[Adam Woodworth] tries to build some kind of RC plane every month. He’s been at it for almost a decade, and he’s getting pretty damn good at it. By day, he’s a Hardware Engineer at Google, though he went to MIT for Aerospace Engineering. Coincidence? We think not.
His latest project is an Imperial Shuttle drone, or to be specific, a Lambda class imperial shuttle — the infamous Shuttle Tydirium. You have to watch this thing unfold.
Using paper model plans, [Adam] printed out the shuttle on a combination of 3mm and 6mm thick foam board (Depron), and then assembled it. This kept the model light enough that the set of quad rotors would have more than enough power to fly it around.
As for the wing mechanism, it wasn’t that simple. He finally got it working using a line driven system and a central pivot arm. When it worked for the first time… well, we’ll let him describe it to you.
The first time I cycled those wings in flight, I knew it was worth it. I just couldn’t stop smiling. As for how it handles, in the words of Han Solo, “uh…I don’t know…fly casual.”
As far as Star Wars drones go, this has gotta be one of the coolest we’ve seen yet. We want to see them altogether for a dogfight! Just check out this wicked Millennium Falcon we shared last year!