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Spherical Flying Machines: The Prisoner Isn’t Far Behind


This unusual spherical flying machine was developed by the Japanese Ministry of Defense. It’s the first of its kind and is remote-controlled.

It can hover like a helicopter. It can fly forward at high speed using wings, which a helicopter can’t do. It’s got three gyros to help keep it stabilized, and can even roll around on the ground, and move itself about.

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Since it’s round, it changes the way that a plane could/would behave, especially when it comes to attitude control. The round flying machine is made from commercially available parts and cost just $1,400 USD to make. It weighs 12.3oz and is 16.5 inches in diameter, and can reach speeds up to 37mph.

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It will be interesting to see what kind of aircrafts they’ll be able to make using this tech.

[via DigInfo.TV via Make:]

Comments (1):

  1. dan says:

    A dramatic execution, however, this is really just a repackaging of current RC helicopter/quad-copter technology including the carbon fiber structure, gyros, batteries, motors etc… what’s innovative is the type/use of control surfaces to maintain vector and attitude. I like it, and I think many exprienced RC *copter builders (sp?) can recreate this… And we’ll see more of these soon for even less cost.

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