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Human flying drone with incredible design and engineering

04 January 2017

Renowned YouTube blogger, Casey Neistat, took the engineering world by storm when he posted a video of a drone carry him across a Scandinavian ski resort.

Image courtesy of Casey Neistat/YouTube

Since the videos release in December 2016, there has been many speculations on how this engineering feat was achieved. Following reports that the video was fake, Casey Neistat released a ‘behind the scenes’ video to explain more about the drone and how it carried him. 

Taking most of last year to build, Neistat explains that the drone is a 16 motor hexadecane coptor with 1,631 carbon fibre propellers. It’s powered by 16 independent motors and contains 16 batteries. With a 10ft diameter, it weighs approximately 120kg. With the added weight of Neistat and his snowboard, the weight increased to 165kg.  

Neistat goes on to explain that the drone has 4,000 amps of potential current. Here, he makes an extraordinary statement that it takes 400 amps to start an American V8 engine, so this machine has a power capacity to start 10 of those V8’s. The drone also has approximately 81kW of power (108 HP) which is more than the average motorbike and enough power to serve an average American home for 40 hours.

In the video, Neistat states that the drone is a “true commercial machine” and goes on to detail how the drone managed to lift and move him across the snow-filled landscape, banishing all accusations that some form of CGI was used.

Video courtesy of Casey Neistat.

To watch the behind the scenes video, click here!


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