The Combo comes with the following items:
- Taranis Transmitter
- 2000mAh NiMH Low Self Discharge Battery
- Battery Charger Adapter
- Neck Strap
- X8R - 16 channel, S.Bus, Smart Port Receiver
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Further details can be seen HERE.
Download the Taranis Quick Start Guide HERE.
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If you are buying or bought a Taranis, we ask that you please make a donation to the Opensource firmware developers. Just click here to go to their paypal donation page. Thank you.
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- Outstandingly Review by JC
- issues Review by Larry
Rated low at the start, If issues can be sorted out, may change. (Posted on 7/1/14)
- Taranis Review by Thomas
I have to pass along a big thanks to Wayne at Aloft Hobbies for helping with sounds after I wiped out the SD card. With out fail Wayne has answered every email I sent to him for help with the Taranis. Aloft Hobbies is the greatest!! Thanks Wayne! (Posted on 6/22/14)
- taranis Review by steve
- Awesome Radio! Review by Matt
- Dream come true Review by ashtodust2000
And let me tell you it does not disappoint!
You all know all the good things about, so I will bring up the only flaws I could find.
#1 When using modules, they don't sit all the way down in the pocket.
#2 The neck strap balancer is right on top of the swich, they could have extended it out more.
#3 You will fall in love with the voices on the switches,no more guess work.
(Posted on 4/7/14)
- I dont have words for this... Review by Fernando
Without writing more words as my fingers are getting sweaty from the idea of using the radio, i say a good bye, and without a doubt thanks to the FrSky and Aloft Team for this exceptional product. (Posted on 4/4/14)
- Taranis impressions Review by Yeasah
* Extremely flexible and punches way, way above its weight in terms of features
* Good RF -- low latency, bidirectional with telemetry, inexpensive receivers with a wide range of options
* Very nice gimbals. Action feels great, very configurable -- ratchet/friction/tension/etc.
* Internal build quality is very nice, particularly at this price point
* Individual repair parts are available for purchase -- we service our own models, why not the radio? I love this.
* JR-type transmitter module socket -- drop in UHF for long range, DSM for BNF models, etc.
* Voice announcements are surprisingly useful -- configurable alerts for just about any condition you want to know about, and you can keep your eyes on the model
* Programming is a bit cryptic. This is the flip side of the flexibility coin
* Sliders are total crap. Supposedly upgrades will be available soon, though.
* The case of the radio (plastic enclosure of the tx itself, not the carrying case) is not of excellent quality. There are no functional defects that I can see, just aesthetic. It does not look like a premium product in this regard.
* When the tx is enabled (i.e. when actually flying a model), RF interference causes a constant low-level buzz in the built in speaker. Apparently this can be worse when using certain higher power TX modules.
* Neck strap balancer mounts directly above the power switch and partially blocks it. You can still use it, but it's slightly annoying and a bit dorky.
* FrSky seems to be having difficulty making enough of this stuff -- not just the tx, but some of the s.port telemetry modules and other accessories are hard to find right now. Hopefully this is temporary.
Despite the minor cons, this is a fantastic product overall.
(Posted on 3/9/14)
- Great Radio Review by scott
Using mine for DLG. I was able to set up a Launch setting, Cruise setting, Thermal setting and Speed setting. AND...... I gave each a voice reminder so I hear which mode I'm using. I also set up flaperons (with differential). I loaded a 3 minute verbal countdown that is on a separate switch so I can practice. You can install WAV files and use countdowns, warnings and even play music. It stores 60 models in memory and each can have it's own unique image so you don't load the wrong model when flying.
I also created a timer to let me know long I have been flying. AND........if you aren't good with setting up custom mixes, you can download files from friends or the Internet and install pre-made model setups.
On top of all that, the radio has telemetry. All my previous radios limited my abilities. The only limitation with a Taranis is your imagination.
As usual, Aloft customer service, shipping and pricing is the best. (Posted on 3/8/14)
- Awesome tx. Review by Vance
Please release more smart port sensors. (Posted on 2/1/14)
- Great transmitter. Review by Isaac
- absolutely great Review by gus
- Unbelieveable. Review by Kristian
The hardest part for me was trying to get out of the old programming mentality where I had to work within the confines of the menus.
Once it clicked, it took only 15 minutes to have a full-house glider set up with crow, flaps, dual aileron and air-brakes.
Specking out no longer makes me nervous about losing my aircraft - having RSSI telemetry is simply awesome.
The sticks feel great, everything is assignable, I cant find anything bad to say about the FrSky setup.
Paired with the X8R receiver (Which is remarkable for the price) this is an unbeatable combination and will do everything you ask of it.
The Taranis is a game-changer. (Posted on 12/26/13)
- order from aloft comes ontime and is supported by personnal email replies Review by charlie m
- Loving it so far Review by randy
This is a great radio. (Posted on 12/24/13)
- If I could marry it I would. Review by FPVav8tr
- A tasty treat that makes my RC life easier Review by Ed
Ergonomics is the best of any radio in my collection, and the bang for the buck is off he charts, and having 32 control channels available is off the charts good.
Wayne's prompt and courteous service is the icing on this tasty treat!
My hat is off to all the open-source programmers, video tutorial guys, FRSky and Wayne for taking the RC controller to a whole new level that is accessible to newbs and expert hackers alike. (Posted on 10/18/13)
- Easier then I thought! Review by Skippy
I wanted to tackle this plane as I knew it was going to be my most complex, and I should be able to base most other planes off this set up. I'd say that it took me about the same time to set up this complex plane with the Taranis as it would have with my Futaba 9C, maybe even a bit less time. Both would have required some searching and manual reading, but the Taranis set up is much cleaner, and I was able to dial a few bugs out of the plane that the Futaba would not have allowed. (Flaps did not throw evenly.)
I have been flying a number of smaller aircraft with the system and am very impressed with the range. It has been rock solid, and the sticks feel great! I wasn't sure I'd like them as I loved my Futaba 9C, but these are much nicer, the whole radio is much nicer.
I really like this radio! Thanks FrSky and thank you Aloft Hobbies!
p.s. Everyone at my field wants one. (Posted on 10/6/13)
- Great Value from a great vendor Review by P63H
Five stars!!! (Posted on 9/21/13)
- DYN-O-MITE Review by Jofi
- Feedback Review by Ken
When will this be back in stock?
How do you Prebuy? I don't see a link..Thanks
What receivers are compatible with this transmitter?
Will the V8-II series receivers work with the new FrSky Taranis 16 ch radio?
After reading the specs, was wondering why the DJT module would be used with this radio? It appears that the Taranis radio is fully equipped internally with all that the DJT module provides(?)
If you want to expand the 16 channels to 24 channels, you could use the DJT. Or if you want to use OLD V8 series receivers (prior to the current II versions), then you would need the DJT. Otherwise you do not need it as the internal module can already talk with all the telemetry receivers.
(The Taranis works with all D series, X series and the V8-II series receivers. )
If you wanted to expand the Taranis to 32 channels, then you will want to use the XJT module and use X series recievers.