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Floriade as you’ve never seen it before. The hexacopter eye view

By johnboy - 19 September 2011 24

Before Floriade opened to the public this Monday morning a crack Riot team of myself, our tame musician, and hexacopter pilot AP_OZ got up rather earlier than is usual for most of us and (by prior arrangement) set the magnificent machine to videoing Commonwealth Park in all of its Floriade spring glory.

Want to see what the patterns in those flowerbeds are? Here’s your chance.

For more information on the hexacopter and to book it for your own video purposes feel free to contact apaustralia1@gmail.com .

Many thanks to the Floriade team for accommodating us.

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Floriade as you’ve never seen it before. The hexacopter eye view
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yellowsnow 10:52 pm
19 Sep 11
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Yes, Floriade as I’ve never seen it — not because its an aerial view, but because it’s totally devoid of people!

Wish I could have visited it then.

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yellowsnow 10:54 pm
19 Sep 11
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PS what is a hexacopter?

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johnboy 11:10 pm
19 Sep 11
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yellowsnow said :

PS what is a hexacopter?

Follow the tag.

But it’s a six engined electric remote control helicopter with some very sophisticated software running the show that can carry cameras and fly low over flowers without damaging them before soaring up into the sky with the sun glinting off its engines.

Quite a sight in itself.

Keep an eye out in the video and the shadow gives you as good an idea about it as you could ask for.

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yellowsnow 11:40 pm
19 Sep 11
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Wow! Looks like its ready-made for terrorism related activities.

Where can I get one?

(and if I do get one, after posting the above comment, will ASIO come a-knocking?)

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GardeningGirl 12:04 am
20 Sep 11
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Cool! Thanks for sharing.

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johnboy 9:48 am
20 Sep 11
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For the curious here’s some badly shot footage of takeoff: http://the-riotact.com/~john/misc/SANY0958.MP4

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marcothepolopony 10:16 am
20 Sep 11
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Wandering through the floral displays at ground level gives no idea of what it is all about.
Thank you for showing exactly what we are supposed to see. Well done!

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Gerry-Built 10:24 am
20 Sep 11
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Very nice work! nice potential for establishing shots etc…

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kennardly 10:52 am
20 Sep 11
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johnboy 11:04 am
20 Sep 11
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kennardly said :

hello?!

http://the-riotact.com/images-of-canberra-floriade-from-the-wheel/28945

It was good, but watch the whole vid! It’s not just the high shots.

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EvanJames 11:05 am
20 Sep 11
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yellowsnow said :

Yes, Floriade as I’ve never seen it — not because its an aerial view, but because it’s totally devoid of people!

Wish I could have visited it then.

I have! In its first two years, it was actually just a whole lot of flowers, in flowerbeds, and that was it. It was brilliant. No fences either.

The first year, I kept forgetting to go have a look, and one evening driving home from work late, I thought bugger it, parked at the underpass and wandered in. It was dark, they had some kind of flower-music playing quietly through speakers hidden in the flower beds, and I was the only person there. The only lighting was the usual commonwealth gardens lights, the flowers smelt amazing, and it was wonderful.

Now it’s become a zoo, Canberra Show with flowers, and I don’t go any more. Unless made to.

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Ben_Dover 1:02 pm
20 Sep 11
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Magic! Thanks again mate, keep ’em coming!

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Jivrashia 1:21 pm
20 Sep 11
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NOICE!

Psst… JB. It’s accoMModating…

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john87_no1 1:39 pm
20 Sep 11
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Im interested in getting one but cant seem to find any site in Aus, or any hexacopters on ebay. Any suggestions?

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johnboy 1:40 pm
20 Sep 11
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john87_no1 said :

Im interested in getting one but cant seem to find any site in Aus, or any hexacopters on ebay. Any suggestions?

Send our man an email!

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