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An enthusiast made the world's fastest quadcopter and got into the Guinness Book of Records with it.
Racing drones have long been registered in the Guinness Book of Records, but the last officially registered record was set by enthusiast Ryan Lademann with a homemade quadcopter. The XLR V3 drone weighing only 490 grams at its peak accelerated to 414 km / h, and the average flight speed for entry in the Guinness Book of Records was 360.5 km / h.
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The rocket-shaped design of the nacelles with engines and the body of the quadrocopter helped set the record. The entire filling of the drone, with the exception of four remote electric motors, is hidden in a streamlined elongated body. On horizontal flight sections, the drone turns its nose in the direction of movement and encounters minimal air resistance.
To prevent damage to the screws during takeoff, the drone is installed on a special support from which it takes off into the air, but on which it is unlikely to be able to land. To set a record, the quadcopter must fly 100 meters one way, turn around, and fly 100 meters straight in the opposite direction to negate wind assistance or drag. Also, the drone must move all the time at the same height - this will eliminate the influence of gravity on it.
The record was set in November 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The enthusiast has been going to this day since 2016, when he decided to set a speed record for these devices. There is nothing unique in the design of the quadrocopter, only a competent arrangement of components and a well-thought-out body. All nodes were bought on the free sale and cost the designer $400, $120 of which is the cost of points for controlling the drone.