When it arrives to interest rotorcraft, it nearly seems like the far more rotors, the improved. Quadcopters, hexacopters, and octocopters we’ve observed, and there’s probably a dodecacopter buzzing all around out there somewhere. But what about heading the other way? What about a rotorcraft with the least complement of rotors?
And so we have this exceptional “flying stick” bicopter. [Paweł Spychalski]’s generation reminds us a little of a miniature model of the “Flying Bedstead” that NASA employed to educate the Apollo LM pilots to touch down on the Moon, and which [Neil Armstrong] famously ejected from following having the craft into some of the attitudes this little device uncovered itself in. The bicopter is unique thanks to its fuselage of carbon fiber tube, about a meter in length, every single stop of which retains a rotor. The rotors rotate counter to each individual other for torque control, and every single is mounted to a servo-managed gimbal for thrust vectoring. The handle electronics and battery are strategically mounted on the tube to put the center of gravity just about equidistant in between the rotors.
But is it flyable? Yes, but just scarcely. The video underneath displays that it undoubtedly gets off the floor, but does a good deal of bouncing as it attempts to find a stable mindset. [Paweł] seems to assume that the gimballing servos are not rapidly ample to make the thrust-vectoring adjustments essential to retain a adhere traveling, and we’d have to agree.
This isn’t [Paweł]’s 1st foray into bicopters he acquired “Fail of the Week” honors back in 2018 for his coaxial dualcopter. The traveling adhere appears to be to do much greater in basic, and kudos to him for even taking care of to get it off the ground.