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Millennium Falcon Drone lifts off
A Reddit user who we can only describe as heroic has made a fully working, custom built Millennium Falcon drone. With the internet’s love of all things Star Wars (Jar Jar Binks excluded with extreme prejudice) and gadget related, it’s no wonder that Olivier-FR’s post was duly awarded with Reddit Gold.
Unfortunately, while Lando Carlrissian described the original ship as “the fastest piece of junk in the galaxy”, the drone replica can’t really compete. With a top speed of 18 miles per hour, it certainly won’t be outflanking the original in the Kessel Run anytime soon. And with a battery life of just five minutes, suffice it to say the galaxy far far away might just have remained Empire controlled, were this the ship Obi Wan and Luke plumped for in the original film.
In fact, with the modifications to the quad-copter (itself a creation of the designer, with instructions available here), the drone runs at only 35% of its original capacity, losing 37% of its battery life in the process. It’s also quite sensitive to wind.
But we’re just being overly-critical, because we’re jealous, and really, really want to give it a test-flight. Fortunately, the designer has offered full and detailed instructions in a photo post, so you can build your own. You’ll need to acquire the parts yourself, of course: a carbon fiber quadcopter frame, foam parts and lighting to dazzle anyone watching when you take it for its maiden-flight.
So, what’s next for Olivier-FR? Well, let’s just say we feel a disturbance in the force at the latest blueprint he teased…
In the meantime, you can watch a second video of the Millennium Falcon flying over what – if you squint a little – could definitely pass for the ice world of Hoth.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to Spotify the original John Williams Star Wars soundtrack and watch it on repeat.