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travis_farmer

I saw on the news about passenger drones. as i have a small drone, and have all of 4 minutes of flight time (it has been too windy, and i don't think a sub-zero crash would be good for it), i think it would be neat for my next project. ;) providing i can save up millions. ;)

but the idea is pretty neat. it could open the airways to the same wonderful grid-lock of inner city road congestion that everybody loves. aside from that, it is still neat.

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Qdeathstar

drones seem a lot more stable than other types of aircraft... what i don't get is that they are using a quadcopter design for the aircraft, when a hex or octacopter design would be more stable, since that design can survive loosing an engine or two.
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travis_farmer

maybe it had to pass some sort of weight requirement, like an ultra-lite aircraft, or something.

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Isaac96

The fewer rotors, the more efficient the multicopter. This is because larger/slower propellers are more efficient, and with fewer motors to share the load the propellers need to be larger.
However, redundancy is important. The Ehang 184 passenger multicopter was an X8 design and had 26 minutes of flight time.
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wilykat

Osprey V-22 has 2 sets of rotors and they seem oddly prone to crashing. Maybe switching between vertical and horizontal is hard?

There's also Chinook with 2 fixed rotors on top, they have lasted a long time and served the military well.

The issue with multi-rotors and being able to carry people may come down to weight issue.  Multiple engines sucks more gas and it'd need bigger fuel tank or have shorter fly time.

Boardburner2

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Feb 15, 2018, 10:38 pm Last Edit: Feb 15, 2018, 10:39 pm by Boardburner2
The issue with multi-rotors and being able to carry people may come down to weight issue.  Multiple engines sucks more gas and it'd need bigger fuel tank or have shorter fly time.
The big question i have here is should we allow it.

In the UK airspace private aircraft use is such that on a sunny day it is like Picadiily circus up there.
There is also considerable noise pollution in some parts.

Personally i am not in favour of anyone/everyone flying all over the place.
Commercial aviation for long distance mass travel is well established but i see no advantage of the personal affordable air vehicle.

Short journeys can be done by walking. Longer ones by bus or car, followed by rail and air which are much more efficient.

I similarly do not favour the idea of drone delivery systems.
Just because the tech can get you something delivered in 2 hours (probably bought on credit) does not make it right.

I admit to coming from a generation which had to save up and wait for something to purchase.
For cheap stuff i quite happily wait 3 weeks for delivery from China.

I favour their use for emergency situations but what is the point if they crash into one of the multiplicity of drones and rain death below. It is only a matter of time before a major disaster occurs i think.

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