Formula 1 car from heaven: incredible 16ft-wide manned drone that can fly at 87 MPH while a person rolls on board and performs loops on his first flight
- Big Drone can fly at 87 MPH with the help of 12 engines and propellers that keep it up
- It is approximately 16 ft wide and built around the design of the Formula 1 monocoque
- When taking off, the Big Drone can carry a person who weighs up to 368 pounds
- The company behind the Drone Champions League will use a computer game to recruit future pilots for the gigantic 217 braking power craft
An incredible manned drone that is described as a Formula 1 car in the air can roll and loop at 87 MPH – even when a person is on board.
The ‘Big Drone’ had its first flight in Croatia with Drone Champions League CEO, Herbert Weirather, in the hot seat while a remote pilot let him roll in a loop.
The drone, designed around the monocoque of a Formula 1 car, is approximately 16 ft wide with 12 large engines and propellers that hold it up.
The Drone Champions League started with small drones, but “they were too small for people to follow,” Weirather said. He said “we made it bigger.”
The 12 propeller drone can fly loops and other aerobatics at speeds up to 87 miles per hour with a passenger on board
It has 217 braking forces and produces 660lbs of static thrust. It will be used in a new competition as part of the Drone Champions League
They are now recruiting people to remotely let the huge 217 braking vessel fly out of a pool of playing people Drone Champions League – The game.
The first tests saw the drone flying around Vrsar in Coratia and was described by the company as a “historic milestone before the flight” to a racing tournament.
Weirather was in the single-seat machine because it was controlled remotely by former drone Champions League contender and multidisciplinary champion Mirko Cesena.
The Big Drone can fly up to 87 miles per hour using 12 engines and propellers that produce 217 braking power. It can carry up to 368 pounds when taking off.
It will form the basis for a ‘brand new future racing experience’ and the Drone Racing League is looking for pilots who want to ride within the loop-shaped vessel.
While testing at Vrsar in Croatia, CEO Weirather was in the single-seat machine, as it was controlled remotely by former drone Champions League contender and multidisciplinary champion Mirko Cesena
The drone is blurring the boundary between virtual and reality and the Drone Champions League was founded in 2016 to bring together the best pilots of small racing drones in the world.
The smaller drones can reach speeds of up to 99 miles per hour in direct combat and pilots are recruited from drone computer game players.
WHAT ARE THE STATES OF THE GREAT DRONE?
- Static thrust: 660 pounds
- Decrease weight: 368 pounds
- Drone weight: 216 pounds
- Top speed: 87 mph,
- Engine: 12 engines and propellers
- power: 217 braking force
They run Drone Grand Prix races around the world, but wanted to find a way to take it to a higher level – and make it bigger.
Weirather said people continued to complain that it was difficult to follow the action with the small drones – so they made them bigger, but people still complained.
During the process of finding the right size, they eventually made a craft big enough to take a human pilot on board – that’s how the “Big Drone” was born.
“We actually started with very small drones, it was super fast and nobody could really follow, so we made it bigger and bigger and people said it was too small.
“So we’ve made a very big one, which means that one day we might have manned drone races,” Weirather said.
The vessel can loop, roll and make fast turns that are all part of the new tournament when it is launched
During the test, the drone was even flown over water, as shown here, and will be used in head to head races with a remote pilot and aboard a passenger
Weirather, in the photo, said they were looking for pilots to work with the Drone Champions League and recruit consoles through a computer game
The Big Drone has been in development for months, but early February they were able to take it to Vrsar for outside testing – after first inland flights into Germany.
Members of Flite Test were on the first flight – they produce content on YouTube and other platforms for the RC community.
“I feel that this experience is frankly a new chapter for multi-rotors,” said Josh Bixler of the vehicle driver.
‘Flite Test always aims to get children into the hobby and strive for bigger things. It is absolutely incredible to see them now strive to actually fly with a manned multi-rotor. “
Drone Champions AG, the company behind DCL, will continue to refine the Big Drone for a future tournament to be confirmed.
WHAT DOES THE GOVERNMENT OF THE USA DO TO IMPROVE DRONE TECHNOLOGY?
President Donald Trump signed a directive in 2017 to establish ‘innovation zones’ that allow exceptions to some drone regulations, such as flying over people, night flights and flights where the aircraft is not visible to the operator.
States, communities, and tribes selected to participate would prepare their own pilot programs in collaboration with government and industry drone users.
“Data collected from these pilot projects will form the basis of a new regulatory framework to safely integrate drones into our national airspace,” said US Secretary of Transport Elaine Chao in a statement.
Ms. Chao, who called the fast-developing drone industry the biggest development since the jet era, said about 150 applications were received.
Ten locations are included in a Federal Aviation Administration pilot program for unmanned aviation systems.
Selected were the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; the cities of San Diego, California and Reno, Nevada; national transportation departments in North Dakota, North Carolina, and Kansas; University of Alaska Fairbanks; the Center for Innovative Technology in Virginia; Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority in Memphis, Tennessee; and the Lee County Mosquito Control District in Fort Meyers, Florida.
North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford said the program will stimulate more commercial investment and enable us to explore new applications for unmanned aerial vehicles.
He imagined that drones would help to monitor oil fields, floods and weather conditions and “find missing.”
The unmanned aircraft industry has pushed for relaxed restrictions, and the Trump administration has said that current regulations have limited the use of drones, forcing companies to test abroad.
Steven Bradbury, a lawyer for the Federal Transport Department, said that drones have caused some “arrest” with the public, but one of the main goals of the initiative will be “community awareness and acceptance” of unmanned aircraft.
Mr. Bradbury said there is no direct federal funding for the test program.