posted on Sep, 3 2020 @ 03:09 AM
Quadcopters are inferior compared to helicopters in terms of safety. I don't think they will ever catch on.
When a helicopter has engine problems they are capable of performing an autorotation landing. When the helicopter is falling, air will spin the main
rotor blades up to speed. Then right before the helicopter reaches the ground the helicopter pilot can change the pitch of the rotor blades to soften
the landing. That is made possible because the rotors are collective pitch.
On a quadcopter the rotor blades are too small and they are all fixed pitch. If there is a complete power outage the entire thing would fall to the
ground and the air may turn the blades but not at a fast enough speed. When it reaches near the ground there is no ability to change the pitch of the
blades to soften the landing. You'd be killed.
Also, both helicopters and quadcopters have a form of torque cancellation (antitorque system). For example a helicopter with a single main rotor on
top creates torque that makes the fuselage spin, and that is counteracted with a rear tail rotor, or even air jet (NOTAR), or even another set of
counteracting main rotor blades (coaxial rotors). If one of these antitorque systems fail the helicopter would mostly spin out of control. At least
with a helicopter you can power down the main rotor / engine to reduce torque and somewhat manage the situation and float down to safety.
However, with quadcopters its a bit different. For example if the front left rotor spins clockwise, the front right rotor will have to spin
counterclockwise, the rear left will have to spin counterclockwise, and the rear right will have to spin clockwise. This configuration will cancel
torque and prevent it from losing control. If any one of these rotors fails, it wont just spin out of control like a helicopter, it will flip
out of control and your chance of recovering or landing is greatly reduced if not impossible.
I don't see why we are perusing quadcopters.