When Sticks Fly | Hackaday


When it will come to passion rotorcraft, it pretty much appears like the a lot more rotors, the greater. Quadcopters, hexacopters, and octocopters we’ve noticed, and there is almost certainly a dodecacopter buzzing about out there someplace. But what about heading the other way? What about a rotorcraft with the least complement of rotors?

And so we have this one of a kind “flying stick” bicopter.  [Paweł Spychalski]’s generation reminds us a minimal of a miniature version of the “Flying Bedstead” that NASA made use of to educate the Apollo LM pilots to contact down on the Moon, and which [Neil Armstrong] famously ejected from immediately after getting the craft into some of the attitudes this minimal machine discovered alone in. The bicopter is distinctive many thanks to its fuselage of carbon fiber tube, about a meter in duration, each stop of which holds a rotor. The rotors rotate counter to each individual other for torque command, and each is mounted to a servo-controlled gimbal for thrust vectoring. The control electronics and battery are strategically mounted on the tube to area the heart of gravity just about equidistant concerning the rotors.

But is it flyable? Certainly, but just barely. The video clip down below shows that it certainly receives off the ground, but does a lot of bouncing as it tries to come across a stable angle. [Paweł] appears to feel that the gimballing servos aren’t quickly enough to make the thrust-vectoring adjustments necessary to retain a stick flying, and we’d have to concur.

This isn’t [Paweł]’s initially foray into bicopters he acquired “Fail of the Week” honors back again in 2018 for his coaxial dualcopter. The flying stick looks to do much improved in general, and kudos to him for even running to get it off the floor.



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