Remember the Flying Spycam? That was the an article about commercial prototype of spherical shape spycam that could fly mentioned at back in June this year.

Now is the turn for the Research Department at Japan’s Ministry of Defence to unveil their latest creation in the similar shape of flying ball drone that capable to hover like a helicopter, and similar to Parrots’ A.R. Drone quadricopter, but this one has the ability to respond to sudden push or pressure.

One thing that make the ball shape flying drone interesting is the high speed fly forward using wings, which not exists on a helicopter. The spherical shape flying drone is capable to take-off and land vertically at any terrain.

“Because the exterior is round, this machine can land in all kinds of attitudes, and move along the ground. It can also keep in contact with a wall while flying. Because it’s round, it can just roll along the ground, but to move it in the desired direction, we’ve brought the control surfaces, which are at the rear in an ordinary airplane, to the front.”

“In horizontal flight, the propeller provides the propulsive force, while the wings provide lift. For the machine to take off or land in that state, it faces upward. When it does so, the propeller provides buoyancy. At that time, too, the control surfaces provide attitude control. After landing, the machine moves along the ground using the control surfaces and propeller.”


Priced around USD1,500, the spherical shape flying drone weighs about 350g and has a diameter of 42cm nad is constructed from commercially available parts. Should be a cool gadget for monitoring earthquakes and volcanoes, don’t you agree?

[ Source: TechCrunch ; Diginfo TV ;  Japan’s Ministry of Defense ]