With dozens of propellers spinning wildly, a chandelier-like flying drone dubbed the Megacopter achieved a new world record recently, lifting its hefty payload aloft in a breezy Oslo atrium.
The colorful beast has 48 propellers arranged in eight groups, and took the University of Oslo team led by drone maker Henning Pedersen 18 months to build.
A lightweight aluminum and plywood frame supports the bot, which has wireless controls for lift and thrust.
Check out photos of their steady progress on Megacopter’s own Facebook page.
With two team members piloting the Megacopter remotely, the drone set the Guinness World Record for heaviest payload lifted by a remote-controlled multicopter by hauling 134 pounds and 7.6 ounces — not counting its own weight.
Given the drone’s limited battery capacity, the team only had five attempts at the Oslo Science Park. After some hiccups with the first two tries, the Megacopter lifted its load for 37 seconds, achieving the minimum 30 seconds needed to count as “lifting,” according to a press release from the University of Oslo.
Watch them make history here:
I’m pretty sure the Megacopter was actually the first drone to set this particular world record since the Guinness World Records site doesn’t mention any previous record-holders for the category.
No doubt the Norwegians will be back to that atrium again in the future, trying to haul more. Their goal with Megacopter, based on the Facebook description, has long been to safely transport a person. Next time, I’d love to see them try it with a volunteer who wants to take one heck of a ride.