The Swarm is a manned superdrone, so named because it looks like a herd of little drones all strapped together to make one big flying machine. There’s a seat at the center for the operator to sit and control the device.
The take-off weight for the Swarm with a person on board was about 326 pounds (148 kilograms). A video of the Swarm in flight shows it getting off the ground by quite a few feet, enough to make the camera operator shout, “Be careful!”
It hovers and bounces back down for temporary landings. It looks at least mildly terrifying, though the pilot is wearing a helmet.
The Swarm can run for about 10 minutes on its battery packs, which appear to be distributed around the machine along with the propellers.
Gasturbine101 posted an initial test-flight video, without the rider, about two months ago. In that video, the drone was controlled from a distance. Now the controls are on board. The finished superdrone video with air jockey was posted August 29.
This is a good time to issue all the usual warnings that accompany gawking at an unusual and potentially dangerous DIY project. Don’t try this at home. You would probably need to check with your governmental aviation regulations organization anyway. Plus, there’s that whole possibility of falling out of the sky. That wouldn’t be much fun at all.
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