Congrats to Marco Robustini and his team/colleagues for a fantastic first Ferrara Drone Show, in the lovely northern Italian town of Ferrara (between Bologna and Venice). Most of the drones on display were using Pixhawk or another APM derivative such as the VR Brain, with the exception of one older (2012) design that was still using a DJI Wookong, but is in the process of upgrading to Pixhawk. Very good attendance and about 40-50 companies on display. Unfortunately no flying outside, due to the very tough Italian regulations, but there was a fun FPV racing arena inside that was packed.

Here are a few pictures from the event (above, a quad designed to take off and land in water):

Could this be any more SciFi? (huge long duration quad)

Marco has a company! Still working on that whole copter != plane naming thing ;-)

Gorgeous design from Carbon Drone, who include designers from an Italian Formula One car team

Inside: Pixhawk-powered, of course!

The legs remove with this really neat twist-and-click mechanism. Many of the hardware bits come from racing cars.

This amazing Pixhawk-powered copter is designed to drop wasp eggs on crops, to kill pests. 

Here's a video where I try to explain how it works

Here's a description in Italian of how it works. Rough translation: bad moths eat corn. Wasps kill moths. Must drop wasp eggs every 10m in corn, but only when corn is tall. How to do that without damaging corn? Drones! 

Italian colors on display!

VirtualRobotix has a cool new little 250-size copter with the micro VR Brain

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Comment by Gary McCray on March 28, 2015 at 6:11pm

Great Pics Chris, Thank You.

Italian design definitely present.

Like the looks of VR's little 250 a lot, can't afford most of the rest of that super fancy looking carbon fiber.

That parasitic wasp dropper is a great idea, I think here too for the vineyards for the grape leaf hopper.

I think leaf hopper damage shows pretty well on NIR then send out the wasp dropper maybe.

Was Roberto there?

Too bad that just when we are really starting to see some interesting copters is also  when so many countries are making it really hard or impossible to use them.

Maybe the new Euro guidelines will help.

Comment by Dave Giles on March 28, 2015 at 7:22pm

Thanks Chris. Hope you are having a wonderful time!

Ferrara Drone Show (Google translation)

Comment by Tom Mahood on March 28, 2015 at 7:57pm

(Italian Design) + (Drones) = Amazing!

Comment by Randy on March 29, 2015 at 7:53am

Go team Italy!

Yeah, really love the designs!  The Carbon Drone is particularly sleek.

Comment by Marco Robustini on March 29, 2015 at 3:06pm

Thanks dear Chris, for everything!
I saw very excited when you tried my custom "Devilray", thanks again for your participation, now the press here talking about you.

Bests, Marco

Comment by Antonio Vigoni on March 29, 2015 at 3:08pm

Thank's Chris for sharing

Comment by Waladi on March 29, 2015 at 7:30pm

Hi Marco,

Really sexy quad you got there... congrad..

Do you mind to share little sexy features that she had?

Weight? Flight Time? Battery? Payload? and finally Availability ?

Comment by Danilo Scarato on March 29, 2015 at 11:12pm

Chris while piloting whit Marco Robustini at Ferrara Drone Show arena

Comment by emile on March 30, 2015 at 4:47am

Thanks for coming Chris! It was a pleasure to meet you in person, finally after all these years.


Comment by Todd Harper on March 30, 2015 at 6:36am

Thanks for sharing Chris and congrats Marco on a successful event!


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