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

Posted by Henning Pedersen at

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

Posted by Henning Pedersen at

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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