Tiny Helicopter Defense System

What’s 12 inches tall, 24 inches long, and gives you tips on boat invaders? Not space aliens. Not a flying dog. A tiny helicoper spy by the name of “Crows Nest Anti-Pirate UAV!” It will let you know, right away! If there’s any pirates on the way. Meant to fly rings around your ship as you float along the sea, minding your own business. If it detects anything large enough to constitute a boat inside it’s defense perimeter, it sounds the horn!

Pirate attack!

Because modern pirates use tactics that include speed-boat attack swarm speed, you need something a lot more wild than Johnny Seagoggles looking out while he’s not playing Gameboy. You need this Crows Nest helicopter baby to fly auto around on the watching tip!

After the alarm is sounded, the UAV observes the attacking ship(s), using lovely visual camera technology to report back to the mothership while they prepare for war or running away!

Don’t get caught on the Hi-Cs without it!

Designer: Jacob Lalinsky

Crows Next Anti Pirate UAV by Jacob Lalinsky

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25 Comments

  • Gunnar Tveiten says:

    While this looks cute, the stated application is dumb. You see, there’s a solution to the problem of detecting boats in the area surronding a ship.

    The solution is cheap, well-tested, quite dependable, and really not the major problem in dealing with pirates. It’s called “radar” and all ships larger than about 100 feet have it (as well as many smaller ships)

    Now, spy-drones are useful, no doubt about it. But detecting that a boat is in the area surrounding another boat, just isn’t one of them.

  • AL says:

    Very cool, but dynamically the fan “should” be more external to add momentum, ok maybe it goes fast but it’s a waste of energy, try it more towards the tail and heavy batteries in the middle, so that works much better to me, or at least eliminate the fan and have a coaxial hely

  • brian t says:

    So, will the customer be happy with a device that spins dangerously on takeoff and landing, and can’t hover? I know you mean well, but this looks like another “solution in seach of a problem”, since it doesn’t do anything that fixed-wing planes can’t do already.

  • NoBrain says:

    Sorry Gunnar but to detect a small wooden skiff between waves, your radar will be useless. But I agree with Al and Bryan… looks great but can’t fly…

  • adam says:

    hi
    very intersting , l wish to get contact with the desinger

    adam

  • Hunter says:

    Strong coastal winds will knock this thing ON IT’S ASS, and even loaded with li-po’s you’ll get a 10min flight at best, I mean come on what is that fan doing? make up your mind.

  • Kim says:

    Umm.. wouldn’t the downward current from the main rotor cause significant loss of thrust for the fan beneath it?

  • Jake says:

    Haters

  • Ben says:

    Sorry this doesn’t stand a chance. You have a big round nose blocking the air into fan creating unwanted turbulance. Better to move the fan to the nose. Better to move the li-po’s to the C.G. Better still to power it with a nitro R/C engine. Better still to toss the rotor and add wings. You hand launch it and catch it in a net.

  • animah says:

    about the somali “pirates” … you should know they have good reasons to attack ships in the area -> ilegal chemical dumping on the cost of somalia and ilegal overfishing. do inform yourself.

  • ryan says:

    yeah theres no way this will work

  • George says:

    Being a huge RC helicopter fan and avid pilot th are some serious flaws in this little bird , I dont understand how this would work with out a counter rotation system ?? Perhaps I am missing something but it just won’t work !
    Cheers
    And happy pirate hunting

  • George says:

    Being a huge RC helicopter fan and avid pilot th are some serious flaws in this little bird , I dont understand how this would work with out a counter rotation system ?? Perhaps I am missing something but it just won’t work !
    Cheers
    And happy pirate hunting

  • Alex says:

    it is obvious that the designer have not idea about aerodynamics, mechanical design or even physics. Really nice design for a movie, but not for real life.

  • Alex says:

    it is obvious that the designer have not idea about aerodynamics, mechanical design or even physics. Really nice design for a movie, but not for real life.

  • Macboffin says:

    This justifies criminal gangs armed with RPGs etc taking over ships worth millions and disrupting international trade in order for these gangs to make many millions of dollars from bribes and ransoms? Does this money go to the people who may be affected by the dumping you refer to? How about the several hundred innocent crew members currently held? How about their families? Get real, this is criminal piracy pure and simple.

  • Macboffin says:

    Expensive, impractical, and especially useless in any kind of wind or adverse weather.Designer ever built and flown one? Certainly never been exposed to marine conditions! (Myself involved in UAV business for over fifty years).

  • Macboffin says:

    Poster can’t spell either? Crows Next should have been Crows Nest? And thats where to put the camera,(Including infra red ability of course for night work) in the Crows Nest.

  • tomas says:

    Is this helicopter for sale anywere???

  • Macboffin says:

    I guess this is what is called “A flight of fancy”!

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