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Welcome To Tarot T-18 V2.0

First, we upgraded the Tarot 650, and now we are pleased to announce the Tarot T-18 has been given the same upgrades. We visited and took feedback from our engineering team, along with Tarot T-18 customers across the country, and around the world, to proudly deliver the Tarot T-18 V2.0!

This Tarot T-18 V2.0 Ready To Fly Drone is an excellent drone for those looking to carry a heavy, specialized payload through the skies for industrial/scientific/research use. The Tarot T-18 V2.0 uses high-quality 3K carbon fiber plates and tubes, along with anodized aluminum CNC parts to ensure you have a drone as tough as the jobs you will need it for!

The Tarot T-18 V2.0 features an octocopter design that ensures stability and power, and unlike a 4 rotor design, ensures that any problems with a single rotor will not compromise the operation of the whole drone. The drone features a very large frame, measuring 1.2 meters or 3.9 feet from motor to motor.

The Tarot T-18 V2.0 Drone features arms that fold in at the click of a button to ensure easy transportation and electronic landing gear that retracts on takeoff. The Tarot T-18 Drone can carry around 17lbs (8kg) of payload with a range of 2 miles (3.2km), has a flight time of up to 20 minutes, and comes fully equipped with all required accessories, and has been pretested so it’s ready to fly out of the box.

When NASA came to us with a requirement to use high quality, made in USA electronic speed controllers, we did some internal tests and discovered them to be substantially better than what we were using previously. As a result, these ESC’s are now included as standard on all Tarot T-18 V2.0 models.

The Pixhawk and GPS have been upgraded to MRO models, designed and manufactured in the United States. These high-quality components offer higher precision and reliability than ever before and take the Tarot T-18 to the next level. We can now offer vapor phase soldering upon request for the Pixhawk flight control board, giving you an even higher level of reliability for the most critical missions.

The addition of a high-quality ultrasonic sonar module provides substantial improvements to the stability of the Tarot T-18 V2.0, allowing for a highly precise and stable flight when flying under 23 feet (7 meters).

Along with these main upgrades, dozens of smaller usability and design improvements have been implemented. Our Continous Improvement Program now means that when your Tarot T-18 V2.0 starts to get out of date, we will upgrade it with our latest and greatest improvements for only a small additional cost. With all these improvements, we are confident you will agree with us that this is the best Tarot T-18 we have offered to date, and a product that you can be confident will meet your needs for years and years to come!

Looking for a smaller, less expensive option that carries slightly less weight? Check out our Tarot X6 Ready To Fly , and Tarot 650 Ready To Fly, or our X8 Fixed Wing Cargo Drone for a fixed wing cargo option.

The number 1 chosen add-on by customers

Herelink HD Video Transmission System

This is the newest and most advanced video transmission out there! The Herelink HD Video Transmission System is the all-in-one solution for long-range HD video transmission. It is capable of showing real time FPV for recording, data transmission and radio control. The radio controller has a built-in screen. While having the FPV while flying, the system allows you to get long range HD video, data and control information. The transmission range to what it could show real-time footage is up to 12.4 miles (ca. 20 km), with a latency less than 110ms. The 5.5″ screen displays a multitude of control options. Examples of the control options are receiving live images, autopilot configuration through the native QGround control or other GCS applications based on the Mavlink system.

The Air Unit supports 5-12v power input and has a single UART for connection to the flight controller or other Mavlink accessories. The Air Unit and the Radio Controller are both equipped with powerful Pinecone S1 processors with 4 cores at 2.2GHz and 4 more additional cores at 1.4GHz. This offers tons of possibilities for future development.

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  • Ready To Fly drone purchase includes everything you need to fly
  • Professional platform for professional/scientific applications
  • Carry a payload up to 17lbs (8kg)
  • Achieve flight time of up to 20 minutes on a single charge
  • Spacious frame design allows you to carry a variety of equipment. We can build custom mounts for equipment on request.
  • Octo-copter design frame promotes stability and precision flight control
  • Electronically controlled folding landing gear at the tap of a button
  • Constructed of top materials – 3K carbon fiber plates/tubes, anodized aluminum CNC parts
  • Pixhawk flight control system with free Mission Planner software
  • Pre-program waypoints before takeoff for precision routing
  • Flying Modes: Manual, Stabilize Mode, Flight Plan, Return To Home
  • Failsafe functionality returns the Tarot T-18 to home automatically in the event of signal loss or battery problems

Powered By Pixhawk

With the Pixhawk flight controller system, the operator can program waypoints and flight plans into the drone before takeoff. The Pixhawk flight controller features manual flying modes, stabilize mode, and return to home mode in addition to the autonomous mode. The drone can either be piloted with the included controller when flying manually or via a laptop or tablet utilizing the free Mission Planner software when flying autonomously. The Pixhawk features a failsafe function and will return to home automatically if it loses signal or if the battery becomes weak.

Long Range System

The Tarot T-18 V2.0 Drone uses the L9R Long Range Radio module, giving you the potential to fly up to 2 miles (3.2km).

For an additional charge, we can extend the range.

High Precision GPS & Sonar

The Tarot T-18 V2.0 Ready To Fly Drone uses a high-quality US/Swiss made Ublox NEO-M8N equipped with dual compasses, allowing for incredibly accurate positioning. A highly accurate, USA made sonar module, gives extra precision and stability when flying under 23 feet (7 meters).

Powerful Brushless Motors

The Tarot T-18 V2.0 Drone is powered by 8 brushless motors that feature engineered carbon fiber propellers. The high-quality brushless motors require low maintenance compared to other types of motors and offer superior power and efficiency for the size of the motor, allowing you to lift heavy payloads with ease.

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High-Quality ESC’S

When NASA came to us with a requirement, that we use a high quality made in USA electronic speed controller for every motor on our drones, we tested it and said, why not make this standard for all of our customers. Now, the Tarot T-18 V2.0 comes standard with a DMR 30/40 ESC. These ESC’s deliver a much more agile feel, along with a quicker response, and feature a higher power to weight ratio.

Designed For Payloads

The Tarot T-18 V2.0 has been designed to carry the widest range of equipment, from camera/video to scientific/industrial/research equipment, and much more. Below the base plate are 2 centered carbon fiber rods designed to mount to, along with ample space for most payloads. Upon request, we can build customized mounts for your equipment, or provide CAD models for you to build your own. With our relentless focus on high-quality, reliable components across the board on our platforms, you can be comfortable in the Tarot T-18 platform to safely carry your trickiest payloads.

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Mission Planner Software

Draw route plans for the Tarot 650 on screen using a Google Maps interface and monitor crucial telemetry information in real time with Mission Planner software for PC or MAC. Live telemetry and flight data is displayed on the Mission Planner home screen, allowing you to control and monitor the Tarot 650 and its systems as it flies. In addition, you can configure APM settings for your airframe in the software, and download mission log files to analyze them.

The Mission Planner software is open source, and always being updated and improved by thousands of contributors around the world. For more information on Mission Planner or to download the software, click here.

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The Tarot T-18 Drone comes with a Taranis QX7 Transmitter by default. The Taranis QX7 is a widely used open source transmitter that features ball bearing gimbals, a backlit LED screen, audio and vibration alerts regarding values, alarms, and settings. The Taranis QX7 also features flight data logging, RSSI alerts, and 16 channels to operate with.

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Ultra Portable

The Tarot T-18 features a foldable design, allowing it to be folded with ease in a matter of seconds. The design allows the arms to be folded in, and gear to be retracted, reducing the size considerably for easy transport.

Made In USA Components

We are proud to have ditched the Chinese components, and swapped them for higher quality made in USA parts were possible. Now, the Pixhawk flight controller, GPS system, telemetry, ultrasonic sonar, and electronic speed controller are all manufactured in the USA. The only main parts that are manufactured in China are the carbon fiber frame, motors, and controller. Upon request, we also have alternative options available to replace those parts.

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Continuous Improvement Program

Every single week, our engineers make upgrades to the Tarot T-18 V2.0 based on their testing and customer feedback. Our continuous improvement program is so good that you might wonder when can ever be the right time to buy if there will be a better version next week. As a result, we have begun offering the continuous improvement program, included with all Tarot T-18’s purchased from January 2019 onwards. You can send your Tarot T-18 back to us at any time in the future and for $299.99, we will upgrade it with the latest and greatest improvements we have introduced since you purchased it.

Purchase With Confidence

PO Terms 

We can accept Net 30 purchase orders from most customers, with a few exceptions. Our team will determine eligibility on a case by case basis. Only pay for the drone when you have received it and are satisfied.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

We know you will love our products, but in the case you are not happy with the drone for any reason within the first 30 days, return it to us for a full refund.

EDU/GOV Discounts

Are you a school, university, government agency or contractor? You may qualify for discounts depending on what you purchase.


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Shipping & Manufacturing

Manufacturing Process

All of our drones are built to order, with roughly a 3 week lead time. If you require modifications, our manufacturing team will reach out to you and work with you to ensure you have the perfect drone to suit your exact mission.

At the end of the manufacturing process, the Tarot T-18 drone undergoes extensive quality control checks along with a full flight by our own test pilot before being shipped.

Day 1-5: Contact with customer regarding specific requirements, procurement of additional parts as needed. 15%
Day 5-10: Begin fabrication of frame, and complete frame testing. 30%
Day 10-15: Installation of electric components, electronics calibration & testing. 60%
Day 15-20: External lamination and any visual graphic work completed 80%
Day 20-23: Final testing of all systems & test flight. 90%
Day 24: Shipment to customer, customer acceptance. 100%

NEW: We have a number of Tarot T-18 Drones in stock and ready to ship in 1-2 days. If your order does not require extensive customization we can ship one of these units, and you will receive your order much quicker.

Drone Manufacturing
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We can ship the Tarot T-18 drone worldwide. All of our Tarot T-18 Drones are shipped in a wooden crate. This ensures that the drone arrives intact without any damage. It is also reusable and can be used to store the drone in the future.

Heavy Duty Travel Case

Alternatively, you can purchase one of our custom built heavy duty travel cases. These cases are ideal for protecting and transporting your drone if you plan to do lots of traveling. They come with dual handles, a custom cut foam interior with space for the drone, controller, batteries, charger, and any accessories you order from us. As with all of our drones these cases are built to order and can be customized extensively to meet your needs.

Personal Delivery (NEW)

We have begun offering personal delivery services. For a small additional fee, a member of our team will travel from our factory to your location to perform the delivery. Our team member will provide you with a brief training session on setting up the drone, and flying it, and will ensure that you fully understand how to operate the drone.


  • 2 Mile (3.2Km) Range
  • Up To 20 Minutes Flight Time
  • Strong Lightweight Carbon Fiber Body
  • Pixhawk Flight Controller Allows For Autonomous Programmed Flights
  • Can Be Fitted With FPV, Or Additional Equipment And Options Depending On Customer Requirements
  • 1.2 Meter Diameter (3.9 feet)

What’s Included?

  • 1x Tarot T-18 Ready To Fly Drone
  • 1x Pixhawk Flight Control System
  • 1x FrSky QX7 Transmitter
  • 1x Lipo Balance Charger With LCD Screen
  • 1x Instruction manuals and guide to getting started flying

User Manual

Want to check out the Tarot T-18 user manual to get a full understanding of our Tarot T-18 before you place an order, or lost the manual that was included with your drone? Click here to download a PDF version of our user manual?

Upgrades & Accessories

Since our Tarot T-18 V2.0 drones are built to order, we offer an extensive range of upgrades and equipment that we can install on each drone. Please contact us for pricing and additional info on each of these upgrades, or if there is something not listed that you would like to include on your Tarot T-18 V2.0 Ready To Fly Drone.

General Upgrades

  • Cargo Bay
  • Upgraded Transmitter
  • Cold Weather Package
  • Hot Climate Package
  • 4G LTE Control
  • External LED’s
  • Range Extension
  • Flight Time Extension
  • & Much More

Additional Equipment 

  • NVDI Camera
  • RGB Camera
  • Mapping Camera
  • 3D Modelling Camera
  • FLIR Thermal Camera
  • 4K High Zoom Camera
  • FPV Camera
  • GoPro Camera
  • VR Goggles
  • Ground Control Station
  • Internal Monitoring Camera
  • & Much More

Parts & Accessories

  • Extra Propellers
  • Extra Batteries
  • Travel Case
  • Tablet Ground Station
  • Car Charger Adaptor
  • Panasonic Toughbook Ground Station
  • & Much More

5+ Years In Business

Trusted by a customer base in 100+ countries, UAV Systems International works with academia, corporations, defense contractors, government agencies, and end consumers to build customized fixed wing and multirotor drone solutions that meet their needs. No mission is too big or small, let us build you a solution to meet your needs today!

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