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Copter in every garage

2015-12-01 17:04:16.418672+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Related to my thinking about the Hovertrax, I recently saw another video about some flight testing with the Volocopter and realized that the limit right now there with n-copters is with batteries.

But clearly the Shenzen factories can turn out cheap brushless motors, control systems that can manage the failure of multiple motors or rotors are open source and run on Arduinos, there's far less in the way of mechanical linkages to worry about in n-copters vs a traditional helicopter.

How long before someone takes something like a Solar T62 gas turbine (as used in the Helicycle, and as an APU in various aircraft and fixed applications), hooks that to generator, puts enough battery or supercapacitor in the middle to smooth out load vs demand, and starts turning out $25k 2 seater n-copters?

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#Comment Re: Copter in every garage made: 2015-12-01 17:36:39.902973+00 by: Larry Burton

Just pull the guts out of a plug in hybrid and attach that to an n-copter.

#Comment Re: Copter in every garage made: 2015-12-03 17:03:47.230877+00 by: Dan Lyke

On the other hand, maybe we shouldn't be using lithium-ion or li-po batteries for these things....

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