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Cheapest drone to carry beer

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by storrowdrive, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. storrowdrive

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    I need a drone to carry beer (1 at a time) from a beach to a floating dock a couple hundred feet off the beach.

    What is the cheapest drone that can accomplish this? Could a used Phantom 1 pull it off? I am new to drones so I dont know much about the payload. I did see a youtube video of someone using an AR drone but it wouldnt lift the beer.

    Ill do bud light instead of bud heavy to make it easier on the thing.
     
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    This is kind of like those Math word problems from 6th grade. I hated those.

    Yes, a Phantom 1 could do the job.

    I think it's do-able but difficult. I'm assuming you're not going to be spending on hardware for a First Person View.

    Assuming you want to move beer cans at a sustainable rate from shore to ship with a bare bones Phantom 1. (You might want to splurge and spend $40 for 9450 propellers.)

    assumptions
    • A can of beer weighs about 360 grams (1).
    • A Phantom 1 can lift 600 grams (2).
    • No FPV.
    I'd do it like this.

    1 - Floating dock is 200 feet away with the RC operator. Beer is on the shore where the P1 has Home Lock. Strap the beer to the Phantom with a velcro cargo strap
    2 - The RC operator flies the aircraft to himself, lands and removes the beer.
    3 - RC operator flies back to the launch point using Home Lock (or Return to Home.) You could probably do it free hand with good communications between operator and beer loader.

    The Beer Loader is responsible for rotating batteries through the chargers and signaling when Home Lock is registered. Ready for take-off.

    Rinse and repeat. (Well, not the rinse part.)

    You're going to need lots of batteries and a few chargers (and a stopwatch.) I'd test it over dry land for more than a few repetitions to see how many runs I'd get with one battery.


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    (1) http://www.answers.com/Q/How_much_does_a_can_of_beer_weigh
    (2) Phantom lifts 600 grams

     
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    This is incredible thank you for such a detailed response! You are correct I do not need FPV at all. I have a P3 I will probably use for any quality control video of the process.

    I love the idea about using RTH. I didnt know the P1 has that. If im actually able to make this happen I will definitely post a video.

    600 grams opens up so many possibilities...
     
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    I'm thinking an rc boat will carry more and be a lot safer and easier to acomplish the task
     
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    Ballista and a catch net should also work.
     
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    Interesting. Could probably tow something with the boat too. Like a floating cooler. Hmmm.
     
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    Could just replace that guy with a 30 pack. Or a keg.
     
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    But if you miss you might lose a beer!
     
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    I have no idea who you are or what you really want to achieve from this post. However, I really hope that you succeed in your valiant endeavors. Beer delivery has got to be the ultimate goal of drone technology
     
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    What about using a servo system to open the beer in mid air and tilt it and drop the contents directly on someones mouth? :p
     
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    These troll threads are getting old now
     
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    The battery would be the only problem with the P1 .

     
  16. UAVLounge

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    What am I missing? Why can't they bring the beer with them.
     
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    That is always the question of closed minds.
    All great advancements in science came not from "why"s but from "why not"s :)
     
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    But you got to admit, the members who take these questions seriously are quite entertaining.
     
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    Potato Canon.
     
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    And the members who take it as entertainment are quite serious.
     
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