suggestion for a flying dragon project!

I've had this idea for a while, but I don't have the tools, skills or money to build it.
In other words I wouldn't mind seeing someone else build it. :)

So the idea is a fully sized and lifelike radio controlled flying (helium?) chinese dragon!

First of all it has to be a really light construction. So the helium inside can support the weight of all the wires, servos and propultion to make it move and propell forward.
Ofcourse there would be alot of problems to solve to make it safely ascend and descend. ++
But it would be awsome to build it and shock people on the street.

In other words something like this, but a dragon, bigger and more lifelike:


  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    I've been a huge fan of Festo for years.  They have created a lot of amazing/advanced robotics projects inspired by nature.

    The challenge with helium based craft is they need to essentially be neutrally buoyant.  Getting the right equilibrium with a payload of servos and cosmetic components (to make it look like a dragon) would be quite difficult.

    Festo puts a lot of focus on natural organic movement, so all of their projects not only mimic the appearance of an organic subject but use the same mechanics and principals for propulsion.

    I've seen a lot of interesting projects lately that use the base of an RC airplane, helicopter, or multi-rotor (aka quad coptor) craft that is cosmetically modified to appear like other objects.



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    Now all we need is someone to build that dragon you want!

  • David BoccabellaDavid Boccabella Innisfail, Australia Moderator
    Sorry - with my sense of humor - modifying something to work like something else.
    Top Gear's Robin Reliant to a Space Shuttle.

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