The Mini 8 has been designed to meet the needs of those operating in congested areas where flight weight needs to be kept to a minimum, but without a reduction in system redundancy. In the UK the sub 7 kg limit requires a take off weight below 7 Kgs for close quarter operations, and in most cases, to allow the ability to carry a reasonable payload, this means reducing aircraft weight by sacrificing redundancy.
Many would agree this compromise makes no sense. By reducing the weight of the aircraft the potential damage of an impact during a crash is indeed reduced, but the likelihood of a crash is increased due to the lack of drive redundancy in the aircraft configuration.
Normal flight in the case of motor loss can only be achieved with an 8 motor aircraft, a 6 motor aircraft should stay in the air but with compromised yaw control, and a 4 motor quad cannot fly at all in the case of any drive failure. To this end the Mini 8 was designed.
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