A team of engineers from the University of Oslo recently set a Guinness world record by lifting a 61 kilogram load with nothing but remote-controlled drones. Or rather, one gigantic Voltron-esque multi-rotor monstrosity appropriately named the Megakopter. It’s built from eight hexacopters that have been daisy chained together, utilizes 13 rotors powered by four dozen individual motors mounted on an aluminum-plywood frame. With it, the team recently hoisted a 61-kilogram load — that’s a little over 134 pounds — and held it there for 37 seconds to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The team hopes to make future iterations of the the Megacopter even stronger — potentially burly enough to carry large packages or even people (weather permitting). Looks like the Ehang 184 is going to have competition sooner than we thought.