Personal Quadcopter 'Skycycle' Engineering Build

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This campaign is for the design and build of the world's first official large-scale quadcopter capable of flying a human.
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Ryan Moloney
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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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Hello

My name is Ryan Moloney.  I am a dreamer, yet I keep my ideas grounded in reality.  My favorite thing to do is think of ideas and make them real.  I love to build things.  I love to make things with my hands.  I love to solve problems.  I love to think outside the box.

One of my ideas that I would like to build is a personal quadcopter, or Skycycle.  This vehicle will be the embodiment of my creativity and lust for adventure.  The intended design will aim towards a flying experience like no other.  Imagine strapping on a helmet and parachute (both for safety reasons of course), sitting down on the Skycycle, powering her up and flying away towards your destination, or just for a ride.

I've always been interested in the integration of electronic and mechanical systems, and I've always held a position in a company that I was relied on for my knowledge of complex electromechanical systems.  I work for a robotics company in Cambridge, MA and have multiple engineering connections.

About the Skycycle

When the term "quadcopter" is mentioned, most people will think of the toys that Brookstone sells.  By now I hope that it is obvious that this isn't a toy.  This is a vehicle, and it is going to be one hell of a ride.

The heart of the Skycycle is a motorcycle combustion engine which is attached to multiple alternators.  Each alternator will power one or two props, depending on specs figured out during this build.  Since weight is an issue, energy conversion must be kept to a minimum for maximum efficiency.

The power being generated by the engine and alternator setup will be directed to each prop independently by a main control system.  This system computer will monitor sensors on the cycle and adjust the power and blade angle accordingly.  This setup will work with the natural stability of the quad prop platform to provide the safest and fastest way of moving around.

What I Need & What You Get

With the money I receive I intend to invest fully into the design and production of one engineering build of the Skycycle.

  • I set the bar at $35,000 for this project.  This mainly goes towards the parts required, but will also contribute to other expenses found along the way.
  • Other than a fully built Skycycle, the only actual deliverable on this project is the blueprints towards a completed vehicle.  Because of the nature of this project, only relatively large investments will result in a physical product.  The engineering time alone on this project (especially considering safety) is worth the total funding for it.
  • I'm going to buy parts as soon as I see investment, however not enough parts for the complete build.  There is a lot of engineering to do, but since I'm starting from scratch I will need some physical prototyping to get started.  
  • Although dreams are meant to be achieved, this dream won't happen without money, and I will have to gauge my personal investment into the project along with the Indiegogo community's interest.  In the event that the investment period ends without meeting the goal, I will do what I can with the funds that are invested to achieve a working prototype.

The Impact

By investing in this project, you will be helping mankind with creating a new way of getting around.  You will help my dream, and also the dreams of others, including yourself.

Although the Skycycle can be used for recreation and travel, it becomes obvious that this sort of vehicle would be an invaluable asset to any sort of organization that requires fast travel, such as emergency services, search and rescue operations, and of course the military.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't contribute monetarily, any sources of research into similar projects would be immensely helpful.

Thank you for viewing and reading, I hope that I've made an impact on your adventurist enthusiasm.

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This campaign ended on May 8, 2014
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  • $35USD
    Framed Blueprint

    A poster-sized framed blueprint will be sent to any $35 investor. This will be an attractive design intended for display purposes.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $150USD
    Engineering binder & Blueprint

    A complete engineering binder & framed blueprint will be sent to any $150 investor. The engineering binder will consist of all the information needed to construct an Skycycle. It will also contain all the information gathered during the engineering research and build.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $1,250USD
    Binder & prototype access

    Each investment of $1250 will merit a Full engineering blueprint package and access to prototype model. This means everything that you would need to build your own and some personal time with the prototype model.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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