A few guys from Jobi Robotics came up with a really interesting RC plane called the Quadshot. With 4 motors, the plane is very similar to the quadcopter builds we’ve seen, but an added wing allows it to fly horizontally much faster than a pile of carbon fiber and electronics.
The VTOL ability of the plane reminds us of something we saw at the National Air & Space Museum a long time ago. The flight test footage of the Convair Pogo shows landings are troublesome to say the least, so we can appreciate how much work went into this build.
The Quadshot uses the Open-Source Paparazzi autopilot with onboard gyros to take a lot of work out of flying. Their autopilot board can also be switched from remote control to a UAV at the touch of a button. This might come in very handy when transitioning between vertical and horizontal flight modes.
The team has already built about a dozen prototypes, and they’re looking to cover tooling costs to manufacture the Quadshot with a Kickstarter campaign. The video posted on their Kickstarter page looks very cool. We’re looking forward to seeing the ‘quadcopter with a wing’ builds that the Quadshot will influence.