FrSky Taranis - 16 Channel, Full Telemetry Transmitter
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!
Standard System includes:
- Taranis Transmitter
- 2000mAh NiMH Low Self Discharge Battery
- Battery Charger Adapter
- Neck Strap
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Further details can be seen HERE.
Download the Taranis Quick Start Guide HERE.
Check out this great video series! Gets you up and running faster with your new Taranis! (Click Here)
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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- Taranis Review by Phillip
(Posted on 8/4/14)
- Great Transmitter Review by Abdul
- Some much things Review by Steven
The Taranis itself is in the 'bigger' class of transmitters. It doesn't look or feel like a throwaway transmitter like the 9X, nor does it look WAY to flashy and overdone by cheap Chinese plastic like the 9XR. It looks and feels like a really good quality transmitter. Gimbals are nice and smooth. I fly Mode 3, so switching the throttle to the right stick was necessary for me. If I had purchased the 9X or 9XR, I would have had to transplant the gimbals. With the Taranis, I turn a few screws and DONE! Super easy.
There are a TON of programming options that I didn't even think was possible. Definitely take the time to watch all of the videos on youtube from Scott Page. Great videos and very informative.
I haven't used it in a plane yet, but I have great expectations! (Posted on 5/14/14)
- Excellent product Review by H K
- 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 new transmitter Review by Daedalus66
- Loving my new radio Review by Sam Pearce
- Lots of power, small price. Review by BigPilot
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.