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Grounded MiniBee

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Here's something you don't get to see every day: The MiniBee, an electric octocopter (4 vertical fans and 4 tiltable ones) conceptualized by Technoplane aeronautical company and i got to do the artistic impression of this (i hope) future aircraft.
For the first time, i went for a car like paint job, straight out of the factory. You can also notice that there's no control surfaces on the wings, that's because it doesn't need any and rely entirely on varying the throttle on its many ducted fans.
Meant to be easy to pilot, it would be equiped with a car like cockpit interface : Steering wheel, foot pedals, central sreen. 
Its expected range is 800km, with a cruise speed of 220 km/h

3dsmax, photoshop

The project's wiki : technoplane.hd.free.fr/MediaWi…

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Wiki has recently moved to : wiki.collaborativebee.com/inde…
Concerning security aspect, mini-bee can is hybrid and can land after engine failure.
We plan an aircraft parachute for final safety item.
Today, it can land on helicopter landing pad. There are already quite a lot of them.
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The page link doesn't exist.
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HamzaLippischHobbyist Digital Artist
My bad, i've corrected it. Here is the link : technoplane.hd.free.fr/MediaWi…
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A mock-up is not a success.
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HamzaLippischHobbyist Digital Artist
More will come in time :)
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Thing is, it's something no one is asking for, and is already outclassed in range and speed by most light aircraft.
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HamzaLippischHobbyist Digital Artist
On the contrary, the personal VTOL wave is here.
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It's just dangerous though. 

Look at it this way: the next time you go out driving, keep an eye out for anyone that doesn't drive 100% safely. Now imagine those same people at the controls of a plane.

Also, there's a big problem with vehicles like these: where are they going to land? They can't land in the cities, and most cities don't have civilian-use airports nearby.
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