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Star Wars Geek Creates Awesome R2-D2 Flying Drone

by Conner Flynn

BB-8 may be all the rage right now, but R2-D2 is the original cool droid from the Star Wars universe. So it’s only fitting that he be turned into an awesome drone that can take to the skies. Aerial cinematographer Don Melara and the aerial photography company Air Cam Shots have created just such an Astromech by transforming a DJI drone into “Arturo”.

Sure, we’ve seen R2 flying before, but this version is super cool. It has four propellers, a moving head, LED jetpack lights and a speaker that can emit whistles and beeps. He also has a DJI GPS autopilot navigation system and a CCD camera built into his eye. So this drone is a real flying astromech droid with some great features. Jawas everywhere should be very scared.

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