The Espresso

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The Espresso is a Cappuccino kit PLUS a Lisa/M v2.0 "brain" and two xBee modules for wireless data transmission between the aircraft and a computer on the ground. We also include an extra pair of propellers, for a total of six. The Cappuccino is unassembled and great if you have your own project in mind, or want spare Quadshot parts. The Espresso is unassembled and great for R/C and software enthusiasts interested in both flying and hacking with the aircraft.

Important.png The Espresso requires additional components to fly.

Kit Contents

  • 1x Right Wing Half
  • 1x Left Wing Half
  • 4x Pylon
  • 1x Spar Cover Set (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • 2x Winglet
  • 1x Radio Receiver Bay Cover
  • 1x Carbon Spar
  • 1x Electronics Frame
  • 1x Electronics Frame Front Lid
  • 1x Electronics Frame Back Lid
  • 2x Servo Linkage Set (pushrod, control horn)
  • 4x Motor Clip
  • 1x 1/4" - 20 Camera Mounting Bolt
  • 1x Hook and Loop Strap
  • 6x M3 Screw
  • 4x M2 Screw
  • 2x Set A ESC (short wires)
  • 2x Set B ESC (long wires)
  • 4x Motor
  • 4x Prop Saver set (2x M3 screws, 1x Hub, 1x rubber O-ring)
  • 3x Propeller
  • 3x Reverse Propeller
  • 1x Red LED board
  • 1x Green LED board
  • 2x White/Blue LED board
  • 4x LED signal/ground wires
  • 1x LED Driver Board w/wires
  • 1x Battery pigtail
  • 1x Pigtail Kit (2 brass tubes, 2 shrink tube)
  • 1x Servo w/long wires
  • 1x Servo w/short wires
  • 2x Servo quick link
  • 1x Lisa/M with mounted Aspirin IMU
  • 1x XBee 802.15.4 Series 1 module w/serial board and connector
  • 1x XBee 802.15.4 Series 1 module w/USB serial board
  • 1x Lisa/M to Spektrum® receiver Y-cable
  • 1x Lisa/M to xBee carrier board cable
  • 1x Lisa/M bind plug

In addition, the LED signal wire and voltage sense wires have Picoblade connectors on one end to facilitate installation into Lisa/M.

Cappuccino contents from left to right: propellers, pylons, spar covers 2 and 3, spar covers 1 and 4, winglets, radio receiver bay cover, front lid, rear lid, electronics frame, Set B ESCs; reverse propellers, left wing half (underside shown), right wing half, set A ESCs; carbon spar, LED power wires (red/black), voltage sense wire (red), blue/white LED boards and wires (blue/black), red LED board and wires (yellow/black), green LED board and wires (green/black), LED driver board, LED signal wire (white/black); servo accessories, servos, M2 screws, M3 screws, motor clips, camera mounting bolt, hook-loop strap, servo pushrods, control horns, prop savers; motors, pigtail heat shrink tube, pigtail brass tubes, battery pigtail.
Espresso electronics from left to right: Lisa/M with mounted Aspirin IMU (on underside - not shown); xBee module (1 of 2) and USB carrier board; xBee board (2 of 2) and serial carrier board; propeller; reverse propeller; Lisa/M to Spektrum® receiver Y-cable; Lisa/M bind plug; LED signal wire (Espresso version); Voltage sense wire (Espresso version); Lisa/M to xBee carrier board cable


We designed the Quadshot’s airframe to be lightweight, yet durable. It features a standard threaded mount suitable for a small camera. The wing is made out of EPO foam, with a carbon-fiber spar for strength. The pylons are plastic-reinforced foam, are removable for easy storage and transportation, and act as landing gear, motor mounts, and tailfins. They are set farther apart on the bottom of the wing to give your camera a clear view.

Additional Necessary Components

To fly, the Espresso requires a battery and a radio system. We recommend using a Spektrum® DSM2-compatible radio transmitter and two Spektrum® DSM2-compatible "satellite" receivers such as the SPM9545. Note that a main receiver (e.g., with servo outputs) is not necessary, as the remote receivers plug directly into Lisa, which decodes their output.

Other radio systems may be compatible but may require modification, software configuration, and/or additional components to function.