We're serious about safety
There's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure safety whenever we're working or testing. This includes things like:
- Always having at least two people present, in case something goes wrong
- Extensive, incremental testing
- Flying most tests with tethers attached to the vehicle
- Limiting available power during initial tests to reduce the maximum lift it can generate
- Many, many tests before we even thought about flying a person (over 120 unmanned tests)
- Always wearing eye and ear protection
- Pre-flight checks to verify everything is working correctly
- Post-flight checks to look for signs something isn't working right (like checking motor temperatures)
It's hard to emphasize just how much thought we give to conducting our tests safely, and we're proud to say we've never had an injury during any of our tests.
So PLEASE, don't try anything you see on here at home!
Is the technology itself safe?
Yes - it's very safe. In fact, multirotor vehicles are fantastic because in many configurations you can keep flying even if a motor stops working. For example, we had a motor burn out during one of our tests and we didn't even notice until afterwards because the flight computer corrected for it automatically. In fact, all of our designs allow you to keep flying with a minimum of two motors no longer functioning. How cool is that?