German Multicopter Lifts Human Pilot

Love the yoga ball as a soft landing device, can't believe the pilot trusted his life to an RC controller though and he never had covers for all those props which would have sliced him up like a blender if things went pear shaped.

Awesome stuff, just totally jealous as we are trying something similar and they flew first :-)



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  • Kitty Hawk 1903 - Karlsruhe 2011      :)

  • Moderator

    The thing that worries me about this, similar to Michael Krader's comment above, is how people can be harmed in attempting to beat these initial accomplishments.


    Don't get me wrong, this is wicked and I wish I was the one doing it, but over water at least (if that could help)

  • Batteries look like 2x 6S5800 SLS per motor (german distributor of lipos).

    What would concern me the most is vibrations of the long booms... In the video there are some moments I feared it would go into resonance...

    Let´s see where this goes... As long as flying times are counted in minutes these platforms will be interesting experiments.

    And it should be said to everyone thinking of doing the same: This is not a toy! You need some luck to not get injured.

  • as to trust and safety, i wonder what it was like when the wright brothers laid down next to a running engine with open props with chains.

  • Nice work! According to the website the software was developed in house by a team member.

    A close up of the motor/esc.

  • 100KM

    Awesome !  Son't know what else to say !  And it looks like such a simple construction.  Just rc motors with props and lots of them.  Did he use the arducopter brain ?

  • Wow.

    It appears they're in Karlsruhe. Warthox lives an hours drive away in Freiburg  .... just thinking him being in control of this thing.

  • You can download high res pics in the Press tab of their web.
    @John: as Knuckles904 stated this design really looks quite off the shelf, but looking around the web and the CV of the team, I dont' think they are using an off the shelf controller, and even less motors in parallel config.

    But hey, maybe you were just kidding ;)

  • Developer

    Looking at the pictures on the HP I would guess Hacker motors and HobbyKing CF propellers (Mejzlik clones). ESC's are almost impossible to see but maybe Castle Creations HV controllers judging by the shape.

    There are four arms with 4 motors on each arm (16 motors total). I would not be surprised if the controller is a standard KK controller in a quad setup (4 motors controlled in parallel as one on each arm).

  • Moderator

    They are going to be everywhere now....

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