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04-21-2016 09:48 PM  31 months agoPost 1
ICUR1-2

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I'm not 100% sure of who was the first to market them
AFAIK it was these guys in 2004 unless someone knows different please share.

http://www.silverlit-flyingclub.com...innovations.htm

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04-22-2016 04:50 AM  31 months agoPost 2
RM3

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not sure but we should travel back in time and shoot the bastards and destroy the evidence...

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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04-22-2016 05:32 AM  31 months agoPost 3
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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was escobar

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04-22-2016 05:56 AM  31 months agoPost 4
newbheliusr

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Not sure when, but it was in Hell. lol.

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04-22-2016 06:39 AM  31 months agoPost 5
ICUR1-2

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not sure but we should travel back in time and shoot the bastards and destroy the evidence...
that's what I was thinking

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04-22-2016 11:57 AM  31 months agoPost 6
Einzelganger

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First multi-rotor I ever saw was the German speaking video of the Hexacopter being tested on youtube. It demonstrated the first self-stabilization and gps functionality I had seen. My son saw it and was currently on his first tour of combat in Iraq. He was adamant that they needed exactly THAT with armament in urban combat. This really speaks to why they should be tightly controlled. My $.02.

Wayne

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04-22-2016 12:55 PM  31 months agoPost 7
Heli_Splatter

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It surprises me most of the time that you guys even walk upright without dragging your knuckles on the ground.

It is called progress. Yes multis can be misused, but so can anything.

I have been building and flying them almost from the start with the KK boards. You actually flew them then. I embrace the improvements and I have never misused a multi. I fly within the regulations.

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04-22-2016 02:12 PM  31 months agoPost 8
ICUR1-2

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Gyros have certainly progressed and almost anything autonomous uses them.
what got my curiosity was that nobody seems to know when quads got started.

When I started flying there wasn't anything electronic that was affordable at the time to help with cyclic.
At some point FBL units took off in popularity then shortly after the drones came out in popularity

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04-22-2016 06:45 PM  31 months agoPost 9
utahbob

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first one I saw
Was on "break.com" titled "homemade ufo"..the machine and pilot were incredible and I Immediately wanted to get one..didn't enter my mind about puttin cameras; guns or anything else on it; that was 4-5 yrs. Ago.

I do a great decending funnel!

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04-23-2016 12:40 AM  31 months agoPost 10
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I attended the Aerial Robotics competition at Ft Benning, GA in 2003 (though it may have been a year or two earlier) and one of the teams competing had a large Quad.

I did not see it fly and don't remember the college team that brought it, but remember thinking that it looked to be a handful to try to fly.

Chris D. Bergen

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04-23-2016 02:54 PM  31 months agoPost 11
Thatlumox

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I agree with RM3,

I hope you're asking so you can go back in time and stop it in order to save our hobby.

"I'm a dirt torpedo!"

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04-24-2016 04:33 PM  31 months agoPost 12
blvdbuzzard

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First one I saw was when I was flying my Raptor 30 and Nexus 30, around 2002/2003 or so. The guy had a board on it and 3 GY401's, (4) esc's, bunch of wires. Built out of balsa, foam, packing tape. Damn thing did fly, but you really had to fly it.

Buzz.

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04-24-2016 05:04 PM  31 months agoPost 13
wjvail

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The first reference I can find on RunRyder to the word "Quadcopter" is when the RR member Quadcopter registered on November 25, 2006. Before then the word did not exist here.

The sky is falling fear-mongering began long before modern hobby drones. Just as a reference - https://rc.runryder.com/t39082p1/ This thread is now more than a decade old. While time has passed and the sky isn't falling, we seem to be proceeding as if it is.

Bill

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04-24-2016 05:21 PM  31 months agoPost 14
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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The guy had a board on it and 3 GY401's, (4) esc's, bunch of wires. Built out of balsa, foam, packing tape. Damn thing did fly, but you really had to fly it.
lol same as esco in 2011

escobar built his first tri copter in 2011

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04-24-2016 11:24 PM  31 months agoPost 15
ICUR1-2

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wjvail
That post goes back to 2003
so this drone BS probably been started shortly after 911

were the 911 planes rc ??

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04-25-2016 09:23 PM  31 months agoPost 16
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There were a bunch of custom made and one-off quad copters starting in the mid 2000's but the first commercially successful "drone" was the Phantom One. I bought one as soon as they were marketed here in the states. I flew the heck out of that thing. Hundreds of flights and never had one issue with it. It was very basic compared to what is out today, but this is the machine I think really started the rise in popularity. I still love my helis but the multi-rotors obviously are growing like crazy. I do hope our helis have a comeback soon, I'm starting to worry about our hobby.

I was Spektrum when Spektrum wasn't cool

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04-25-2016 11:06 PM  31 months agoPost 17
Red B.

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One of the first references to a multirotor I can find is for the "Draganflyer", which was described in a paper published in May 2004:

http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/arti...rnumber=1308810

It seems that it was developed in 1999 by Draganfly Inc. a Canadian Company based in Saskatoon. They received the 2001 Achievement in Business Excellence (ABEX) Award in the category "new venture".

Here is a 2002 advertisment for the Draganflyer III. The technical specifications are interesting with brushed motors and NiCd batteries:

http://www.otherlandgadgets.com/draganflyer.htm

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04-25-2016 11:12 PM  31 months agoPost 18
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I honestly don't expect this hobby to come back into popularity as it was.
I am thank full that it did grow enough to bring in new innovations and I suspect it will return to pre 2004 numbers.

For myself when I can no longer fly nitro this hobby will fade away

http://www.draganfly.com/uav-helico...aganflyer-x4es/

back in the day they were the vbar of multirotors

anybody got 9000$, I guess they still believe they are the best.

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04-25-2016 11:49 PM  31 months agoPost 19
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Watch at YouTube

All this started by that kid in Sweden, when he debut the FPV trycopter, I reach out to him to get my hands on the KK board, when he finally get me the hookup it was too late,

I already started experimenting with single heli zyro he then show me how to do the radio how to control and mix 4 or 5 gyro.

Cut a long story short I bring the concept to xheli and build them a quad made with align parts.

I ask mark to let me put the concept on here, I did and show details how they get build from scratch.
The thread is still here it many years now. So the thread is far back."

After xheli got into quads then the whole place
Start filling with multi copter.

Then I build and x8 the 1st quads 8 to be seen
While dragonflyer have the y6. Very expensive
Only use by the police department.

Then wovy6 came out by some European company
Then I built the most fastest y6 yet. All of theses is on my youtube.

It was fun guys just fun.

More to say but let cool for now.

The y6 in the video was the test project using 3 single gyros,

The faster one was done with the N96 KK boards, that board is faster than any regular KK board.

Made to fly multi copter 3D. Style.

WC was right there with me when all the quad stuff started.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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