Here at Chaotic Moon Studios, we love our drones—that’s no secret—but what people may not realize is the amount of constant testing and TLC drones require, especially when they’re custom-built six-rotor drones that we strap all sorts of gadgets to on a regular basis. Pushing the envelope of the payloads these drones can carry is something we’re constantly toying with at Chaotic Moon… and you better believe we crash them a LOT.
“No one talks about maintaining drones,” said Eric Bee, co-manager of Chaotic Moon’s R&D BASE projects,“but there’s constant calibration to ensure these buggers fly correctly. You can look at and treat it almost like an F1 car; we’re looking at all the systems working together at high speeds and we want passenger safety for whatever we’ve added to the drone this week.”
Here—in the prep stage of a confidential Chaotic Moon BASE project dubbed “Blue Eyes”—we take our recently rebuilt hexcopter (that’s a six-rotor drone) for a test flight in Austin’s Zilker Park.
There were, as expected, some technical challenges (a few rotors weren’t calibrated properly, while a problem with one prop threw off the entire machine), but overall the first flight was considered a success.
“The takeoff felt smooth and it actually worked better than we thought,” revealed Chaotic Moon creative technologist Matthew Murray. “This one worked better than the off-the-shelf pre-assembled quadcopter, which surprised us because we built this one, 3-D printing several of the parts ourselves.”
Stay tuned for more drone footage as we work on perfecting our fleet… and really sticking the landing.