Jupiter Tricopter

Jupiter Tricopter

Built “Jupiter” tough? This heavy-lift tricopter is no joke! Here’s the scoop direct from FlightWave:

Picture a tough-as-nails pickup truck, one of the all-wheel-drive workhorses advertised during football games. That’s the best metaphor for our Jupiter tricopter: no nonsense, all muscle, made for missions where durability, endurance and precision control are required. Patented tilt-pod technology provides a smooth, level flying experience with control unlike any multi-rotor on the market. The same core engineering that provided precision control for the Edge-130 UAS is now available in a wingless craft — making it ideal for indoor use where precision in tight spaces is crucial. It’s an industrial-grade tool to get hard jobs done.

The Jupiter tricopter is FlightWave’s answer to a serious problem that has long vexed UAS pilots: traditional quadcopters have to rotate their entire frame in order to move to a new position, dipping and compensating for the dip — over and over again. Tilting while trying to move forward, back, left or right requires more power to prevent losing altitude. It’s an inefficient way to fly.

By contrast, Jupiter circumvents this problem by leveraging the power of FlightWave’s ingenious thrust-vector control, autopilot, and power management systems. In addition to extending your flight time, level flight keeps all your sensors pointed where they need to be – you get more useful data out every flight.


Jupiter’s engineering was inspired by two fundamental pain points our customers shared over and over again: 1) the ability to lift a lot more weight and 2) the endurance to stay in the air for a long time. Jupiter is specifically designed for pilots who need to lift more and fly longer than traditional multi-rotors allow.

How do we achieve that? The Jupiter tricopter brings four big advantages to the table:

  • Super-Sized Battery: Each of the Jupiter tricopter’s battery packs carries more than half a kilowatt-hour of energy providing ample power for heavy lifting and long endurance.
  • Optimized Power Management: Heavy lifting requires large fans for maximum lift with minimum power drain. Jupiter tricopter puts gravity in its place with a tri-rotor design that balances two strong forward fans and a highly-efficient double-size rear rotor.
  • Precise Tilt-pods: The Jupiter tricopter’s patented tilt-pods make hundreds of subtle adjustments to each propeller’s position speed every second. This thrust-vectoring approach to controlling the airframe allows for much higher positioning a holding precision. This new method of control changes the way pilots approach mission planning, especially in tight spaces or indoors. Jupiter’s tilt-pods keep the frame flat for smooth, precise, energy-efficient operation.
  • Economical: The Jupiter tricopter is a best-in-class, remarkably affordable solution for companies that need a workhorse UAS.

The Jupiter tricopter is an easy-to-deploy, heavy lift, long-endurance, ultra-stable craft that hits the sweet spot for an industrial user: rugged, maneuverable, and versatile. It’s perfect for warehouse work, security, surveillance, public safety, mining, and numerous other applications. Jupiter also takes advantage of FlightWave’s open-source payload integration, which allows pilots to customize their vehicle with new sensors, software, and capabilities.

Updated: November 7, 2019 — 8:05 pm

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