Updated by Bill Lofton 1/9/16
Courtesy of e-volo, AirBuoyant, gasturbine101 on YouTube
Radio control (RC) multicopters, or consumer drones, have burst onto the scene and gained notoriety for their ease-of-use and the all-too-frequent jackass behavior that has ensued.
That ease-of-use is possible through fly-by-wire (FBW) electronic flight control, itself made possible by the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and GPS tech in your smartphone that enables measurement of location, orientation, and motion.
Multiple projects are underway to scale RC multicopter tech to manned flight.
The Case for Manned e-Multicopters
EVH Tech: Multicopters Articles
- Flight Control, Autopilots, and Autonomous Flight
- Design–Quad vs. Hexa vs. Octo Planned