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Guinness World Record: World's fastest battery-powered quadcopter reaches speed of 480.23 km/h

Guinness World Record: World's fastest battery-powered quadcopter reaches speed of 480.23 km/h
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Luke Bell and his father Mike Bell from South Africa set a world record by creating the fastest battery-powered quadcopter. The custom-made drone reached a speed of 480.23 km/h. The Guinness World Records confirmed that the enthusiasts achieved "the greatest speed with a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter."

Luke describes the creation of the drone as his most complex project. From the beginning of the Peregrine 2 drone battery tests, there were small fires due to the high current that heated the battery to 130°C. The motor wires also caught fire during testing under full load.

After 3D printing the final model and assembling all the parts, Luke made the first flight, which caused another fire. This failure almost made him abandon the project, but he decided to redesign all parts and try again. After months of trial and error, he successfully completed the flight, but it was not a record. This meant even more drone improvements, more powerful engines, and other adjustments to achieve maximum speed.

  • The speed world record was recorded on two 100-meter runs and reached 480.23 km/h.

The previous drone, claimed to be the fastest camera drone in the world, was created by the Dutch manufacturer UAV Dutch Drone Gods together with Red Bull. The Red Bull Drone 1 camera drone reached speeds exceeding 350 km/h, and its task was to keep up with Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen during a race. It is noticeable that Peregrine 2 is very similar in shape and aerodynamics to Red Bull Drone 1.

The new record came close to a large drone, which its manufacturers also call the fastest in the world. The WaveAerospace Huntress II drone from the USA, equipped with a jet engine, reaches a speed of 483 km/h. This large four-meter apparatus weighing 50 kg. Unlike its small competitors, whose batteries die out in minutes, the Huntress II is quite enduring and can fly for up to two hours at an altitude of 6 km.

Source: PetaPixel

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