A new quadcopter is based on da Vinci’s 530-year-old helicopter model
Aerospace Engineering student Austin Prete from the University of Maryland spent nearly two years perfecting a helicopter design that was sketched some 500 years ago. Prete had access to modern materials and did what Leonardo da Vinci couldn’t manage, making his helicopter concept a reality.
It is no secret that da Vinci’s designs include schematics of what was probably the first vision of an aerial vehicle that could do a vertical take-off and landing. It is likely that da Vinci never managed to get a prototype working due to the materials he had at his disposal such as wood and leather, which were too dense for flight. But in 2019, the students at the University of Maryland tested whether the concept would actually support flight. When they found out that it did, one of the team members, Prete spent some more time perfecting the prototype to deliver Crimson Spin, a quadcopter working through corkscrew-like propellers.
As Gizmodo explains, da Vinci’s design consisted of an…