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    TBS CROSSFIRE - Next Generation Long Range R/C System

    After almost 2 years of development, a good week or two of teasing and leaked reveals as well as a tonne of test-flights at the DroneNationals without hiccups, we're finally prepared to officially announce the TBS CROSSFIRE, the next generation of long range R/C system.

    Check out the products on our website. You can also preorder via your favorite local TBS dealer!






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    A new era of connectivity

    The TBS CROSSFIRE is a long range R/C link based on the newest RF technology, capable of self-healing two-way communications and range beyond comprehension. With a sensitivity of -130dB, full RF-side diveristy rather than just antenna-diversity, the features already implemented and the future upgrades to come make the TBS CROSSFIRE the only long range control link worthy of our times.

    Remote control links, however, are tasked with much more than range. Telemetry, robustness against interference, connectivity with smart devices, ease of use and the overall finish are often overlooked to achieve the last bit of range. The end result is often strange behavior, lack of reliability, or simply things that were never envisioned and thus not possible. Let's kiss those days goodbye, and move on to a brighter future

    Developed by Experts
    Team BlackSheep has been notorious for long range records, close-to-ground proximity flying in the Alps and deep urban operations. During our numerous missions all around the globe we have gathered a list of requirements, and have found that no existing system can cover them all. So we set on a long and painful path to develop a RC link system entirely from scratch, put it through its paces for over a year to ensure top-notch reliability and state-of-the-art functionality.

    Through the OLED Display on the transmitter, you can monitor the real-time location of your drone (TBS GPS or BlackBox with DJI Naza or APM-based GPS required). The up- and downlink status provide a feeling of safety, the configuration options through the OLED display do away with any PC-based configuration tools. The pulsing LED relays your link budget and link health in colorized form (green = keep going, orange = turn around). In case of a crash, the location of the drone is visible on the OLED as well. The built in battery on the receiver turns it into a beacon automatically - and it will continue to transmit its last known location until the battery runs out.

    It Just Works
    Apart from unparalelled maximum range, the thing that we are most proud about on the TBS CROSSFIRE is that it just works. In the past, our question always was "could our R/C link keep up?". Many missions were aborted, or lines weren't flown, due to premature failure of the R/C link. Once we switched to the CROSSFIRE, all of these problems were gone. As long as we had video, we had control. And when the video was gone, we still had control - and telemetry. With the TBS CROSSFIRE comes peace of mind.




    Features:


    • Long range, adaptive and robust remote control system for your aircraft
    • Immune to on-board noise
    • Two-way communication link with real-time link vitals and telemetry
    • Self-healing & frequency hopping (DSSS, FHSS)
    • RX beacon mode to recover your downed aircraft
    • Super easy binding and configuration via built-in display
    • Low latency control for perfect immersive feeling
    • Two receiver models: 8ch Diversity Rx, 8ch PPM Mini-receiver (4g weight!)
    • Ability to fly with multiple friends at the same time (10 or more)
    • Selectable RF power from 10mW to 2W (local restrictions apply)
    • Dedicated head-tracking input option for full FPV immersion
    • Transmitter LED shows link health, OLED display for built in configuration
    • Bluetooth telemetry output for smartphone apps
    • Expansion port for future feature support
    • Coming soon: Micro-receiver for smaller drones. Smaller than you think!
    • Coming soon: Software updates via RF Link
    • Coming soon: 12ch support


    Technical specifications:

    Frequency Bands: 868MHz (EU, Russia) / 915MHz (USA, Asia, Australia)
    Input Voltage: 3.5 - 13V
    Power consumption: 1.1W (@10mW) - 3.2W (@2000mW)
    Dimensions: 55 x 89 x 15 mm
    Weight: 76g

    Videos
    Here is a video of a range-test flight checking how susceptible the Crossfire is to interference. We took two known noisy components, one is the TBS CORE PNP PRO which has a super-strong DCDC converter. Another is the video transmitter. Crossfire power set to 25mW, goal was to reach 3km. We passed that without a single packet lost!



    Release notes:

    V1.57 2016-10-17 ( including versions from V1.53 to V1.57 )
    Most important changes:
    - added: Support for completely legal use for countries following FCC, C-Tick and ETSI
    - added: Region selection ( open, FCC, C-Tick and CE/ETSI ). Selecting any beside open will
    lock the system according to selected rules. Only allowed setting will be available
    by OLED menu once the system is locked.
    - added: Konami code to unlock the system once locked
    ( up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, enter, enter )
    - added: Channel based spectrum analyzer for noise floor, LQ and SNR
    - added: CRSF V2 support including telemetry and even lower latency between Open-TX and Crossfire
    ( requires Open-TX 2.2.x beta and lua script on SD card )
    - added Selectable SBUS rate ( use 50Hz max for DJI FCs )
    - added: Factory reset
    - improved Better concept for dynamic power to avoid power ramping up fast if not required

    More details below:
    V1.57 2016-10-17
    - fixed: False RC failsafe message using APM FC with Android Tower App.
    - fixed: Unstable uplink using CRSF between RC and TBS CROSSFIRE for certain units

    V1.55 2016-10-08
    - added: Factory reset
    - improved: Timing for Bluetooth and CRSF communication
    - improved: Noise floor measurement
    - fixed: 12 channel mode working with telemetry off
    - fixed: Dynamic power setting doesn't get lost during power cycle
    - fixed: 12 channel PPM doesn't send servo min position until link established the first time

    V1.53 2016-09-20
    - added: Support for completely legal use for countries following FCC, C-Tick and ETSI
    - added: Region selection ( open, FCC, C-Tick and CE/ETSI ). Selecting any beside open will
    lock the system according to selected rules. Only allowed setting will be available
    by OLED menu once the system is locked.
    - added: Konami code to unlock the system once locked
    ( up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, enter, enter )
    - added: Channel based specturm analyzer for noise floor, LQ and SNR
    - added: CRSF V2 support including telemetry and even lower latency between Open-TX and Crossfire
    ( requires Open-TX 2.2.x beta and lua script on SD card )
    - added: Selectable SBUS rate ( use 50Hz max for DJI FCs )
    - improved: Better concept for dynamic power to avoid power ramping up fast if not required


    V1.44 2016.08.26
    - improved: More accurate power levels for 10mW, 25mW, 100mW and 500mW

    - Warning: DJI FCs don't support 150Hz SBUS update rate. Please use PPM, disable telemetry
    or update to V1.57 or higher.


    V1.40 2016.07.26 ( including versions from V1.20 to V1.39 )
    Most important changes:
    - added: New high bandwidth and ultra low latency RF profile
    - added: Up to 150Hz update rate for RC signals
    - added: Serial bridge and full MAVLink support
    - added: MAVLink parser added, feeding forward relevant data to the TBS CORE PRO ( requires TBS CORE PRO firmware V1.38 or newer )
    - added: MAVLink dynamic bandwidth control for incoming messages. This gives high update rate for forwarded messages to BST and make the frames fit the downlink avoiding buffer overflow and high latency
    - added: RC over MAVLink support added ( RC_CHANNELS_OVERRIDE ). Can be enabled on RX settings.
    - added: Forward RC frame to core pro for menu navigation by sticks ( only if no mixer active on remote )
    - added: Bluetooth mode selectable by menu
    - added: Crossfire 8ch Diversity receiver can now update TBS BLACKBOX and XF micro receiver over USB and BST
    - added: Menu option do disable telemetry downlink( under RX settings )
    - modified: Intelligent RF profile selection ( new and current RF profile ) optimizing for maximum bandwidth or long range
    - added: Assume 100% LQ at 50Hz. Maximum refresh rate is 150Hz, so 300%. For better understanding of link quality relative to signal throughput.
    - improved: CRC protection improved to make the system even more resistant against picking up invalid frames
    - improved: Receiver reacts on button in press event if in find mode
    - improved: New failsafe shortcut ( joystick short down to long up ) to avoid setting failsafe when remote is laying on the ground.
    - fixed: Glitches or losing control of channel 5-8

    More details below:
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    V1.39 2016.07.21
    - added: Configure PX MAVLink stream for Crossfire ( no more extras file on SD for PX4 )
    - added: Crossfire calculate used capacity for OSD as APM doesn't provide this information
    - fixed: RC Failsafe message for tower app
    - improved: Don't show downlink RSSI, SNR and LQ if telemetry is disabled
    - improved: Receiver will wake up instantly and turn on green LED when pressing bind button in find mode. Receiver shutting down by button (press button for 3s) in find mode will be confirmed by blink code.
    - improved: New failsafe shortcut ( joystick short down to long up ) to avoid setting failsafe when remote is laying on the ground.

    V1.36 2016.07.14
    - improved: Don't set failsafe and packet loss bits for SBUS if failsafe type is "FS.POS."

    V1.34 2016.06.24
    - fixed: TX also enter find mode if link is active
    - fixed: Full 150Hz update rate for SBUS
    - improved: Firmware update stability
    - improved: Failsafe cut for SBUS will keep sending an SBUS frame but with all values 0
    - added: Failsafe and packet loss bits for SBUS

    V1.31 2016.06.06
    - fixed: Dynamic switching between RF profiles
    - fixed: Headtracker roll source added
    - improved: Update rate increades to 50Hz for normal update rate and 150Hz for high bandwidth RF profile

    V1.23 2016-03-26
    - improved: Dynamic RF profile switching
    - fixed: Glitches or losing control of channel 5-8
    - fixed: update rate limiter for SBUS and PPM over MAVLink

    - Known issue: Sometimes 1s Failsafe. No issue if telemetry is disabled. Racers should be flown without telemetry.


    V1.20 2016-02-26
    - added: New high bandwidth and ultra low latency RF profile
    - added: 3 times faster RC update rate with new RF profile ( cuts down latency to 5ms best / 12ms worst )
    - added: New selection for Output 8 ( Bridge and MAVLInk )
    - added: Serial bridge support added. 1.2kB/s throughput with baudrate 57600. Output 8 ( uart TX ), Output 7 ( uart RX ) and Output 6 ( uart RTS flow control )
    - added: MAVLink support added. Baudrate 57600. Output 8 ( TX ) and Output 7 ( RX ) Can be connected to any MAVLink telemetry port, gives full MAVLink support in new RF profile and basic support in current RF profile
    - added: MAVLink parser added, feeding forward relevant data to the TBS CORE PRO ( requires TBS CORE PRO firmware V1.38 or newer )
    - added: MAVLink dynamic bandwidth control for incoming messages. This gives high update rate for forwarded messages to BST and make the frames fit the downlink avoiding buffer overflow and high latency
    - added: RC over MAVLink support added ( RC_CHANNELS_OVERRIDE ). Can be enabled on RX settings.

    - modified: Intelligent RF profile selection ( new and current RF profile ) optimizing for maximum bandwidth or long range
    - fixed: Headtracker input support. Two channels ( pan and tilt ) can be mapped individually from any HT Input channel to and overwrite a channel on the RC input frame
    - added: Crossfire is a RC frame source via BST. Navigate through TBS CORE PRO menu with remote sticks, without ColibriRACE ( TBS CORE PRO firmware V1.38 or newer )
    - added: Bluetooth mode selection added ( off, MAVLink emulator, Bridge and MAVLink ). If Bluetooth module is not disabled it will change mode depending on the receiving frames from the receiver
    - added: Crossfire 8ch Diversity receiver can now update TBS BLACKBOX and XF micro receiver over USB and BST
    - added: Menu option do disable telemetry downlink( under RX settings )

    - improved: CRC protection improved to make the system even more resistant against picking up invalid frames
    - improved: Dynamic power mode hysterisis tuned. 2s delay added for reducing power level. Increase power level only on burst frame loss not on single frame lost
    - improved: RX automatically binds to the transmitter after successful firmware update over the air if it wasn't bound before.
    ************************************************** ***************************

    V1.09 2015-11-26
    - added: Show signal strength bar on find mode page if no GPS is attached
    - fixed: Uplink sync loss when downlink is lost ( huge range improvement on high power in very noisy environment )
    - improved: More advanced CRC check to avoid wrong telemetry data
    - improved: Split up telemetry data to increase throughput if link has low link quality
    - improved: Dynamic power triggers changed to make it more stable even flying in a group of people
    - improved: Re-sync time in force telemetry mode
    - improved: Some small code improvements and fixes

    V1.06 2015-10-27
    - added: Micro receiver support
    - added: TX loads receivers firmware and stores it internally for firmware update over RF
    - added: Firmware update over RF ( V1.06 and above )
    - added: SBUS and non-inverted SBUS support for all receivers ( channel 8 on diversity receiver )
    - added: PPM and SBUS stream mapping
    - added: LQ/RSSI can now be mapped into PPM/SBUS streams
    - added: Digital low latency input capability added for upcoming OpenTX release
    - fixed: Futaba 12Ch. PPM support added

    v1.00 2015-09-12
    - First release
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    Trappy, maybe you'd like to add bluetooth to the list of features? It's not mentioned on the shop's page as well ...

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    Great Stuff! That's true innovation right there.

    I think the features speak for themselves, however if you still think it's too expensive for an UHF system (and it's not even more expensive than "other" systems), just think about what you'd have to spend on an extra telemetry module... probably around another 100 bucks if you look at the 3DR bluetooth modules which don't have as many features and less range. And they add even more weight.

    So this thing really is - featurewise - the best bargain out there right now I'd say.
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    So give us a module for the taranis and im sold...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hally1983 View Post
    So give us a module for the taranis and im sold...
    it comes with a Taranis module (it's included in the set ... let me add the photo )

    Quote Originally Posted by droelf View Post
    Trappy, maybe you'd like to add bluetooth to the list of features? It's not mentioned on the shop's page as well ...
    thanks. easy to overlook with such a long list of features added!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trappy View Post
    it comes with a Taranis module (it's included in the set ... let me add the photo )
    Ooo sorry must have missed that... you got any pics of it strapped on to the taranis fella?
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    something like this.. pretty sleek if you ask me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hally1983 View Post
    Ooo sorry must have missed that... you got any pics of it strapped on to the taranis fella?
    I can do even better ... here's a video


    the crossfire module is external to the JR module, but the JR-module adapter just transfers the data from the JR-module of e.g. the Taranis into the Crossfire in a very neat and tidy way.

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    Nicely done gentlemen... beautiful. Really looking forward to this one. Order placed

    Now perhaps a new wing to go along with it? Hmmm, decisions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trappy View Post
    I can do even better ... here's a video


    the crossfire module is external to the JR module, but the JR-module adapter just transfers the data from the JR-module of e.g. the Taranis into the Crossfire in a very neat and tidy way.
    Very nice indeed yeah thats tidy! Looks like a cracking product.

    How about integrating a video feed in to that too? The whole lot in 1 module / receiver with an output for the goggs to plug in to.

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