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Lockheed Martin in the Drone Biz - Silent Quad

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D_Tshudy, May 7, 2014.

  1. D_Tshudy

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    I saw last week that Lockheed has announced the release of a new quadcopter called Indago VTOL Quad Rotor.

    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/procerus/quad-vtol.html

    They've got price sheets posted. It seems overpriced but what I found interesting in the specs is how quiet it is.
    Whisper Quiet - 62dB at 3m, 52dB at 10m
    At 10m distance, the acoustic signature of the Indago is comparable to the hum of a refrigerator.

    I own a Vision+ and it's loud. Are there aftermarket props that are quieter?
     
  2. varmint

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    Take my money... ! (well, they probably already are).
     
  3. ElGuano

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    It's an 800+mm quad; it's going to have low kv motors with huge props, so it'll be a lot quieter than a phantom.
     
  4. varmint

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    Video: http://vimeo.com/93937720

    Not seeing any pricing, but it's probably moot, since even if it was sane pricing it's highly unlikely they'll sell you one without some kind of pass from the FAA. Seriously cool quad, though.
     
  5. doug86

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    Obviously shot in the USA. Here is what I want to know: did Lockheed get FAA approval and a certificate to fly that thing for their video. It's certainly a "commercial" use, no?

    :roll:
     
  6. Uncle Meat

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    Well pretty much any prop with a lower pitch will be quieter than the same design with a higher pitch. It has less "bite" so it will naturally be somewhat quieter. However the trade off is reduced performance.

    U.M.
     
  7. Ohary

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    Well if they're made by Lockheed Martin and used for government purposes, then yes, we are already buying them. My guess is they're in the $10-20k range.