OMG. Turbine-powered quadcopter test flight -- next to a road. Love the car that pulls up to gawk at the end

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Comment by ausdroid on November 18, 2014 at 5:58pm

Awesome. Yes, there is so much that's wrong about this situation but, for once, let's ignore the obvious safety issues and celebrate the brilliance of amateur development. Even if the gas turbine is 50% efficient and the  genset is 75% efficient, he is still gaining 10 times the energy density/mass using fuel instead of LiPos. That's 10 times the flight time, so 15 minutes becomes two and a half hours. Brilliant!

Comment by Ben Dellar on November 18, 2014 at 6:12pm

Love the testing location also. Interesting given the other quite complex safety precautions (tether on a gimbal looking thing) and all. I am guessing they walked straight out the front of the office and decided to test there to make it easy.

Comment by Marc Ramsey on November 18, 2014 at 6:21pm

According to his website that's a turbojet in the center, not a turboshaft driving a genset.  The (battery powered?) propellors are for attitude control only.  This is a subscale prototype, the real thing is supposed carry a pilot, use six turbojets for attitude control, and a large central one for lift.  Sounds like it will be a scary ride.

Comment by Phil Gordon on November 18, 2014 at 8:43pm

I love the mad professors,without them we`d probably still walking around instead of flying,driving etc.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 18, 2014 at 11:32pm

Wallace finally gets into unmanned aviation

Comment by Martin on November 19, 2014 at 9:32am

Cracking toast Gromit.

Comment by Crashpilot1000 on November 19, 2014 at 11:23am

The Stig is testing Multirotors now!

Comment by Stone1295 on November 19, 2014 at 1:00pm

According to the website they're looking at having a max payload of 250lbs and a flight duration of 2 minutes. :)


Comment by Eddie Weeks on November 19, 2014 at 2:01pm

Its was done in 2007 and only flew for 6 min... Burned 1lb of fuel per min...

Not an efficient idea

Comment by Jake Devlin on November 20, 2014 at 2:27am

Looks safe and completely not crazy! haha


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