New UAV design to advance commercial applications

Hello DIY Drones, 

We've spent the past two years developing a new UAV design to advance commercial applications. In a nutshell, our design, The Vectorotor, pivots the rotors instead of shifting the frame to move: 
 
There are many applications for this design, but we believe our first push should be automating rope access work. Jobs like high rise window washing, inspection that involves physical contact, and high reach painting are performed with rope access workers. The maneuverability and precision brought on by this design make it much easier to develop these applications. Using drones to perform these tasks could drastically reduce costs, make the job safer, and in some cases faster. More can be seen in our press release: http://www.mirplatforms.com/news/mir-is-launching-a-new-uav-design-...
We currently have a flying prototype that we are testing with a customer and more on our journey can be seen here: http://www.mirplatforms.com/timeline/

We are a company that builds drone hardware and we are looking to partner with companies to develop applications. If you or anyone you know is interested please feel free to reach out to me! nikita@mirplatforms.com

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Comment by Vladimir Kvitnevskiy on April 24, 2018 at 5:54pm

Should that be "nikita@" instead of "niktia@"?

Comment by Nik on April 25, 2018 at 7:18am

You're right! Just made the edit, thanks

Comment by Andrew Murphy on April 25, 2018 at 9:57am

This is reminiscent of the Voliro hexacopter from ETH Zurich.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgd0i87r9-0

Does the Vectorrotor have the same range of motion or am I looking at it wrong and it's designed for a totally  different use case? 

Comment by Nik on April 25, 2018 at 10:40am

They have a great project. We are both aiming to be 6 DoF aircraft, but are achieving it in different ways. Our main difference from their project is having the propellers move with 2 DoF as seen here:

This may seem like a small difference, but it allows for some unique capabilities.  

Comment by Andrew Murphy on April 25, 2018 at 1:26pm

Ah I see, so if the body is tilted perpendicular to the ground you can still have all 8 motors oriented vertically. Well best of luck with the project, keep posting whenever you do some flights with a payload or something exciting. 

Comment by Nik on April 26, 2018 at 10:53am

Thanks, we have some exciting stuff planned and I'll keep DIYdrones posted 

Comment by Pascal Fust on April 29, 2018 at 11:25pm

Cool idea, however that pivoting 2 DoF arm seems a bit heavy to me. How much added weight will this bring to the vehicle? 

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