Pixhawk powered Star Wars Speeder Bike Quadcopter

Inspired by that wonderful scene in Return of the Jedi where Luke and Leia race through the trees of Endor using speeder bikes, there's a small group of enthusiasts who do the same thing using camera-equipped remote control drones. Like Adam Woodworth who decided to take his hobby one step further by building a quadcopter that looks exactly like a stormtrooper riding a speeder bike.

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on March 13, 2015 at 6:26pm

Most creative. Very well executed.



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Comment by Adam W on March 13, 2015 at 7:30pm

Thanks guys! This is me :) Make did a nice job with the article, this is certainly blowing up more than I ever expected.

Comment by Greg Dronsky on March 13, 2015 at 7:46pm

@Adam W - great job man! You have a great taste :). What flight time do you get?

Comment by Adam W on March 13, 2015 at 7:50pm

Thanks! Not particularly awesome flight times. Only around 3 minutes, but it's good enough to fly around making wooshing sounds. If I could cut another 100g out of it I think it would fly substantially better. The next build (for the Luke bike) I'm going to try a different power setup and see if I can get the weight down.

Comment by Adam W on March 13, 2015 at 7:53pm

I think I've got just enough room on the back to go up to the 8in prop without hitting the legs, so that would help too.

Comment by Quadzimodo on March 13, 2015 at 11:47pm
Adam - I went down to my local pet shop (national retail chain store) recently and found a new range of super mega ultra poxy Star Wars themed pet crap that claimed to be officially licensed. It would appear, based on this single observation, that Disney has a somewhat lower threshold for what they are prepared to licence.
The quality, cool factor and geek market appeal of your Speeder Bike design is undeniable. Perhaps it is worth your while reaching out to ascertain whether your creation could be officially licensed.
Commenters over at makezine have a point. Launched as a Kickstarter project, it would attract $100s of thousands of dollars worth of free press. Marketed intelligently and creatively, it could well attract millions worth of preorders.
Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on March 14, 2015 at 5:11am


Agree, Quadzimodo, things like this would be guaranteed Kickstarter millions-makers.

Comment by Julien Dubois on March 14, 2015 at 5:11am

Love it, well done!!!

Standard copter are so ugly, common and uninteresting... your design brings a real interest in flying it even if performances are less.

Comment by John Githens on March 14, 2015 at 8:07am

Fun! Must have been a bit of practice before risking your fine model work in flight... :-)  +1 for earlier comments.


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