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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Comment by I.S. on November 1, 2011 at 3:38am

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 ;)

Comment by OpticalFlow on November 1, 2011 at 4:30am


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

Comment by u4eake on November 1, 2011 at 5:29am

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 ?

Comment by Brent on November 1, 2011 at 7:23am

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

A close up of the motor/esc.

Comment by Michael Krader on November 1, 2011 at 10:15am

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.

Comment by MarcS on November 1, 2011 at 12:00pm

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.

Comment by Grips on November 1, 2011 at 1:02pm

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)

Comment by Andrew Depalma on November 1, 2011 at 1:33pm

Kitty Hawk 1903 - Karlsruhe 2011      :)

Comment by Ellison Chan on November 1, 2011 at 1:41pm

Hold mackerel!

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on November 1, 2011 at 1:48pm

The dilemma is that if the pioneers of the early airplanes and helicopters and cars and so on had todays modern view on safety, they would get nowhere. If you look at old footage from early days and the golden age of airplanes they where all raving lunatics with a death wish by todays standards.


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