The 5 Greatest Star Wars Quadcopters Ever Built

The Force Runs Strong With These Custom RC Star Wars Drones

Star Wars is just fascinating.  In the spirit of the new Star Wars movie release (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), we pay homage to these cool looking custom builds.  

After watching these, you will either want to go build one yourself, or go watch an older Star Wars Movie again!  Enjoy!

Imperial Speeder Bike

Here’s an Imperial speeder bike FPV quad, made out of an old POTF 12 in figure Speeder Bike toy.

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GEAR :
A quadcopter : Omen 410 (custom frame, carbon and aluminium)
Motors : Quanum 2217 800kV
Speed controllers : Afro ESC 30A
Propellers : HQprop 9×4.5MR
Battery: LiPo 4S-3300mAh 35C
Flight controller : Naza + GPS
Radio system : Futaba 14SG, receiver FrSky TFR8SB
Camera : Gopro 4 Silver 1080p-50
Weight of the carrier : 1180gr
Weight of the model : 440gr

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Incredible MultiRotor Hoverboard Test Flight

Canadian Inventor Tests Breakthrough Prototype Hoverboard

What could be more fun than taking your hoverboard out on a lake in beautiful Quebec?

This prototype is the next-generation version, invented by 31-year old Alexandru Duru, who lives in Montreal.

Just last year, Duru claimed the world record for longest hoverboard flight, where he flew about 5m above a lake for 275.9 meters, on a 1.5 min flight.


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Watch How This Drone Get Its Battery Changed Automaically

Demonstration Video On An Automatic Inspection UAV System

It’s amazing to see fully automated drones working.  This is a video showing an automatic UAV survey &  inspection system, coupled with a user software interface.  All boundary coordinates are input into the mapping software, and the drone piloting, aerial images, and data is all downloaded automatically.

The coolest thing is that when the drone is low on batteries, it returns by itself to a small hanger, where it removes the spent battery, and replaces it with a fully charged one.  Then the drone takes off and resumes its mission!

Watch it here!

This Drone Helped Fireman Extinguish A Massive Lumberyard Fire

Drone Provided Real Time View Of Hot Spots

Keith Muratori is a Bridgeport CT firefigher (rescue 5), who assisted firefighters in neighboring towns with his drone, to give them a real-time view of a fire from above.  He captured some amazing video of this lumberyard fire destroying these quonset hut warehouses.

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This real time drone footage allowed the firefighters to direct their water spray at the critical hot spots, and saved the firefighters from unnecessarily risking their own well being by having to enter the burning warehouse.

Watch this amazing video!

To watch more of Keith’s fire videos, check out his you tube channel

A Clever Parachute System For Multirotor Emergencies

Does Your Drone Need a Parachute System?

Probably not if you’re an FPV racer.  But if you tend to fly at higher altitudes, for inspections or for aerial photography shots, you might want to consider one to cut down the damage in an emergency situation.

This video shows some test runs of parachute deployments for hexacopters.

In the later part of the video, it shows the parachute deploying from the bottom of the drone rather than the top.  While you might expect the drone would fall into the chute and prevent it from opening, it actually doesn’t.  The bottom deployment is designed to intentionally keep the rotors from getting tangled in the parachute strings and really mucking up the opening during descent.

Drone Caught This Man On Giant 200 ft. Wind Turbine

What Was This Guy Thinking?

Kevin Miller was piloting his drone and had a look above a 200ft. tall wind turbine.  But he found a most unusual thing – a man was laying down on top of the windmill!  Was he taking a nap?  Sunbathing?  Meditating?

Whatever the case, the drone seems to have spooked the guy.

Becoming a wind turbine inspector is an in-demand job these days.  And judging from this video, seems like a low stress kind of a thing.

Watch this guy’s expression as the drone moves in for a closer look  

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Drones Caught These Flying Frenchy Lunatics

Terrifying Base Jump Launch From A Mid-Air Trapeze

A Parrot drone captured these guys doing some amazing stunts against one of nature’s most beautiful fjords.   Tancrede Melet, Anicet Leone & Arnaud Hiltzer are part of a group known as The Flying Frenchies who train for these kinds of incredibly insane stunts (don’t attempt this kids)!

This video is incredible, and the drone operator really got some amazing shots!

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Watch it here

For more info on the Flying Frenchies, check out their facebook page.

 

These Drones Actually Built A Working Rope Bridge [Watch]

Making Quadrocopter History One Knot At A Time

Swiss researchers have fitted 3 custom made quadcopter drones with spools of rope, and used them to build the first ever full scale rope bridge.  This moves drones forward one more step in the evolution of robotic and aerial construction.

A series of computational tools were developed for this project that allowed simulation, sequencing, and structural evaluation of the bridge even before it was built.  Hey, it won’t hold a truck, but just imagine the possibilities!

Watch these drones in action below!

Using quadrocopters and some rope, researchers have woven together a bridge strong enough to walk across. Made at the ETH Zurich Flying Machine Arena in Switzerland, the bridge joins two scaffolds, and is the first full-scale load-bearing structure autonomously built by flying machines. The feat represents one more step in the field of robotic aerial construction.Aerial Construction A collaboration between the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, 2015. The rope bridge is strong enough to walk across.

Except for the metal scaffolding at either end of the structure, the bridge itself consists exclusively of Dyneema rope, a tensile material with a low weight-to-strength ratio that makes it ideal for aerial construction. Weighing just 7 grams per meter, a 4 mm diameter Dyneema rope can sustain up to 1300 kg. The 7.4 m long bridge uses various rope techniques – knots, links and braids  – and has a total rope length of about 120 m.

How it works

The project was developed at the Flying Machine Arena, a research and demonstration platform for aerial robotics. The arena is equipped with a motion capture system that provides vehicle position and attitude measurements for the small custom quadrocopters. An offboard computer runs the algorithms and sends commands out to the flying machines via a customized wireless infrastructure.

Before construction begins, the location of the scaffolding is measured and input to the system. Once the anchor point locations for the rope are known, all the connections and links of the bridge’s primary and bracing sections are — without human intervention — autonomously woven and secured into place by the quadrocopters, which are each equipped with a motorized spool that allows them to control the tension of the rope.
A quadrocopter equipped with a motorized spool for rope deployment.
A quadrocopter equipped with a motorized spool for rope deployment.

A plastic tube guides the rope to a release point located between two propellers. The system estimates the external forces and torques exerted on the quadrocopter by the rope during deployment, and takes this into account in order to ensure that the quadrocopters behave as desired.

Credits

Aerial Construction is a collaboration between the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2015.

Researchers: Federico Augugliaro, Ammar Mirjan, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, and Raffaello D’Andrea.

Want to know more about this research project?  Check out their project websites:

Article and images thanks to to rbohub.org

Stamkos’s Hockey Puck vs. Target Drones [Video]

This Is Probably The Worst Fate For A Drone

As drone technology continues to advance at an incredibly fast pace, the cost of a drone is dramatically being reduced.  The 2 most obvious indicators for this are:

  1. Increased supply of drone materials flooding the market in response to demand.
  2. Hockey pucks.

Yes, hockey pucks.  Why else would Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos be using drones as target practice?  Maybe a longer length of string would have saved these little drones from their fate.

Hope he at least bought the drone’s owner a dinner after practice.

Watch below and let us know what you think!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=48&v=Lv2xsDTAckE

This Hands Free Camera Drone Hovers Like A Loyal Pup

Just Toss It Up And It Flies Itself

This is Lily, the first self-flying camera drone.  For those wanting to DIY their own action shots, this is about as hands off as it gets!  Just toss the drone in the air, it stabilizes, and then waits for your command like a well trained dog.

Lily will set you back $1,000 ($500 for pre-order launch by Feb 2016).   But rumor is that in a couple of years time, it will probably come down in price and size as development continues.

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Check out the video and article below

Henry Bradlow holds an RC controller and a horribly cracked Moto X, but he’s only gripping these devices in case something goes wrong with his demo. When Bradlow, the CTO and co-founder of Lily Robotics, gives the go sign, Nghia Ho, the company’s computer vision engineer, flings a drone straight up into the air. It rises, and then immediately begins to fall. For a split second, it appears as though this 3D-printed prototype with a camera attached is about to shatter into a thousand pieces. But just as the drone starts to descend, Lily’s four rotors flick on. The machine steadies itself in mid-air, then rises about twenty feet and hangs there, awaiting instructions.

Bradlow never once touched the controller, or his phone. That’s the whole point of Lily, the first product from Lily Robotics, a five-person company co-founded by a couple of recent Berkeley grads with funding from Silicon Valley heavy-hitters like Ron Conway. Lily is a self-flying drone that is always following you, following a certain set of commands. It follows a small circular tracker, which you can have in your pocket or on your boat. With one tap of the tracker, Lily can execute some nifty camera moves, all while staying focused on you. The camera inside, Bradlow says, is roughly equivalent to the GoPro Hero 3: It can shoot 1080p video, or 720p up to 120 frames per second—there’s some tech inside that will detect when you hit a jump while snowboarding and automatically kick the camera into slow-mo. It’ll also shoot 12-megapixel stills and it can make a cool 360-degree panorama. It can fly 25 miles per hour, is totally waterproof, lasts up to 20 minutes on a charge, and has range up to 100 feet. Bradlow says it could move faster and have more range, but the point isn’t to map agricultural landscapes—it’s to take pictures, or have the Lily chase you down the slopes while you carve some powder.

It’s a drone, sure, but mostly it’s a flying camera. And at $499 if you pre-order (or $999 after), it’s a pretty expensive one too. You can tweak the default settings using either the companion app or the small tracker, but you don’t have to know a thing to get it to work. You can’t take over the piloting if you want to—there is no manual mode.

It’s not the future of drones; it’s more like the future of the point-and-shoot.

https://youtu.be/4vGcH0Bk3hg

 

Article thanks to David Pierce at wired.com – click to continue reading about Lily

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