Mazzy Star Drone Introduction

Mazzy Star Drone is designed for drone light show, featuring a full-color RGB LED, intelligent flight mode and high precision positioning system. It equips with RTK GPS positioning system and multiple control channels communication system to ensure a stable and safe formation flight. Mazzy Star Drone has full size propeller guard and only 0.48kg armed weight. The maximum time hover time is up to 18 minutes. For the revolutionary design, Mazzy Star Drone significantly reduce safety risks compared to other drones on the market.

Drone Light Show Playlist


Feature Highlights

  • Compact, durable and light airframe, full-size propeller guard
  • Only 0.48kg armed weight, up to 18-min flight time
  • Full-color RGB LED in high brightness, up to 640LM
  • Ground control software with Realtime 3D video preview
  • High precision RTK GPS, centimeter-level accuracy with RTK fixed
  • Radio transmit, 915MHz/2.4GHz, 3km Long Range Control
  • WIFI transmit, 2.4G, 120m Long Range Control
  • Remote Control, 2.4G, 1km distance
  • Drone light show Ground Control Station Software “Vimdrones GCS” --with efficient drone dashboard, Realtime 2D&3D video preview, enables flexible configuration and development
  • Drone light show design software “Vimdrones Designer”--Blender Add-on

Aircraft Diagram

Mazzy Star Drone

Technical Specifications

Drone Specs Details
Airframe Compact, durable and light airframe, full size propeller guard
Weight 480± g with 2S 3000mAh battery
Body Dimension 340x340x80 mm
Motor and Prop 2300 kV brushless motors; 6 inch propeller
Max Hover Time 18mins
Wind Resistibility < 7 m/s
Positioning System RTK GPS (GPS+GLONASS+Galileo+BeiDou)
Centimeter-level accuracy with RTK fixed
Battery LiPo2S, 7.6V, 3000-mAh
Remote Control 7-channel 2.4G radio remote controller (1km distance, optional)
Ground Antenna 915MHz/2.4GHz 1000 mW, communication range 3km
Drone Antenna 915MHz/2.4GHz 20 mW, communication range, 2km
2.4G WiFi, communication range, 120m
LED Integrated full-color RGB LED, 4W
Charger high-power 2S LiPo battery balance charger
10 charging holes
Input: AC100~240V 50/60Hz, 3A(Max)
Output: DC8.7 V 1.5A 10 groups
Accessory Foam box (420x420x148mm)

Ready To Fly List

  • Mazzy Star Drone
  • Mazzy Star Drone Battery
  • Mazzy Star Drone Battery Charger
  • Vimdrones Drone Light Show Device
    • 1 Vimdrones Smart RTK Base Station, 5V/3A
    • 1 Wifi Router, 100-220V
    • 1 Spektrum Transmitter, 4*1.5V AA 300mA
    • 1 915MHz/2.4GHz Antenna & 2 Feeders
    • 1 GNSS Antenna & 1 Feeder
    • 1 PoE Splitter
    • 1 PoE power supply, 220V
    • 1 Tripod
    • 3 Network Cables, 1&2&5 meters
  • Vimdrones Designer Software
  • Vimdrones Ground Station Software

Ready To Fly List

Other Additional Equipment

  • May need 220V power supply from mobile power bank
  • Some of the Power Strips
  • A set of foldable desk and chair (would be very good)


Pre-Flight Preparation

  • Battery preparation
    • Please prepare a sufficient number of batteries(more than the number of drones)
    • Please charge the battery fully(according to the flight time, the voltage is at less 8.2V)

Here are some tips for using batteries at low temperatures
1. Make sure the battery is fully charged before the flight.
2. Fully preheat the battery to over 20 degrees.
3. Battery preheaters are recommended.

  • Drone preparation
    • Please check the number the drones
    • Please check the airframe of the drones, especially for the propeller guard, propeller and the motor

  • Flight Path preparation

    • Export [Vimdrones GCS] flight project
      Use Vimdrones Designer to design the Flight path, save the .blend file and export the [Vimdrones GCS] flight data

    • Usage Warming:

    Do not let the drone collide when design the Flight path. It is recommended that the distance between drones is above 2m. If the distance is larger, the formation looks more stable. If the distance is close, the airflow generated by the drone will affect each other.

    Do not let the drone exceed the speed limit when design the Flight path
    1. Max Horizontal Velocity (Up To) is 4m/s
    2. Maximum Descent Speed (Up To) is 3m/s
    3. Maximum Ascent Speed (Up To) is 5m/s
    4. It is recommended that the flying speed of the drone is below 5m/s
    5. It is recommended that the takeoff/landing speed of the drone is below 2m/s

    Do not fly obliquely to land when the drones landing to the ground. Please keep descending vertically.

    Do not let the drone beyond the fence when design the Flight path
    1. Height: 120m
    2. Radius: 500m

    Pay attention:
    When the drone takes off at an altitude of about 10 meters, it will start to execute the flight path and quickly fill in the altitude. It is recommended to take off as a whole, or take off in a row. Of course, it’s not a problem to turn into graphics after takeoff, as long as it doesn’t reach the restricted speed and distance after 10 meters high.

Warming:
If it is raining, snowing or the wind speed is above 7m/s(bad weather), please stop the drone light show.


Pre-Flight Setup Procedure

Drone Light Show System Communication:

  • Power the wifi router, connect the wifi router and PoE power supply with a network cable
  • Place the tripod,setup the RTK Base and the antenna, use the Feeder to connect the RTK Base and the antenna
  • Connect the RTK Base to PoE power supply with a network cable (so the wifi router can communicate with the RTK base)
  • Power the RTK Base through the PoE power supply
  • Place the Remote Controller(Backup)

Pay attention!!!
Please first power the wifi router, then long press the button to turn on the RTK Base. It will make sure the GCS works properly on the computer.

Drone Light Show System

Operation Video


Drone Light Show System Layout:

  • According the design to place and locate drones
  • Insert the batteries to the drones, but not power the drones

Usage Warning:

  • Do not have the show near people too close or over people’ head
  • Should have the show in an open space without high obstacles
  • Should make sure of good order inside the venue without any interference or disruption when having the show

Drone layout: Drone Light Show System


When change in Z Axis Rotate in Vimdrones Designer(Real world layout) Drone Light Show System

Drone Light Show System

  • In default, the orientation of the formation is North. The GCS couldn't change the orientation of the drone formation. The drone will totally fly according to the designed path. If you want to change the orientation. It needs to be set in the designer software before you export the data.
  • Vehicle -> Export Setting -> Z Axis Rotate(degree in clockwise).
  • Z Axis Rotate: rotate degree in clockwise to coordinate, default is 0, if your flight field direction is different from your design, this would help.
  • Pay attention: if you change the Z Axis Rotate, the drone' head need to change the same degree.

Operation Video


Flight Procedure

  1. Connect the wifi on computer, run Vimdrones GCS
  2. When the RTK Base is enter, click Survey In button
  3. Waiting for Survey In ready, Survey in(Success)
  4. Click Open button, Select Design Project
  5. Power on Mazzy Star Drones, white light fast flashing -> red light flashing
  6. Mazzy Star Drone online, we can see the Drone Status on GCS
  7. Drone Status Check Pass(RTK Fix), yellow light flashing
  8. Click Upload button, upload trajectory Design to the drones, white light fast flashing
  9. Select Drone 1, click Copy From Drone button, copy drone 1 location
  10. Click Set Home button, set home location to all drones, green light
  11. Click Takeoff button, start your Drone Light Show

Mazzy Star Drone Led Indicate

Name LED Tags
Power on the drone White flashing for a while
The drone is waiting for RTK fix Red pulsing before take off
The flight controller is checking Blue pulsing before take off
The drone has been RTK fix Yellow pulsing before take off
Uploading the Design Project to the drone White flashing before take off
Set home success, ready to take off Green before take off
The Design Project is end the drone is landing Purple pulsing Landing
Uploading the firmware file White flashing

Operation Video


Post-Flight Setup Procedure

  • Unplug the batteries of the drones to the package. No need to fully charge the battery until the next flight
  • Put the drones into the packages, then stack up the packages and tie them up with a buckle
  • Pack up the Drone Light Show System into the package
  • Pack up the remaining equipment

Remote Control

Remote Control(RC) is the backup control system(another two are: 915HMz/2.4GHz radio & 2.4G WIFI). By default, we will not use the remote control in the drone light show.

  • In some emergency situations, we could use the remote control to control the drone to Land/RTL during the show. Please select the drone you want to manual control by RC controller in the GCS software, then click Rescue button.
    Rescue: Enable drone's RC control to manual control by RC controller. During the flight, the RC control channel is closed. When we click the Rescue button, the channel is opened.
    Remote Control

  • Also, remote control could test the drone after the repaired.

Note: Generally, we control one drone at a time by RC.

How to manually control a Drone
Please set up the drone light show equipment at first, we could check the statues on Vimdrones GCS.

Take Off

  1. Align the heading of the drone with your heading
  2. Power the drone
  3. Power the remote control and check the switch
    Flight Mode - 0: Stabilize (we could check the MODE in GCS)
    FLAP - RTL Mode - set down - 2
    Disarm - 1 Keep Up - The throttle is locked
    RATE - Hi - Set Up before enabling the motors
  4. Wait for the drone to enter the positioning state - RTK Fix / Float
  5. Push the throttle stick to the low position to the right - 2 To Bottom Right.
  6. Arm - 3 Keep Down
  7. The propellers start to turn
  8. Slowly raise the throttle to make the drone take off - 4 Raise Throttle
  9. We could change other Flight Mode for flight

Landing

  • RTL Mode
    Set up the RTL Mode stick.
    The drone will return home automatically. (we could check the MODE in GCS)
    Disarm - 1 Keep Up
  • Manually control Landing
    Change Flight Mode - 1: Altitude hold
    Push the throttle stick to the low position
    Disarm - 1 Keep Up
    Push the throttle stick to Bottom Left

We can choose one of the ways to land, generally for RTL.

Remote Control

More details:

Usage Warning:

  • Do not arm the drone near people too close
  • Do not arm the drone over people’ head

Operation Video


Battery

  • Its capacity is 3000 mAh and the rated voltage is 8.7V.

Battery Charging and Discharging

  • At normal charging mode, in constant current stage, the battery is charged in 0.2C until voltage reaches 8.7V, when constant voltage stage starts. Whole charging ends after 3.5 hours or when charging current is less than 60mA(0.02C).
  • At fast charging mode, the charging current is 1C until voltage reaches at 8.7V. The whole process is up to 3 hours or ends when charging current is less than 60mA(0.02C)

Usage Warning

  • Do not disassemble, crush and incinerate, drop or leave high pressure on the battery.
  • Do not short circuit the battery
  • Do not expose the battery to temperatures above 45 degrees or below 0 degrees

Storage Instruction

  • Keep the environment dry and clean
  • Ensure the battery at a storage voltage (7.08-7.62V) if not in use for a long time. If voltage is above or below that level, please charge or discharge battery
  • Battery must be fully charged and discharged routinely every three month. After battery is fully discharged, recharge the battery to 50% capacity

Battery Charger

  • 2S Li-ion HV Battery Charger, 8.7V/1.5A*10Channel
  • Input: AC100~240V 50/60Hz 3A(Max)
  • Output: DC8.7V/1.5A*10Channel

Instruction

  • Connecting battery with charger, making sure the positive of battery connecting with the positive of charger, the negative of battery connecting with the negative of charger.
  • Plug charger in DC power outlet, LED turns to RED, the charging is starting.
  • The charging finish once LED turns to GREEN. After charging, make sure unplug charger from DC power outlet.
  • Disconnecting battery with charger.
    • Note: battery may become hot after charging.

Usage Warning

  • Don't short circuit charger
  • Use the charger to charge correct battery
  • Don't cover charger and battery during charging
  • Don't charge battery unattended


Fail Safe Process

Fail Safe Automatic Activation:
1. If the drone battery is low, it will automatically return to home
2. If the drone flies out of the range(geo-fence), it will automatically return to home
3. If the drone loses the GPS signal, it will automatically land slowly

Fail Safe Manual Control:
1. We could click the Land button in the GCS software to land all the drones.
2. We could select one drone and click the Land or RTL button in the GCS, it will land or return to home.
3. We could click the Rescue button in the GCS software and control it manually by Remote Control. 4. We could realtime control the drones to Pause or Continue in the GCS software. 
Tool -> Team Control

Ground Station Interface

Safety
1. Preflight Check:
Only the drone passes the Preflight Check, it can fly. It will show the message in the LOG SYSTEM
2. Red Button:
Select one drone and click the Stop button to stop the motor of the drone
3. Safe Fence Setting:
We could set the Geo-Fence of the drones

Ground Station Interface


Get Log

Please download the QGC software.
Open QGC, use a micro USB cable to connect the computer to the USB port on the right side of the drone. Click LOG DOWNLOAD. It may need to click Refresh button. Select the log and click DOWNLOAD button. Download Data Log Downloading and Analyzing Data Logs in Mission Planner


Repair

Tool preparation

  • A solder
  • A tweezers
  • A screwdriver
  • A Micro USB cable
  • A Tin roll
  • A drone battery
  • A 3M Double Sided Foam
  • A laptop/computer with QGC installed

Repair the Body Frame

  1. Unlock the propellers with H1.5 screwdriver

  2. Remove the propeller guard from 4 arms of the drone body

  3. Move the drone outside the propeller guard

  4. Remove 8 screws from 4 arms of the drone body with PH1 screwdriver.

  5. Remove the top cap of the drone. Pay attention there is an cable connect with GPS and the motherboard.

  6. Unsolder the motor cables connect with the ECS

  7. Remove 3 screws of the battery plug

  8. Remove 2 screws of the battery case

  9. Remove 4 screws of the LED cover

  10. Remove 4 screws of motherboard

  11. Unlock the 2 connectors of motherboard

  12. Remove the motherboard, LED board, receiver

  13. Remove the motors

  14. Change the new frame

  15. Install the motors

  16. Attach the receiver with the Foam

  17. Install the LED board and motherboard, connect the LED board & receiver to the motherboard

  18. Solder the motor cables connect with the ECS. Pay attention to the order od the cables.

  19. Install battery case and battery plug.

  20. Do the motor test

  21. Install the the top cap of the drone. Pay attention there is an cable connect with GPS and the motherboard

  22. Install 8 screws from 4 arms of the drone body with PH1 screwdriver

  23. Install the LED cover

  24. Install the propeller guard

  25. Install the 4 propellers. Pay attention the direction of the propellers

  26. Manually fly the drone for the test

How to Manually Fly a Drone?

  • Setup the Vimdrones Drone Light Show System - YouTube
  • Manually Fly the Drone - YouTube

Operation Video