3vi1
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2010-02-20T20:31:36Z

From various boards, I gather that these are big in Europe.  I looked at pricing, but it looks like it cost over a grand to even start getting anything decent.  So, I'll stick with model rockets for now.  Still, the speed and lifting capabilities are amazing.

The "fly-by-GPS" thing this guy did is super-cool.

[View:http://vimeo.com/6194911]

Inspector
2010-02-20T20:45:38Z

I've seen something like this before but for got where. That things is awesome! it can carry a full bottle of soda!

RyuGTX
2010-02-21T02:24:16Z

Did not expect it to have great maneuverability. That is one awesome flying machine. How much do these things cost?

Soupstyle
2010-02-21T11:34:00Z

holy crap that thing is fast, i totally didnt expect that.

I could totally see that being used as a portable UVA, especially in groups of UVAs for a wide surveillance net, and it could even transport items or other stuff. the GPS controls means it could be pretty much 100% computer controlled if needed.

mentaldisorder
2010-02-21T12:33:55Z

That is pretty insane.  Imagine that at a full scale size.  It would be massive, and then imagine seeing that thing lift off.

Super Dave
2010-02-21T20:43:13Z

mentaldisorder wrote:

Imagine that at a full scale size.

Now that's a great idea, and it wouldn't even need to be manned! Just mount a missle and a camera on it (like the Predator) and let it hover above Osama Bin-Laden's suspected hideout in Pakistan. Then, when he steps outside to fire-up his crack pipe, SMOKE HIM!

Inspector
2010-02-21T21:03:22Z

LOL on that scale the sound would alert him 😃 (it is very loud from that video :D)

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2010-02-21T21:15:29Z

Heheh... that's the first thing that came to my mind when people mentioned full scale too.  Choppers are loud.  Imagine being surrounded by six of them.

Still... scale it up to 4x the size, and then hover it high enough to not be heard with a bomb just the right size to leave a smoking camel-sized hole....

Soupstyle
2010-02-21T22:09:15Z

Scaled up, the blades would be much bigger and not have to rotate as fast, making less noise.

Plus, as you said, a higher altitude limit would put it out of audible range (or at least to that of background noise).

RyuGTX
2010-02-22T13:50:41Z

Might not be as cost effective as some of those UAVs out there. I saw one on TV where it was really simple to the point that it was easily carried in a backpack and assembled very quickly. Just something simple a soldier could use to scout with; no weapons on it.

Inspector
2010-02-22T18:16:57Z

but does it carry a coke for when your thirsty? 😃 lol

Maybe they can make this portable and use it for the same purpose while it can carry a small handgun or something :D

gibbersome
2010-02-23T14:20:44Z

Inspector wrote:

but does it carry a coke for when your thirsty? 😃 lol

Maybe they can make this portable and use it for the same purpose while it can carry a small handgun or something :D

 

Wow, suddenly the diet coke and mentos trick doesn't seem so special anymore... I don't see this design being implemented in the military though, a full-scale hexacopter would be to huge to handle.

 

 

realneil
2010-02-23T16:11:24Z

There is a way to use composites to baffle the sound and new rotor technology makes it even quieter.

I can see military applications here for sure. An extremely tiny battlefield Nuke carried at high speed into a nest of nasty people, then BOOM!       Lights-Out!

rapid1
2010-02-23T16:36:34Z

Good point realneil, the props and engines on this thing are nowhere near military quality. They are probably large props for a plane, but assembled in the hexa layout. With military grade propellers and engine a device like that could move fast for long distances carrying a payload. Not to mention for "Minority reports" surveillance etc.

Inspector
2010-02-23T17:17:27Z

But how do we know if the military doesn't already have something way more advance then this already :D

which im sure they do.