Leonardo da Vinci Crimson Spin Quadcopter Drone
Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his ornithopters, helical air screw, parachute, self-supporting bridge, and giant crossbow, but did you know he sketched an aircraft-like object back in 1480? Engineers from University of Maryland decided to turn these sketches into a real flying machine, called the “Crimson Spin”. It’s essentially a quadcopter that has screw-like propellers instead of the traditional ones. Read more to see it in-action.



The four corkscrew-like plastic wings are powered by batteries and electric motors, relying on small changes to propeller speed to tilt in various directions. Does the design look familiar? If so, that’s because it’s based on the Archimedes screw, which refers to a machine used for transferring water from a low-lying body of water into irrigation ditches.

DJI Mini SE - Camera Drone with 3-Axis Gimbal, 2.7K Camera, GPS, 30-min Flight Time, Reduced Weight, Less Than 0.55lbs / 249 gram Mini Drone, Improved Scale 5 Wind Resistance, Gray
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DJI Mini SE - Camera Drone with 3-Axis Gimbal, 2.7K Camera, GPS, 30-min Flight Time, Reduced Weight, Less Than 0.55lbs / 249 gram Mini Drone, Improved Scale 5 Wind Resistance, Gray
  • Light as a Smartphone - Weighing less than 0 55lbs / 249 grams, DJI Mini SE is roughly the same weight as the smartphone. In the United States and Canada, you can fly this camera drone without the need to register your drone with the local government.
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