To view the Ghost Indiegogo campaign in its native environment, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1rDghXb
The folks over at Ehang who are running the Indiegogo campaign to fund the Ghost Drone quadcopter reached out to us last week, asking if we could do a blog post about their project – and offering to send us one when they roll of the assembly line next month!
I wrote back and explained that our blog here only gets a tiny fraction of the traffic we get over on our YouTube channel, so I suggested we put together a video instead and, as you can see, that's what we did. Of course, we were entirely reliant on them for photographs and video to illustrate the aircraft and its capabilities – we have not flown it or even seen it with our own eyes.
However, as I said in the video, they explicitly said in their e-mail that it was perfectly okay if we didn't actually talk up the product – although they wouldn't mind if we did, I'm sure – they really just wanted to get their message out to the largest audience possible. Especially given that they offered to send us one out to play with, I thought that showed some genuine character – which isn't something to take for granted these days.
Anyway, as you can see for yourself in the video, this is an intriguing aircraft, from its unconventional, inverted-motor design to its waypoint-driven, smartphone based flight control system, to its built in FPV capabilities and there was more that we weren't able to cover in the video.
For example, it incorporates the “Follow Me” feature that has gone from pure fantasy to de rigueur just in the past six months, claims a 20-minute flight time with the gimbal and a GoPro Hero sports camera on board, and boasts being wind- and water-resistant.
When we get ours, I think we'll have a closer took before we subject to Raven-style car wash testing...