This Drone Can Fly for 24 Hours Straight!

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with Christopher McCall of Perspective Robotics AG, a start-up based in Zurich, Switzerland that is developing the “Fotokite.” There are two versions of this tethered multirotor drone capable of carrying a GoPro Hero sports camera. The professional version incorporates a two-axis gimbal and is capable of staying aloft indefinitely using an A/C power source. The recreational version, called Phi, uses a standard lithium-polymer battery and has a fixed camera mount, and can fly for approximately 15 minutes. The flight control system on both versions of the Fotokite is optimized to accept tether pulls as a control input and respond appropriately. The professional version also includes a ground station with a real-time video downlink and the ability to re-position the drone and the camera gimbal.

50 Comments

  1. Screen Apple on August 4, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Will TV news get job like Drones Cam?

  2. Ken 3D Creative on August 4, 2020 at 9:29 am

    What the hell. Hoax! you should change the title.

  3. RAiNblasst24 on August 4, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Did it have a video output for video mixer ?

  4. Sexyshida Rashida on August 4, 2020 at 9:32 am

    price?

  5. Bob Keller on August 4, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Why are you dressed like your going on a safari when you interview? And…what is the patch on your left arm?

  6. Skyblock Veteran on August 4, 2020 at 9:37 am

    8000?😂😂but I can buy 100 spare batteries or 10 more drones or make same system just for a couple hundred bucks

  7. TheDroningPreacher on August 4, 2020 at 9:38 am

    You could pay 8k for that piece of hot garbage OR just rig up a power adapter for an inspire 1 with 100 feet of wire for 50 bucks. Let’s do some math here…

  8. nmsidewinder on August 4, 2020 at 9:38 am

    You have got to be kidding ! Anyone with any DIY could make their own with any decent priced quadcopter that has strong brushless motors on it. What a joke.. lol I wonder how many people bought one of these and did they feel their change hit them in the back of the head as they walked off. lol

  9. Sportical on August 4, 2020 at 9:41 am

    O its called a cable drone btw

  10. Jimmy JAMES on August 4, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Isn’t this $8K?

  11. Doug Johnson on August 4, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Whats really so insulting about this is they probably build this POS for 500 bucks.

  12. Doug Johnson on August 4, 2020 at 9:44 am

    My goodness the price is laughable, 1080p, I wonder how many they have sold, lol zero I am willing to bet. 8K dollars that insults my intelligence. WTF

  13. Jimmy JAMES on August 4, 2020 at 9:44 am

    yep, $8K for this, insane!

  14. Brendan Quinn on August 4, 2020 at 9:46 am

    The title of this video is misleading.

  15. Gary Stevens on August 4, 2020 at 9:47 am

    I’m $8,000 short and will need to start a GoFundMe to buy one.

  16. Mark Scott on August 4, 2020 at 9:48 am

    8k for 1080P? PPPAAASSSSSS!!!

  17. v12tommy on August 4, 2020 at 9:50 am

    $8k??? For only a little bit more you can get an Inspire 2 with a tether, and you could live stream in exponentially better quality than that thing.

  18. Elbow on August 4, 2020 at 9:51 am

    How do you swap batteries out in the field without dropping the drone?

  19. Barbu Vulc on August 4, 2020 at 9:51 am

    GREAT. 💯
    BETTER than using awful batteries.

  20. Owen Walters on August 4, 2020 at 9:52 am

    And the consumer drone looks like a toy.

  21. Wile E. Coyote on August 4, 2020 at 9:52 am

    He blatantly said $8,000!!!!!!!! It’s just a hovering security camera on a leash! People trying to be innovative with stupid ideas. Anyone can make something waaaaayyyy cheaper:
    1) telescoping pole with a tripod base you can stake into the ground
    2) a GoPro Hero 6 or similar quality camera
    3) a mini HDMI cable from the camera to a display at the base, or just use 5.8Ghz VTX and receiver
    4) rig the camera so that you can provide constant power to it from the ground

  22. NAVEEN M on August 4, 2020 at 9:53 am

    1month stay drone how to buy

  23. Andrew Polkowski on August 4, 2020 at 9:55 am

    A life-changing invention. Just think No Wireless interference.

  24. Tech With Preetham on August 4, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I would rather fly a kite

  25. Mitchell Peterson on August 4, 2020 at 9:56 am

    8 grand?? Dream the eff on. The consumer unit is little more than a toy.

  26. Joel H on August 4, 2020 at 9:57 am

    we need a solar drone … this drone is like a kite lol

  27. paulkazjack on August 4, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Tethered?? Erm very very single use application.

  28. BedrockPvPz //xJayHzD on August 4, 2020 at 9:57 am

    666 likes lol

  29. Mitchell Peterson on August 4, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Crap in a tube. You can’t polish a turd!

  30. KITSUNE Fpv on August 4, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Wait what? Then what about the esc and motor overheating?

  31. The Bread Thingy on August 4, 2020 at 9:59 am

    GTFOH!!! That’s Super Whack and so Not Need for a single thing in society. Unless u have a buncha lizards on board who wants to climb down.

  32. Spectamin on August 4, 2020 at 10:00 am

    wanna give dislike two times

  33. vikram raj on August 4, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Umm 8000 cents is ok price for this garbage 🤣

  34. Babylon Gate on August 4, 2020 at 10:06 am

    So what’s the point? It’s plugged by cable

  35. Monoblock Adi on August 4, 2020 at 10:07 am

    a rod or a relatively large balloon can do the trick

  36. josh786manchester on August 4, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Just fill up a balloon with helium. Attach a camera on it and tie up with a string.

  37. Maya Gurung on August 4, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Neva seen reports with guns 😊

  38. dimitrimoonlight on August 4, 2020 at 10:14 am

    I’d pay €50

  39. Scott Marshall on August 4, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Powerloops are hell…

  40. blue280485 on August 4, 2020 at 10:17 am

    FotoKite ground station could be plugged into a Portable Inverter Generator like Generac iQ2000, this way it could be possible to fly it off grid in remote locations!

  41. VMAN Viney on August 4, 2020 at 10:18 am

    omg he made 90,s tech

  42. Red Alpha on August 4, 2020 at 10:19 am

    It’s as useless as an iPhone… It can stay charged too if connected to the wall charger… Same price and both are useless at the field. Sorry I’ll pass on this one…

  43. Owen Walters on August 4, 2020 at 10:19 am

    So you can fly for 24 hours but I can’t fly 2 miles away like the phantom 4.

  44. Stephen Peters Aerial Photography on August 4, 2020 at 10:19 am

    So why not just attach power cables to any old drone and do away with the battery. The higher you go, the heavier the cable. So this thing is utter crap unless you launch from right where the action is… plus no GPS, which means in anything other than a dead calm day, this thing will be buffeted around like a swing ball. No… No, absolutely not.

  45. DAKTiger1 on August 4, 2020 at 10:20 am

    I could wire up a drone with a long power cable connecting to a voltage regulator and power it up from a wall outlet. That won’t cost me more than $50USD + cost for a regular drone.

  46. Bachelor Frog on August 4, 2020 at 10:20 am

    better this thing was wirelessly powered.not bad.

  47. Hanawa Naoto on August 4, 2020 at 10:22 am

    How about a balloon… since it needs to be held thr whole time anyway

  48. Ezequiel Sanuy on August 4, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Boeing and Airbus are looking for the blueprints of this…

  49. SAMITH RAO on August 4, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Excellent work !!
    For long duration surveillance, you can look into power tethering solution.
    You can look out at these guys they are with power tethering for mavic 2 pro.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMpiHltxiVA
    #IspagroRobotics #PowerTether #Tether #india

  50. Adam lol on August 4, 2020 at 10:24 am

    This is going to flop quicker than the ps vita. How utterly POINTLESS 😂😂🤣🤣

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