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Makeadrone concepts

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Acrobatic serving tray The hexacopter serving tray can be used with or without the propeller protection. It was originally designed for the Digit 2015 conference in Trondheim, Norway. It can carry up to 1 kilo of payload and has a release mechanism underneath to carry and drop off goods mid-air. See it deliver a package or do a trick:  The stint was eventually picked up by Discovery Channel's Outrageous Acts Of Science and aired all over Canada and the US.  Delivering 800 gram apple watch (with release mechanism) on the stage at Girls and Technology conference in Trondheim, Norway Cake delivery...

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Megakopter - how we developed and build the record-setting drone

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We had this crazy idea at the University of Oslo... What if we just took a bunch of large RC motors, hooked them in hubs, got some powerful ESC´s and a flight controller. Could it be powerful enough to transport a human being safely?  Technical drawings. Thanks to Nodin innovations for design help. We started with looking at various motors. Big propellers are scary so we decided to keep the size down as much as we could. We estimated some 170 kilograms of lifting force would be needed in total (EU regulations are now limiting us to 150). After playing...

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The Megakopter - Behind the scenes of a record breaking drone

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Flying into the record booksAfter finally getting the license from the Norwegian Aviation Council, we got a deal with the Cutting Egde festival in Oslo to showcase the drone and try to break the record. Guinnes told us to lift at least 60 kilos to set the record. It sounded like an easy match, as the megacopter had easily lifted 70 kilos on tests. However, we learned the hard way that the location did indeed matter. For safety reasons and Murphy´s law worst case scenario, we decided to fly iside a pit, some 4 meters below the floor where the audience was...

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Quadcopter the Turtle: How to build

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Latest guide, norwegian language available for download in PDF.   Here are all the parts of the turtle kit. (Without RC control and charger)  Start by fastening the propeller protection in the end of the wooden arms. Tighten the ziptie as much as you can so the protection doesn´t slide off: Use a cutting plier to remove the excess ziptie: Repeat for all four arms: Now it´s time for assembling the motors. Only use the short screws. The parts inside the circle are made for special propellers. You can keep them just in case. First, screw the motor to the...

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