Google Engineer Builds A DIY Star Wars Speeder Bike Quadcopter


Lightsabers are, sadly, nonetheless out of attain, so we’ll must put up with much less civilized weapons. However a Adam Woodworth nonetheless felt the necessity for Star Wars, so he made a flying Speeder Bike Quadcopter. It’s too small to hold anybody – not even a geeky squirrel may fly it – but it surely seems cool, and acts virtually like the actual factor. Whereas it doesn’t pace ahead just like the cinematic authentic, it does float similar to you’d think about it. In all probability the most effective half is that the visible facet stays uncompromised. We’ve seen quadcopter Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor, however these have been extra on the quadcopter facet than Star Wars. The Speeder, as a result of its measurement in relation to the unobtrusive motors, seems loads higher.

“I bought into FPV (First Individual Video) multi-rotor racing a number of months in the past. The quick, low degree flying immediately jogged my memory of the Endor chase scene from Return of the Jedi.” Adam wrote on Make. “This challenge was an apparent selection to mix my curiosity and expertise in RC (distant management) flight with my love of Star Wars stuff. I like all the time having some unusual challenge on the work bench and this one was subsequent in line, an try and construct a model of the Imperial Speeder Bikes from the film that I may “get into” and fly round myself.” He additionally added an inventory of elements and a short define of the work achieved to rework the toy bike right into a flying one. One of many fascinating elements of it’s how Adam needed to scratch construct the Scout Trooper. As a result of engine limitations, the unique doll needed to be disrobed and discarded, and a light-weight skeleton was made. Bearing the “liberated” scout trooper outfit, it now zooms round on the flying bike. The top is interchangeable with a miniature digital camera, so one can watch the flight from the pilot’s viewpoint.

I ponder what the following pure trying quadcopter challenge goes to be…

Extra information: makezine.com (h/t: laughingsquid)

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