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Yeah I suppose the same 18 motors could not do the same job that way since there would have to be more weight added. These have the rotors right on the end of the drive shafts.

These will probably be getting some guns attached and used as drones soon though. I've heard of a bunch of electric powered drones in development or testing lately. There was one that is hoped even be able to go under water and in the air.

that would be really really cool if it could. i would hate to be the designer for the ballast system for bouyancy tho. i would think a pusher config would be easier to do the water/air thing

EDIT: i know one thing, as stable a platform as this is I would hate to be on the receiving end of one fitted with pivoting IR guns.
not even a sound to warn you, just ...zwwhip zzwhip zzwhip and everyones on the ground biggrin.gif

Crud forgot the name of the company making this thing...I will need to dig through my reports. It was one that was talking about going public I've been watching it.

Yeah...nearly no sound. Though even the current drones with internal combustion engines are nearly silent.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 11/22/13 at 1:15pm
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being private i'm guessing they are pretty tight-lipped about their tech.
Sandia labs' idea of the same seems kind of wasteful:

EDIT: and after thinking about it, isn't it even easier to shoot a lil rover on the ground than one in the sky?
i can't imagine a scenario where this idea would work/be useful/not fail/be a good idea.
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being private i'm guessing they are pretty tight-lipped about their tech.
Sandia labs' idea of the same seems kind of wasteful:

Heh I haven't seen that before..yeah that is kind of waste full. I'll see if I can find that thing. I might only have it in a paper report. This thing uses the battery power to heat water to propel it under water very slowly and if you got it to the surface it could do a vertical takeoff . It was just a little UAV though. I remember thinking the coolest thing about it was that the support frame of it was the battery. My google fu can't seem to find it right now though. Supposedly they had a prototype earlier this year.
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I wonder what the running costs of something like this are. If I remember correctly, ICE-based helicopters eat up a ton of fuel, which makes them cost thousands of dollars an hour to run. If these things can be made to hold a few people, they might be economical for search and rescue.
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