Spherical Drone developed by Japan Ministry of Defense

Japan's Ministry of Defense released 2 days ago their spherical drone: 350 grams, 8 minutes fly time.

Pretty impressive. Drawing board anyone?

 

 

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Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on October 25, 2011 at 3:04pm
Impressed,,
Comment by Dimitri on October 25, 2011 at 3:18pm

Omg, this thing it's beautifull


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 25, 2011 at 3:28pm

I had a crack at that not such a good job mind

 

Comment by IKE on October 25, 2011 at 3:53pm

I have made a post about it a while ago: http://www.diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/the-flying-ball

Comment by Hasufel on October 25, 2011 at 4:12pm

IKE, your video is no more available :)

Comment by Jack Crossfire on October 25, 2011 at 6:28pm

Can't wait for the world's 1st flying octogon to be released again.

Comment by Daniel Hibben on October 25, 2011 at 6:40pm

you could build a small spherical frame and then put the control system out of the new horizon hobby umx hyper taxi, this new system fly's just like this sphere, but looks like a pyramid http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=EFLU4780 i have seen videos of it fly it does all the same stuff as this thing can and probably more it has a new flight stabilizing system called AS3X and its only 168.00$

just a thought on how to replicate it on the cheap because the sphere is way cooler

Comment by IKE on October 25, 2011 at 6:55pm

Here is the video from the old post :

 

Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on October 25, 2011 at 10:39pm
Im half tempted to have a go at one of those... Now where's that spare Jani motor and 10x4.5???

Quads are So last year :)

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 26, 2011 at 1:13am

There is lots of magic to the Japanese one getting any shape that's light to hover is actually pretty easy.  That Japanese one sorts itself out in pitch very well and contains yaw well with that double set of control vanes.

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