Meet Arturo, the self-proclaimed ’world’s first actual flying R2D2 drone.’
Created by aerial cinematographer Don Melara in partnership with aerial photography firm Air Cam Shots, Arturo was built from the ground up in only 8 days.
The drone is based off a DJI frame, with built-in GPS autopilot navigation. Arturo features a rotating head, LED jetpack lights, a speaker box for playing the Droid’s iconic noises and even has a camera installed in the eye to relay what the drone is seeing.
Considering how large – particularly tall – the drone is, it’s surprising to see how well balanced it is in flight.
This isn’t Melara’s first rodeo though. Earlier this year he built a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter drone, also powered by DJI’s autopilot navigation system.
Next up, the Mellinium Falcon, Melara.