kfong wrote:Too funny, been wondering when someone would put together a muti-copter setup big enough to carry more than cameras. Surprised they didn't use just the open source adruino drone software instead of starting from scratch. I would of designed it so the person sits below all that spinning mass. It would also make it easier to fly since the CG would not be top heavy.
I was thinking along the same lines when I was watching the video, but reading the website, they did have a design goal for doing it this way.
In difference to other helicopters or multi-rotors, e-volo can use a safety parachute, as there are no propellers blocking the deployment area above.
Also, I was thinking you would have to have a cage around you to protect you from having the whole thing come crashing down on you in case of an emergency, which would add more weight. But I guess if I was going to be a safety pansy about it, I would probably want a cage around me even if I was sitting on top.
Maybe at least a roll cage?
I don't know that much about the physics of props, but would there be a difference in effectiveness if the props were pushing
up from under the support beams rather than pulling
up from on top of the beams? That might give a little more distance, different plane, between the operator and the props.