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Bart Theys commented on Hugues's blog post 3" sub 250 Arducopter microdrone - 28 minutes flight time !
"That's amazing! Nice build! Are you going to sell them? "
Jan 17
Bart Theys commented on Echo G's blog post Thinking about designing multirotors to optimizing flight time
"the efficiency of your propeller will not change if you take another motor, it will be the motor + ESC combination that will not have the same efficiency depending on the esc+mot+propeller combination. Propeller efficiency in hover is characterized…"
Oct 10, 2019
Bart Theys commented on Charles Blouin's blog post Crowfunding Update, Four Years Later
"Nice overview and indeed quite some companies who are still around. Also check "Quadshot" on kickstarter, now "transition robotics" and ComQuest Ventures Vertex, to name some."
Aug 28, 2019

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Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I'm an mechanical/aeronautical engineer doing a PhD at KU Leuven about optimization of multirotors for high speed and long range for the purpose of automatic package delivery.

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Meet CargoCopter: our latest generation of high-speed, long-range drones

Posted on May 29, 2017 at 3:00pm 15 Comments

At KU Leuven we have been developing a new generation of drones to double the speed and range of conventional multi-rotor drones.

For quite some years already, multi-rotor drones are the preferred type of drone for typically applications…


Which one has the highest range: VTOL, helicopter, multi-rotor (or flying squirrel?)

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 8:00am 13 Comments

With the increasing interest in the use of multi-rotor UAVs for long range applications such as pipeline inspection, large-area mapping, transporting packages or even people, the question arises: “how far can they fly?”.  

In this post I’ll present a theoretical approach, an experiment and a conclusion to answer this question. Let’s start with some basic theory that can be used for all flying things. The distance d that a UAV can cover, flying at a constant…


VertiKUL 2: our second generation of transitioning VTOL UAV for automated aerial transport

Posted on September 25, 2015 at 8:30am 9 Comments

At the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) we are working hard on improving performance of multi-rotor UAVs in terms of flight speed, endurance and possible payload, with the application of automated aerial transportation in mind. Our approach is to add wings to…


Design of a multi-rotor VTOL UAV and docking station for automated aerial transport

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 7:00am 64 Comments

Last academic year at KU Leuven, we designed, built and test flown a VTOL UAV: the VertiKul. During this project we gratefully made use of the info and support of the DIY Drones community and therefore we would like to share our results on this project.

The VertiKul is designed for automated aerial transport of small packages and is optimized for maximum…


Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 3:10am on March 26, 2015, Jerome Need said…

Hallo Bart,

Zit nu in het buitenland. Volgende week neem ik weer contact op.


At 6:53am on August 30, 2015, Karl Busenknecht said…

Hi Bart,

Do you have the Firmware compiled Online? Couldn't compile what you guys put on Github

At 3:48am on March 7, 2016, Stéphane said…

Hi Bart, yes we want to deliver medicines in Madagascar before the end of the year here is my Email address: - skype: stephane.bihr


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