Freefly ALTA 8 Drone for Aerial Cinematography

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Fold Up Design with Collapsible Props Toad in the Hole Mount for MoVI Gimbals Gimbal Top-Mounting Supported Up to 9.1 kg Payload Capacity

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The Freefly ALTA 8 expands the capabilities of the ALTA line of multi-rotors for our most demanding customers who want to carry the largest cinema payloads on the market. Unpack and be ready to shoot in under five minutes thanks to quick release top and bottom trays, swan-neck carbon booms and proprietary carbon propellers.


Confidently fly professional payloads weighing up to 9.1 kg knowing that you are guided by our industry-leading SYNAPSE Flight Controller.* Capture cinematic aerial shots from any perspective with the ability to mount the MōVI on top.

Take your productions to the next level with the ALTA 8 and tackle each challenge you face as an aerial cinematographer head-on.


The ALTA 8 is a Ready-to-Fly system that includes:

  • ALTA 8 Multi-rotor
  • Pelican Case
  • Quick Release Top Handle
  • Inverted Landing Gear for Top Mounting Drone
  • Freefly ALTA App available for download


The ALTA 8 UAV comes fully assembled and includes all the necessary tools and accessories you will need to mount a MōVI and get it flying. The standard ALTA drone ships with a Quick Release Top Handle, Inverted Landing Gear, FPV mount plate, cables to connect your personal receivers and/or FPV system, and mechanical tools to disassemble & inspect your UAV.  


Not Included: The standard ALTA 8 drone configuration does not include a MōVI gimbal, batteries, a radio transmitter, receivers, the Aero Landing Gear (lower landing gear for flying a MōVI in the bottom mount configuration, pictured), or an FPV system.


*Please consult the max payload chart in the ALTA 8 Aircraft Flight Manual for specific weight limitations.

When used in conjunction with a separately available MoVI gimbal, it supports mounting the camera either below or above the airframe. This configuration flexibility makes shooting from virtually any angle possible, even with the camera pointed up. ALTA 8 features a maximum payload of 9.1 kg, and is therefore suitable for DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even compact cinema cameras (depending on lens weight and other variables). Equipped with Freefly's own flight control system, ALTA 8 works with a range of transmitters, including many Futaba, Spektrum, and radios (see specifications for specific requirements). Flight modes provided include Manual, Height Hold, Climb Rate Control (Vario), Position Hold, Ground Speed Control, Return-To-Home, and Auto-land. For monitoring and first-person view, the flight controller works with FPV systems from Skyzone, BOSCAM, Immersion RC, and Fatshark. OSD display is user-configurable, and telemetry can data can also be displayed on compatible Futaba transmitters.
The ALTA 8 includes a hard transit case. Additional item essential to get started include flight batteries and a charger, a transmitter (radio controller), and of course a MoVI gimbal and camera.


Fast Setup and Breakdown
The Freefly ALTA features a robust standard hard case that the aircraft folds up in and a packs away. Before each flight, simply unfold the prop arms and in insert the battery (available separately) – the props themselves unfold automatically as they spin up. No pre-flight assembly requiring tools is needed


Up to 9.1kg Payload Capacity
Designed for today's growing crop of compact cinema cameras, the ALTA is suitable for models such as the RED Dragon, Sony F55, and ALEXA Mini. It also supports popular mirrorless and DSLR cameras widely used in video production or to take stills from the air

Synapse Intelligent Flight Control System
The Freefly Synapse flight control system combines gyros and other sensors with proprietary control algorithms to allow users to execute complex flight patterns with ease. It features an integrated on-screen display, high-bandwidth position control, live , and has been tested for years by the industry's best pilots


Data Logging
High speed data logging allows user analysis of critical flight data


Works with MoVI Gimbals
Top Mount Camera Option
In addition to traditional bottom mounting, the ALTA supports mounting the gimbal on top of the aircraft. This enables capturing distinct camera angles from beneath an elevated subject

Toad in the Hole Quick Release
MoVI gimbals can be easily attached or removed using Freefly's Toad in the Hole mounting standard

Vibration Isolation System
A refined vibration isolation system rejects high frequency disturbances adding further image stability on top of what the gimbal provides

Lightweight Frame
The frame has been engineered to provide the optimal strength-to-weight ratio, enabling its up to 15 lb payload capacity


Weather-Resistant Electronics
The internal distribution board is weather sealed and conformal coated. It features four 12V power leads for driving LEDs or other accessories, as well as integrated connections for FPV monitoring systems

Silent Drive Technology
Using sine wave drive motor controls with active braking, the ALTA features low noise and precise, efficient, closed loop control of the propeller

User-Definable LEDs
Customize your ALTA's LED color scheme to suit your piloting preferences via the ALTA App


Unfolded Diameter(does not include Props): 1325 mm
Folded Diameter (does not include Props): 660 mm
Height to base of Toad In The Hole (TITH): 263 mm

Number of Motors: 8
Motor Type: Direct Drive 3-Phase PMAC Outrunner
Motor Make and Model: Freefly F45
Motor Max Continuous Power Output: 350 W
Motor Max Instantaneous Peak Power Output: 950 W
Max RPM (flat rated): 6300 RPM
Equivalent Kv: 384
Electronic Speed Controller: Freefly Silent-Drive Sine Wave ESC

Make and Model: Freefly ALTA Propeller
Material: Carbon fiber with balsa core
Propeller Orientation: (4) CW and (4) CCW Props
Propeller Type: 18 x 6 Folding

Nominal Battery Voltage: 6S / 22.2V
Maximum Battery Size: 240 x 180 x 80 mm
Maximum Battery Quantity: 2 Battery Packs (Parallel)
Minimum Battery Quantity: 2 Battery Packs (Parallel)
Battery Connectors: 2x EC5 (Parallel)
Required Minimum Battery Discharge Rating: 250A / 500A Peak

Maximum Gross for Takeoff: 18.1 kg (40.0 lbs)
Maximum Useful Load: 12.0 kg (26.4 lbs)
Maximum Payload: 9.1 kg (20.0 lbs)
Typical Standard Empty Weight: 6.2 kg (13.6 lbs)

Always refer to the following aircraft limitations section for complete information on allowable maximum gross weights at different altitudes and temperatures before any flight.

Typical Specific Power: 145 W/kg
Thrust Ratio at Max Takeoff Weight (MTOW): 1.85:1

Model Name: Freefly SYNAPSE Flight Controller
Flight Modes: Manual, Height Hold Mode, Position Mode, Return-To-Home, Autoland
Supported Inputs: DSMX, DSM2, S.Bus, S.Bus2, PPM, FPV SD
Supported Radios: Futaba S.Bus & S.Bus2, DSMX, DSM2 (Spektrum/JR) PPM, PPM Invert, PPM Graupner
Supported Radio Controller Telemetry Systems: Futaba w/ built-in voltage sense port
Minimum Radio Controller Channels Required: >5
Supported GNSS: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
First-Person View System Video Formats: NTSC, PAL
Supported First-Person View Transmitters: Skyzone, BOSCAM, ImmersionRC, Fat Shark
Supported First-Person View Cameras: Ready Made RC
First-Person View OSD Telemetry: User Configurable
Installed Transceivers: Wi-Fi
Data Logging Rate: 25 Hz

Status Light: 1-Watt Red, 1-Watt White LED
Orientation Lights: 3-Watt RGB LED
Orientation Light Color: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, White

Vibration Isolation System: Silicone O-Rings

1. Soft/Light Payloads    Red O-Rings
2. Medium/Mid Payloads    Teal O-Rings
3. Stiff/Heavy Payloads    Black O-Rings

Mounting Locations: Bottom and Top Mount
Mounting System: Freefly Toad In The Hole (TITH) Quick Release
FPV Camera Mount: Between booms 8 & 1
FPV Transmitter Mount: Boom 2

These limitations are advisory in nature and do not extend or restrict limitations provided by Governing Aviation Authorities.


Maximum RPM    6300 RPM
Maximum Battery Voltage    25.2 Volts
Minimum Average Battery Voltage    19.2 Volts

Do not fly ALTA 8 in temperatures exceeding 45°C (113°F) or below -20°C(-4°F).5

Maximum Pitch/Roll Angle    45°
Maximum Yaw Rate    150° / second

Brand Freefly Systems
Shipping Weight 31.2000kg
Shipping Width 0.770m
Shipping Height 0.550m
Shipping Length 0.760m

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