[There was a bunch of very cool Tri/Quadcopter stuff on the RCG blogs today. Here's a sampling:]


Above: A very cool custom tricopter with a Trex body so you can tell which direction is forward. Check out the post for details on the pro quality pan-tilt camera mount.


And check this next one out. Did you know that you can make a Mikrocopter amphibious? This video is mindblowing. It starts underwater, but keep watching:



Finally, a "best of" video of Mikrocopters as camera platforms. How many Hollywood movies or TV shows have you seen recently that used quads rather than cranes?



Both of those quad videos are from this post, which is great introduction to Mikrocopters. Worth reading the whole thing.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on March 24, 2010 at 12:02am
I got to fly one of those Tricopters a couple of weeks ago and bang for buck they are very very cool. No doubt they will have some sort of hold working before long.
Comment by Paul Marsh on March 24, 2010 at 5:19am
Been waiting 45 years for the flying sub to become a reality, and now I can't fit in it! Pretty cool, though.

Comment by Paul Marsh on March 24, 2010 at 6:00am
P.S. -- Kind of a "duh" moment, but I guess the camera just hangs in the water below the quadracopter. Still, I enjoyed the mental visual while it lasted. :-)
Comment by izo on March 24, 2010 at 6:11am
It was my impression as well that only camera was submerged.
Still pretty awsome.
Comment by IKE on March 24, 2010 at 6:59am
Do you have any more information about the amphibious drone? That was amazing!

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Comment by Rory Paul on March 24, 2010 at 8:54am
I think there is going to be great applications for industrial inspections.....just anywhere there are explosive environments ; )
Comment by Xander on March 24, 2010 at 11:23am
Actually, brushless motors hold up OK under water. If you waterproofed everything else it could run. Whether you'd do much more than just churn the water with your props I'm uncertain. Intriguing idea though...

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Comment by John Arne Birkeland on March 24, 2010 at 12:19pm
Even if brushless motors work under water, they are are terrible at low rpm / high torque operations. So a big prop underwater would not work very well I think. But the idea is great! Just scale it up to full size and put it in the next Bond movie. :)
Comment by Martin Seven on March 24, 2010 at 12:43pm
We didn't actually get to see the machine, so who knows how many props it has. There could be a second set of low-pitch props for water ops and an another set of regular ones for flying.
Comment by Martin Seven on March 24, 2010 at 12:45pm
...and from the sound of them it looks like that's not the case. The props are above the surface and it's just the cam pod that's swimming.

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