It's the latest Electric Tethered Observation Platform from Israel Aerospace Industries, photographed at the Paris Air Show, according to km2804.

 

Basically a long camera boom, as shown in this earlier concept image:

 

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Comment by Gerard Valade on June 21, 2011 at 8:59pm

And this is a human version

Comment by d-creator on June 21, 2011 at 9:46pm
as far as I rememder the prototypes payload was incredible!!!! 20 kg!!!
Comment by Coptaire on June 21, 2011 at 10:07pm

A big AR.drone, pretty.

Shrouding is more than trendy, it is efficient (payload) and secure. Tough in this version, the rather straight shroud wall is not birnging much added thrust. The 160x160 centimeters size means large triblades, producing 5kgf each.


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Comment by Randy on June 22, 2011 at 1:05am
Someone asked me a while ago, why don't we have quad's big enough to put people into?  The only thing I could think of is that they take a lot of space and they don't crash nicely like planes and (regular) helicopters.  Anybody have any other good reasons?
Comment by Coptaire on June 22, 2011 at 2:33am

They do exist today, can cite 2:

 

MARTIN jetpack: A personal bi ducted fan (reached 5000ft in May 2011 unmanned, before assessing the overall security, parachute equipped).

 

MOLLER SkyCar and Jetson quad ducted fan


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 22, 2011 at 3:23am
Other than altitude, it does make you wonder what it can achieve over a very long portable mast. I don't think it can fly free as it has no onboard power source. The earlier version looked very agricultural will try and find a pic.
Comment by Dror Caspi on June 22, 2011 at 8:25am
You said it, altitude.  I would assume a mask of a similar height would be much heavier and would take longer to deploy.
Comment by Mathew krawczun on June 22, 2011 at 8:47am
 

@Randy

there was also a design for a flying cart that was basically a quad like in design and a few human powered helicopters but not much else. You hit the reason on the head when you pointed out the safety problem. All engines fail while in flight at some point which is why aircraft don't get very far in manned aircraft design.

 

@Gary mortimer

Speed of deployment and the ability to be deployed while the cars is moving are the really the only other small advantages. So too me this idea seems best suited for on the move front line duty where you don't want to be bothered with batteries. But if you ask me I’d take a tether less UAV over this any day myself.


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Comment by Rory Paul on June 22, 2011 at 10:12am

Just remember to winch it in before you go under the power lines...

 

Comment by Brent on June 22, 2011 at 11:29am
 Someone asked me a while ago, why don't we have quad's big enough to put people into?  The only thing I could think of is that they take a lot of space and they don't crash nicely like planes and (regular) helicopters.  Anybody have any other good reasons?

The manned quad was built and flown in the 50's if you can believe it. What can be done with today's technology and simple controllers?

 

http://www.aviastar.org/helicopters_eng/curtiss_vz-7.php

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