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New Multi-Mission Quadcopter

The AT Transporter technology demonstrator is already built and being flown
The AT Transporter technology demonstrator is already built and being flown(Credit: Advanced Tactics)

There are plenty of companies out there working on VTOL manned multirotor designs, from Joby Aviation and eVolo to Jetpack Aviation and Russia’s Hoversurf. But there’s only one group we’re aware of that’s actually already built and tested a vehicle capable of doing 70 mph (113 km/h) on the highway and flying 10,000 feet in the air – and that’s Advanced Tactics, Inc, (AT) out of Torrance, California, which has just announced the AT Transporter, a multi-mission quadcopter capable of carrying up to six people or 1,200 lb (544 kg) of cargo. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Nano-Drone

Fight time is around 15 minutes, with a top speed of 22 mph and a range ...
Fight time is around 15 minutes, with a top speed of 22 mph and a range of 1 kilometer (Credit: AeroVironment)  

AeroVironment’s new Snipe Nano Quadrotor is a man-packable drone with the potential to be carried by every foot soldier, vastly increasing situational awareness and individual capability. The Snipe will also be available commercially later this year for police, first responders and all those who need to be able to see what’s happening in places they cannot safely go.

Announced at AUVSI in Dallas today, the Snipe Nano Quad UAS weighs just 140 grams (5 oz) and fits into a small hard case light enough to be carried – though AeroVironment has not yet disclosed the weight of the entire UAS including the ruggedized touch screen controller. read more

The Helicar

 

It could be the future of transportation – and is one of most impressive hi-tech toys on the market as well.

A British inventor has unveiled the B – and combined off road remote control car that can turn into a quadcopter and take off.

Witold Mielniczek of the University of Southampton says his invention could even be scaled up to create a full-sized car.

 

The B has both large off-road wheels and four rotor blades to turn it into a quadcopter - and its inventors say it could be scaled up to a full sized car
The B has both large off-road wheels and four rotor blades to turn it into a quadcopter – and its inventors say it could be scaled up to a full sized car
 
The B in mid-air: The rotors allow it to be controlled exactly like a normal quadcopter
The B in mid-air: The rotors allow it to be controlled exactly like a normal quadcopter

‘B is a revolutionary new remote controlled hybrid car-helicopter with a patent pending design,’ he says on the Kickstarter site set up to fund the project.

‘It is capable of driving across difficult terrain using its large rear drive wheels and when the obstacles become too big, simply take-off and fly over them.’ 

Prototype cars have already been built, and are able to almost instantly swap from car to quadcopter.

‘B is a toy that provides an extraordinary experience,’ the site claims.

‘B is virtually unstoppable, capable of transitioning between ground and air allowing the development of tricks otherwise impossible to achieve.’

The car also has a HD video camera to send back live footage of its exploits – and luckily for novice pilots has been designed to survive major crashes.

‘The combination of the design and material selection creates a solid construction that is capable of surviving the worst of landings,’ the site says.

‘When the vehicle crashes from high altitudes, the driving rings detach from the housing and can be easily put back together.

‘The main chassis is made out of Polycarbonate, which is the same material used in protective goggles and bullet proof windows.’

 
How it works: The B is controlled by an on-board computer, with a HD video camera in its nose and a design its inventors say can survive most crashes
How it works: The B is controlled by an on-board computer, with a HD video camera in its nose and a design its inventors say can survive most crashes

 

 
Inside the B: The design is based around a polycarbonate shell to protect the craft from crashes
Inside the B: The design is based around a polycarbonate shell to protect the craft from crashes

‘The body shell not only serves as a protective and decorative feature, it is also a structural element.

‘The chassis when combined with the body shell not only forms a rigid and light construction that maintains its shape when flying or driving, but is also flexible enough to absorb excessive forces generated during crash landings.

‘Therefore, you can push B to the limits even when your skills are not at the highest level.

‘This makes B an excellent platform for all users ranging from newcomers to experts. ‘

 
The design is one of the first to combine a helicopter a car
The design is one of the first to combine a helicopter a car

 

 
Several prototypes have already been built, and the project hopes to raise £85,000 to begin production
Several prototypes have already been built, and the project hopes to raise £85,000 ($129,000) to begin production

Attribution: Mark Prigg, Daily Mail