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HelicopterMain Discussion › Lifeguard drone (heli) completes world-first ocean rescue
01-18-2018 03:46 PM  3 months agoPost 1
Mark Ryder

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It's an RC helicopter.
Australia's 'Little Ripper' UAV swooped in to save two teens sucked out to sea.
https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/18...d-drone-rescue/

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01-18-2018 03:52 PM  3 months agoPost 2
wrongler

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Wonder what the range and time in the air is?

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01-18-2018 06:00 PM  3 months agoPost 3
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thats cool... but its electric.... I dont think the flight time will be sufficient for routine patrols as they say in the video unless they plan to have a serious expense with Lipo packs constantly on standby (and last time I checked they dont like being at full charge for long periods)... not to mention what salt spray does to mechanics and electronics over time.

A tethered balloon with a camera would be more cost effective and durable.... thats what we use here in South texas along the boarder. Smaller drones are only used when we need active surveillance on the ground for interdiction purposes.

neat idea... but honestly its a solution looking for a problem... and though it CAN solve it... long term I just dont think we are there yet.

I say we show up with a 800 gasser running a 1 quart tank and on board geny...

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01-18-2018 06:07 PM  3 months agoPost 4
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I say we show up with a 800 gasser running a 1 quart tank and on board geny...
Sounds like a job for Chris Bergen.

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01-19-2018 12:47 AM  3 months agoPost 5
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Read the article. "The 'Little Ripper' UAVs, packed with supplies including inflatable rafts and GPS beacons, can fly through the air for two-and-half hours on a single charge"

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01-19-2018 01:00 AM  3 months agoPost 6
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Watch at YouTube

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01-19-2018 01:46 AM  3 months agoPost 7
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Lifeguard drone,thats a great job

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01-19-2018 05:19 AM  3 months agoPost 8
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Like Mark said, that's not a Drone.

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01-19-2018 05:48 AM  3 months agoPost 9
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Its definitely a drone
It most certainly is a drone! It can fly beyond line of sight, carry and deploy a payload, and has autonomous capability!

RC aircraft cannot fly beyond line of sight, generally do not carry deployable payloads, and have no autonomous capability.

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01-19-2018 06:17 AM  3 months agoPost 10
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Says here it's good for 1 hour. http://littleripper.com/?page_id=136
This is military grade stuff with a corresponding price tag. Like I said, it's not a drone in the sense of consumer stuff and that's what I was referring to.

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01-19-2018 06:23 AM  3 months agoPost 11
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I don’t see how hard it would to build a drone with similar flight capabilities. Nothing magical. Most of the components can be sourced from off the shelf. The only real customization/expense would be the software

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01-19-2018 07:31 AM  3 months agoPost 12
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Modelers already did that years ago. Wookong and Naza-H flight controllers were tested and proven by modelers. There were several systems that were designed and marketed in Germany. At least with the Ripper it has a measure of safety that a Multi can't hope to equal in that it can autorotate.

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01-19-2018 07:42 AM  3 months agoPost 13
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A hexacopter (and above) can “autorotate” if one of its motors fails

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01-19-2018 07:42 AM  3 months agoPost 14
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Awsome, a flying chainsaw above crowded beaches, what could possible go wrong

Licensed (CASA) UAV operator certificate holder 1-YFOF5-01 www.helicamaerial.com.au

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01-19-2018 02:50 PM  3 months agoPost 15
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Some of you all have not yet learned how to spot advertising lingo...
Delivers up to one hour of flight time on a single battery charge
UP to one? as in maximum in lab tests? under what conditions?

my guess is that the under real world conditions its closer to 30 minutes carrying a load and in windy beach conditions...

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01-19-2018 02:52 PM  3 months agoPost 16
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Heliguychris
Awsome, a flying chainsaw above crowded beaches, what could possible go wrong
well it could never land an actual contract for starters for highly overstated capabilities and overpriced equipment and support.

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01-19-2018 03:26 PM  3 months agoPost 17
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When I worked for Rotomotion, we developed and were able to fly a electric UAV for 73 minutes on 16s. We had 4-11 amp hour 8s packs on it with a full video camera, stabilization and 10k telemetry. This was flying forward 95% of the time, so that does help tremendously. Hovering for 100% of the time we could do around 50 minutes. All up weight was around 38 lbs. We swung SAB 950mm blades at 1050 on the head.

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01-19-2018 06:21 PM  3 months agoPost 18
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pretty cool

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01-19-2018 06:49 PM  3 months agoPost 19
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Ok...
I hate drones a little less now.

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01-20-2018 08:11 PM  3 months agoPost 20
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Jamovich
A hexacopter (and above) can “autorotate” if one of its motors fails
Got a video? I know how the failure mode works on a Hex quite well.

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