Local Motors Airbus Cargo Drone-1st Test Flight

Not really much to say, just read the report.

https://launchforth.io/localmotors/airbus-cargo-drone-build/discuss...

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Comment by Marc Dornan on November 4, 2016 at 2:00pm
Oh dear. How can you be having COG issues with an empty cargo drone prototype? Is that not just a very basic hurdle. I seem to recall this was mentioned in previous postings. So Airbus engineere are going to build this thing when these guys are done?
Comment by Marc Dornan on November 4, 2016 at 2:02pm
Maybe the AFC (Anderson Flight Controller) should be replaced with a Pix2 running Ardupilot!!!
Comment by Marc Dornan on November 4, 2016 at 2:04pm
Clearly Hal 9000, I mean Global Innovator, needs to be added to the engineering team.
Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 5, 2016 at 6:02am

So what happened to the smaller test-bed?  Did they ever get that flying?

Comment by Patrick Poirier on November 5, 2016 at 6:53am

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In May 2015, Airbus Group announced a plan to establish its Silicon Valley operations with a fully independent venture capital fund and an innovation center branded A3. With an initial capital of $150 million, Airbus Ventures's main mission is to identify and invest in the most visionary entrepreneurs in the global aerospace ecosystem.   

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Comment by Patrick Poirier on November 5, 2016 at 7:54am

Actually I feel sorry for these kids, they are a long way from the big leagues and I cant see how they will make it work without a good experienced team.  Chris got involved in this project a few weeks ago, helping them connecting the motors and stuff, but basically this is not helping them making this design airworthy.

And the and the expected help from ''the community'' has yet to come, and this situation is somehow uncomfortable for most of us. We are always willing to help, but it requires two steps :  First, someone's has to ask and Second, be opened minded to suggestions, like discarding the winner and replacing with the second place...

Comment by Andrew Murphy on November 5, 2016 at 10:38am

I don't think this is a bunch of kids giving it there first shot straight out of school, the manufacturer (PACI?) seems like it's been around for a couple of years. I'm just really puzzled about their build and test process.

Comment by HyperGuy on November 5, 2016 at 3:58pm

OK looks like the truth about this design is finally coming to the surface. What a relief. So when it finally gets scrapped and the next feasible design gets built instead, will the successful design finally get the prize money it deserves?

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 5, 2016 at 5:21pm

Patrick, I think the reason why the community isn't helping, is because the jig is up.


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Comment by John Arne Birkeland on November 5, 2016 at 7:24pm

Look at this picture, and consider there is a big pusher motor stuck at the end of the tail. Even without the motor, how could it be anything but tail heavy? Any experienced RC modeller would take one look at walk away.

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