Meet Megacopter: King of the Heavy Lift Drones!

Megacopter holds the world record for heaviest payload lifted by a remote controlled multicopter

Megacopter Sets Guinness World Record for Heaviest Payload Lifted By A Remote-Controlled Multicopter

Hey Drone Buffs!

How much can a hobby drone lift?

You might be aware of the Hobbyking annual beer lift competition, where UAV pilots are tinkering and modifying their heavy lift drones to out-lift the competition.

Watch the HobbyKing winners

Well a group of students has taken the heavy lift drones concept literally to a “whole new level”.

megacopter heavy lift drone team wins world record for heaviest unmanned drone lift

Students from the University of Oslo in Norway have built “Megacopter,” and this big boy just earned the Guinness World record for lifting a whopping 61 Kg (134 lb, 7.6 oz)!

The payload does not include the weight of the craft itself.

Megacopter Facts:

  • Contains 8 hexa-copters (that’s 48 motors/rotors)!
  • Frame constructed of plywood and aluminum.
  • Megacopter took 18 months to build.
  • The rotors are variable speed via wireless remote-control
  • The records was set in Oslo Science Park, in Oslo, Norway

Watch the Megacopter Lift, and share what you think!

Yeah But…

Per Guinness rules for unmanned multirotors, the lowest pat of payload has to be lifted to a height over 1 meter (3ft-3 in) for at least 30 seconds to be counted as “lifted.”

Megacopter’s lift was actually 37 seconds.

In the Hobbyking realm, the rules are less stringent because the payload only has to be lifted for 10 seconds.

In concept, Megacopter was similarly constructed like Alexandru Duru’s hoverboard.  But since his hoverboard was manned, Guinness records has a separate title for that record.

The Possibilities

For those involved in search and rescue ops, being able to search a large area with small drones, and pick up a 100+ kg person by remote is an epic change from the way things are done now.  Megacopter shows the possibilities of making something like this happen for real.

Congrats to the students, and keep the technology moving forward!

Other Top Posts:

photos via

Avoid Scams: FAA UAV Regulations Will Be Easy To Register

FAA UAV regulations

FAA Says Drone Registration Will Be Kept Simple

FAA UAV Regulations Update:  The US government task force in charge of regulating small UAV’s will release plans later this week for drone registration in the United States.

Meanwhile, 3rd party websites are already advertising they will register your hobby drone on your behalf for $25 fee.

In response, the FAA cautions drone owners about using 3rd party drone registration companies, because the process will be no more difficult than registering any other product.

Read the AP article below

The government says requirements to register drones will be simple enough that owners will not need to pay a “drone registration” company to do it for them. Some websites are advertising that they will register a drone for a $25 fee. The Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday that drone owners should “think twice” before using a registration company, since the process will be no more difficult than registering any other product. The government plans to require that most owners register drones so that they can be identified if they crash or are caught flying where they should not. A government task force is expected to release plans this week on registration.

article via

image source

See How MIT’s Small Drone Can Steer By Itself

Small Drone Autonomously Dodges Obstacles At 30 MPH

There are phones, and there are smart phones.

In the drone world, we’re currently in the “dumb” drone phase of technology, since drones have a habit of crashing into things.  In fact one can find a plethora of drone fail videos out there.

But if we want light-weight drones that can navigate the real world and fly quickly, then faster and better algorithms are needed.  The problem is that current sensor technology – like laser-shooting “lidar” sensors – are too heavy for small UAV aircraft.  Also, many of the current obstacle detection systems rely on an external motion-capture apparatus rather than and on-board system.

Adam Bary, a MIT student has developed a solution to this problem.  He wrote an algorithm that uses stereo vision camera sensors to detect objects up to 33 feet away, and can support 30 MPH flight speeds.

It’s simple enough to be replicated by experienced DIY drone builders, and can be build inexpensively with off-the shelf components.  In fact, his algorithm is open-source.

The test flight below shows how the UAV detects objects in red, and then maneuvers to evade a dangerous crash.

Watch the test flight, and let us know what you think!

Barry hopes to continue working on the algorithm to make the drone more robust in computing and versatile in various environments.

“As hardware advances allow for more complex computation, we will be able to search at multiple depths and therefore check and correct our estimates,” Barry says. “This lets us make our algorithms more aggressive, even in environments with larger numbers of obstacles.”

Other Top Posts:

To read more about Adam Barry’s research, you can read his 6-page research paper.

Article via

You’ve Probably Never Seen Istanbul Like This

Incredible Aerial View of Istanbul From A Drone

Istanbul is the 5th most visited city in the world today, with over 12 million visitors in 2015.  But how many have seen it like this?  These are some incredible views, shot with a DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter.

See if you can spot these famous landmarks in the video below.

1. The Hagia Sophia Museum was originally built as a church in the 6th century by the Justinian the Great.  It was once used as a mosque, but now is a museum.


2.  The Bosphrus waterway is one of the busiest in the world.  It’s the only route between the oil-rich Black Sea and the Mediterranean.  Over 200 million tons of oil are shipped through this channel each year.


3.  Maiden’s Tower  is located at the south entrance of the Bosphorus waterway, and has a history dating back to ancient times.  It was used as a strategic defense tower, watch tower, lighthouse, barracks, and quarantine station. In modern times, it was used in the 1998 James Bond movie “The World Is Not Enough”.  Now, it’s a popular restaurant.



Can you spot these landmarks in this video?

Special thanks to Adem Duvan for this awesome video – see his you tube channel for more cool videos.

Other Top Posts:

image 1 source: “Turkey-3019 – Hagia Sophia (2216460729)” by Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada – Turkey-3019 – Hagia SophiaUploaded by russavia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons.

Image 2 source: “Ships under Second Bosphorus Bridge (September 2011)” by TariqabjotuOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

Image 3 source: “Maidens Tower“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons.

FPV Drone Explores A Spooky 18th Century Paper Mill

An Epic FPV Tour Of The Danescombe Valley Paper Mill

This is the Danescombe Valley paper mill, located in Calstock, Cornwall (UK).  It was operational in 1788 until it was abandoned in 1857 when a larger mill was constructed in the same area.  The mill actually made coarse brown paper, adhesive paste, and millboard.  In those days, these were used to help pack and protect soft fruits during shipping.


This place is pretty amazing in the daytime, but wouldn’t want to be caught here during the night!


This is the perfect place to explore with a drone, and the operator did it without breaking any rotors that day!

Enjoy this video, and share with a history buff!