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New drone is quadcopter-plane hybrid

  1. Jan 18, 2016 #1


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    I saw this on Yahoo news earlier today.
    From the article:
    The article is sadly lacking any photos of the drone, but a google image search on "vertikul" brought me to this 2-1/2 minute youtube clip:

    I presume the tilting ability comes from adjusting the relative thrust of the for and aft rotors. I imagine this requires the center of mass to be located in or very close to the plane of the rotors -- or maybe slightly below, for vertical stability.
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  3. Jan 19, 2016 #2


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    For helicopters and rockets, this does not matter. The force vector tilts together with the body, so without active control the system is not stable independent of the center of mass location.
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