First manned drone uses 54 propellers

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A British man made a personal helicopter with the rotors of several quadcopters.
A British man made a personal helicopter with the rotors of several quadcopters.
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History is full of DIY flying machines, including the occasional Joe who ties a bunch of helium balloons to his lawn chair.

So it was only a matter of time before someone would figure out the number of drone propellers it would take to put a man in the air The answer is 54.

A British man may have made the first manned drone flight, if there can be such a category, when he fastened a 54 rotors from quadcopters to make a personal helicopter he dubbed the Swarm.

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Next-gen drones vie for air supremacy

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DJI's Phantom 3 is available for pre-order and will soon be sharing airspace with another new drone, the Solo by 3D Robotics. Photo: DJI/YouTube
DJI's Phantom 3 is available for preorder and will soon be sharing airspace with another new drone, the Solo by 3D Robotics. Photo: DJI/YouTube

Comparing two impressive new quadcopters is like comparing a hawk to a falcon. Both birds are impressive.

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King Kong ain’t got nothing on this drone-fighting chimp

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This chimp did not appreciate being filmed by a drone and took Kong-trol by knocking it out of the air. Photo: Royal Burgers Zoo
This chimp did not appreciate being filmed by a drone and took Kong-trol by knocking it out of the air. Photo: Royal Burgers Zoo

You would have thought King Kong taught us never to fly too close to primates.

Like the giant silver screen ape swatting fighter planes out of the air, a chimpanzee at the Royal Burgers’ Zoo in the Netherlands defended its habitat with a long stick to knock down a camera-carrying drone flying over its habitat.

The GoPro camera survived the crash and managed to record everything, from the stick-wielding chimp making a ferocious face as it made a direct hit to the quadrocopter to the crash aftermath of the curious chimps looking into the camera before it destroyed the drone.