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2022-01-20 6:33:00 PM  
Not ready for the public, need more R&D.
 
2022-01-20 6:39:41 PM  
Yep.  It's in development, so I don't expect to see them in use any time soon, but I'm glad that someone is working on this sort of technology.
 
2022-01-20 6:42:21 PM  
A quadcopter cannot fly with three motors/propellers unless you introduce spin to counteract torque from the motors. Note that if a person is on that copter, that spin isn't achievable. Even a controlled crash landing is on the outside of what you can do. Why anyone would test this is beyond me.

If you're going to put a person on it, do it like this guy and increase your chances in case there's a failure:

The Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone Flying
Youtube t5JgnMJzCtQ


At the very least, increase the number of lift units to six or eight so you have some control if one unit fails.
 
2022-01-20 7:36:50 PM  
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2022-01-20 8:44:11 PM  
Gee, the flying cuisinart isn't safe. Whooda thunk it.
 
2022-01-20 9:13:36 PM  

Floor Man: Not ready for the public, need more R&D.


The article is two years old so maybe the R&D has been done.
 
2022-01-20 9:36:15 PM  
i'll bet it was full of eels and nobody noticed before takeoff.
 
2022-01-20 9:55:49 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: Floor Man: Not ready for the public, need more R&D.

The article is two years old so maybe the R&D has been done.


That seems to be the most recent video available, so maybe they still haven't found a working barometer.
 
2022-01-21 12:35:19 AM  
Russian-based company

Of course.
 
2022-01-21 1:11:59 AM  
Ehh, that's about how I feel about the groundlings. I drive around in a truck on remote Texas roads at the 75 mph speed limit, and then pass a truck doing 75 mph the other way. The combined wake ripples my hood.

Seriously, take a trip off the interstate on the state roads and see what happens when everyone concentrated on the cities.
 
2022-01-21 1:13:35 AM  
Safety is our main concern, after it crashes
 
2022-01-21 1:49:45 AM  
No redundancy? The damn things--gyro, baro, compass, accelerometer, are like $5 each. Install them in mini-clusters and use the data in comparison and as backups when one fails.
 
2022-01-21 5:31:59 AM  
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2022-01-21 5:48:18 AM  
Exposed props that surround the pilot.

Great idea soviets.
 
2022-01-21 5:53:39 AM  
Russian test methodology hasn't changed since 1932.
Equipment is expensive, but pilots?  HA!  We have plenty of brave pilots!!
 
2022-01-21 8:27:43 AM  

Lsherm: At the very least, increase the number of lift units to six or eight so you have some control if one unit fails.


What about a stabilization system like what's in the Segway, but larger? At some point, the number of engines will see diminished returns. Gyroscopic stabilization could help you maintain orientation, even if the center of lift is out of line with the center of mass.
 
2022-01-21 9:12:53 AM  
Lsherm:
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2022-01-21 10:20:29 AM  
"The barometer in Dubai refused and an accident occurred - a down from a height of 30 meters."

"Engage the gibberish translator!"
 
2022-01-22 12:24:21 PM  
As an aerospace engineer, I think that those blades spinning in the same plane as any body part is insanity. It would make for a much more stable vehicle to put them above like a helicopter and much safer.
 
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