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(The Verge)   Behold Boeing's prototype megadrone that can carry 500 pounds of cargo ...or pick you up and drop you off at Skynet   ( theverge.com) divider line
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2018-01-12 12:37:40 PM  
Want to know how long the batteries last. Want to build a personal version that can take off and land on my driveway. Think ducted fans would increase power and speed. Need a minimum of 30 minutes of air time.
 
2018-01-12 12:39:54 PM  
Are they going to have the same rules for these things as they do for other aircraft?  Because I don't want that farker falling on my house.
 
2018-01-12 12:46:57 PM  

Ambivalence: Are they going to have the same rules for these things as they do for other aircraft?  Because I don't want that farker falling on my house.


What if it's delivering booze or medical supplies?
 
2018-01-12 12:48:13 PM  

Ambivalence: Are they going to have the same rules for these things as they do for other aircraft?  Because I don't want that farker falling on my house.


Most of the rules needed are yet to be written. Other than airspace rules, little in the way of regs beyond they cannot be armed without a license. Experimental aircraft require a FAA inspection to use an airport but on and over private land I will find out this summer.
 
2018-01-12 12:48:41 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: Ambivalence: Are they going to have the same rules for these things as they do for other aircraft?  Because I don't want that farker falling on my house.

What if it's delivering booze or medical supplies?


500lbs from altitude?  That's gonna cause some damage to my roof and I'd bet every penny I'll ever make that insurance won't cover it.
 
2018-01-12 12:49:08 PM  

eurotrader: Ambivalence: Are they going to have the same rules for these things as they do for other aircraft?  Because I don't want that farker falling on my house.

Most of the rules needed are yet to be written. Other than airspace rules, little in the way of regs beyond they cannot be armed without a license. Experimental aircraft require a FAA inspection to use an airport but on and over private land I will find out this summer.


It is really gonna suck to be a bird in the 21st century.
 
2018-01-12 12:58:58 PM  

Ambivalence: eurotrader: Ambivalence: Are they going to have the same rules for these things as they do for other aircraft?  Because I don't want that farker falling on my house.

Most of the rules needed are yet to be written. Other than airspace rules, little in the way of regs beyond they cannot be armed without a license. Experimental aircraft require a FAA inspection to use an airport but on and over private land I will find out this summer.

It is really gonna suck to be a bird in the 21st century.


Lacking a real flying car being able to build a VTOL aircraft in my garage that I can charge with solar panels is exciting. Batteries power and weight is the big issue.
 
2018-01-12 01:07:40 PM  

Ambivalence: AlwaysRightBoy: Ambivalence: Are they going to have the same rules for these things as they do for other aircraft?  Because I don't want that farker falling on my house.

What if it's delivering booze or medical supplies?

500lbs from altitude?  That's gonna cause some damage to my roof and I'd bet every penny I'll ever make that insurance won't cover it.


Agree, but I do like its  ability to be able to get medical supplies into very remote areas in the middle of chaos.
 
2018-01-12 01:14:00 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: Agree, but I do like its ability to be able to get medical supplies into very remote areas in the middle of chaos.


Yes, that is very good.  But UPS delivering packages.....not so good.
 
2018-01-12 03:01:07 PM  
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Boeing Hummingbird would like to have a word with you.

A follow-up turboshaft-powered version, the A160T, was first flown on June 15, 2007.[29] It was flown for 8 hours on September 27, 2007 while carrying a 1,000-pound payload. On October 12 it flew for 12 hours while carrying a 500-pound payload, simulating a multi-sensor military reconnaissance mission. This latter flight used up less than 60% of the Hummingbird's maximum fuel load.[30]
 
2018-01-12 03:02:42 PM  
They've done it again!

Flying Cars Anyone?
 
2018-01-12 03:35:43 PM  
Behold Boeing's prototype megadrone that can carry 500 pounds of cargo ...or pick you up and drop you off at Skynet

Well, sure, but I'd have to lose a little weight.
 
2018-01-12 05:22:19 PM  
So they invented a small multi-rotor helicopter.  Amazing... 🙄
 
2018-01-12 05:46:10 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: Ambivalence: Are they going to have the same rules for these things as they do for other aircraft?  Because I don't want that farker falling on my house.

What if it's delivering booze or medical supplies?


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2018-01-12 09:10:11 PM  
Anyone familiar with the ancient Indian tales of vimanas? Stories of aircraft and flying cities. If we ever get fusion power working, I can see multirotor craft like this on a huge scale, levitating maybe not whole cities, but individual dwellings.

/I've played too many JRPGs
//and this is some DAMN good weed
///Rule of 3
 
2018-01-12 10:35:52 PM  
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Confirmed.  Shipping Jerry.
 
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