I tried to do something different this time: land a quad on a moving car.

After 2 unsuccessful attempts (crashes), the quadcopter finally did a smooth landing on the roof of the moving car.


The RC quad was controlled from the inside of the car using a 7" monitor (480x234 pixels) for FPV. Video was transmitted directly from the onboard GoPro2. A GoPro3 was mounted on the top of the car.


The quadcopter used a simple Multiwii controller board with acc + gyro. The PIDs weren´t tuned so the flight wasn´t very stable.


WARNING: this was recorded on a closed course without other vehicles or pedestrians.

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Comment by John on December 22, 2013 at 11:09pm
Very cool but it seems like there should be a way to do an auto landing on the car by using a follow me box and arducopter. Wonder if anyone's tried that.
Comment by Paul Jenness on December 23, 2013 at 12:19am

What about a system like air craft carriers.

Put like a semi tight cargo net across the roof racks of the car.

Then have a hook on each foot of the copter instead of the foam.

You can then pretty much just get above the car and drop the throttle. It should land and catch at least  1-2 of the legs. The net will reduce a heavy impact with roof too.


Comment by Paul Jenness on December 23, 2013 at 12:20am

Regarding follow me...could you use a second GPS compass in MP and set that as a dynamic home? So it continually tries to update its home location?

Comment by Harry on December 23, 2013 at 12:50am

You do that on my car and there will be trouble. :)

Comment by Jesse on December 23, 2013 at 1:00am

Looked like it crashed onto the car as it hit the antenna, as opposed to a "soft" landing. But it did make it safely!

Comment by Morli on December 23, 2013 at 2:21am

Agreed ,  Quad and Car antennas don't  go along :). Last landing was soft  enough for moving platform.

No need for net and hook , just  tie nylon or fishing lines across two roof rails one feet spaced. say 4 or 5 of those should cover the roof length. When Quad drops, the leg/s get caught/hooked to the line and  you are fine when applying break to the car too.

Cheers & Good luck ( don't drop the quad too hard on the car , repairing the roof dent would be more expensive.)

Comment by Bernardo M. A. on December 23, 2013 at 2:26am

Hahhahaah nice idea of the aircraft carrier Paul

Harry, the first landing cost me a scratch on the roof because the aluminum boom hit it =/

Jesse, that´s right. On the 2 first landings, the propellers hit the antenna so I lost lift and I crashed.

Comment by Bernardo M. A. on December 23, 2013 at 2:33am

That´s nice too Morli! Could even try it with a plane hhehehe

I had to put the antenna upright because if it was on the most horizontal position, it would be closer to the quad, at the level of the props, so no good

Comment by Paul Jenness on December 23, 2013 at 4:28am


Regarding the net idea, the reason I though a net is, it both give much more catch loops, and also if its high enuf off the roof (compared to the feet) it may avoid some paint scratching contact, or cushion a rough impact.

But yeah...fun video.


Comment by craig on December 23, 2013 at 5:41pm



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