Game of Drones: They’re not Playing Around

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Game of Drones: They’re not Playing Around
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Game of Drones Action-Sports Quad Airframe

Anyone who has flown a multicopter has probably also crashed a multicopter. Especially when you are learning, it is very common to have some tough take-offs, failed flights, and terrible touch-downs. Worse than hurting your pride, this rough treatment often results in damage to your treasured drone. Then time and money has to be spent on repairs, which can really be a drag.

However, help is on the way. The folks over at Game of Drones have been experimenting with a tough airframe that can take the abuse of a few crash landings with no bother at all. In fact, it can take a lot more than that.

They received hundreds of requests from people wanting these nearly indestructible aircraft for themselves. So they launched a Kickstarter campaign to gear up for production.

They’ve had excellent response to their campaign so far, and the limited run of these quadcopter frames will help fund more production in the future. If the campaign really over-exceeds its goals, Game of Drones will be able to expand for production and international distribution on a wider scale.

So if you are new to flying drones and want to buy one quadcopter frame that will really last, or you are more experienced and want a durable drone for extreme flying, this may be your best chance to get one soon. Expected delivery is for the second quarter of 2014.

Read about Game of Drones and drones in general in MAKE Vol. 37. The “homegrown drones” issue goes on sale Jan. 21. And if you’re in North California Jan.20 come to our drone fly-in to celebrate the release of the issue.

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Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and author of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew is also an electronics and robotics enthusiast and has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Enrichment in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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