Orvillecopter: Dead cat turned into flying machine after artist attaches propellers

orvillecopter dead cat turned into flying machine after artist attaches propellersWhen your beloved feline friend sounds its last purr before disappearing off to the great cattery in the sky, its owner could reasonably be expected to bury it in the yard or take it to a pet cemetery before bidding it a tearful farewell. Not so artist Bart Jansen.

When his cat, Orville, was killed after being hit by a car, he had a rather different idea — to turn his deceased pet into a helicopter. What Orville would’ve thought about being turned into a furry flying machine we’ll sadly never know, but hopefully he would’ve agreed with his owner’s unique idea.

The Dutch artist took his remote-controlled cat copter to the KunstRAI Art Fair in Amsterdam over the weekend, where he powered it up and got Orville airborne.

Describing his creation as “half-cat, half-machine,” the Orvillecopter comprises a dead cat, a Lotus T580 quadcopter and four plastic propellers attached to each of Orville’s paws.

orvillecopter dead cat turned into flying machine after artist attaches propellersIn a description accompanying a YouTube video showing one of the Orvillecopter’s test flights, Jansen explains that his cat was named after the famous aviator Orville Wright — which appears to suggest he always had plans to get Orville off the ground once he left the physical world.

“Now he is finally flying with the birds. The greatest goal a cat could ever reach!” Jansen wrote.

An online profile of the artist says Jansen’s work is “mostly about the race for technological progress in combination with the human error that surrounds this progress” and comprises “mostly inventions, new machines [and] devices that fulfill meaningless functions.” Ah, that’ll be the Orvillecopter then.

The video below shows a spread-eagled Orville flying majestically high above a field, though when he comes close to the ground he scares the living daylights out of some cows who up until then appeared to have been enjoying a quiet afternoon in the country; totally understandable of course as the last thing they expected to see was a cat strapped to a quadcopter coming their way.

[via LA Times] [Top image: Ardinges2]

Emerging Tech

Purdue’s robotic hummingbird is nearly as nimble as the real thing

A team of engineers in Purdue University’s Bio-Robotics Lab have developed an impressively agile flying robot, modeled after the hummingbird. Check it out in all its robotic hovering glory.
Emerging Tech

SpaceX scraps second effort to launch 60 Starlink satellites

Wednesday's planned SpaceX launch of 60 Starlink satellites was pushed back due to bad weather. Thursday's launch has also been postponed, so the company said it will try again next week.
Emerging Tech

UV-activated superglue could literally help to heal broken hearts

Scientists at China's Zhejiang University have developed a UV-activated adhesive glue that is capable of efficiently healing damage to organs, including the heart. Here's how it works.
Emerging Tech

USC’s penny-sized robotic bee is the most sci-fi thing you’ll see all week

Engineers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles have built a bee-inspired robot that weighs just 95 milligrams and is smaller than a penny. Check it out in action here.
Emerging Tech

Watch this drone dodge an incoming soccer ball autonomously

Most drones aren't very good at avoiding incoming objects. But now a team from the University of Zurich has developed a drone which can dodge, swoop, and dive to avoid an incoming football.
Emerging Tech

Experts warn 5G could interfere with weather forecasts, reducing accuracy by 30%

Experts and officials have warned that interference from 5G wireless radios could seriously compromise the ability to forecast weather, including the prediction of extreme weather events like hurricanes.
Emerging Tech

Chang’e 4 mission may have found minerals from beneath the surface of the moon

China's Chang'e 4 mission has made a major discovery: minerals that could be from beneath the surface of the moon. The lander spotted two unexpected mineral types which match what is believed to exist in the mantle.
Emerging Tech

See the impact site where the Beresheet spacecraft crashed into the moon

An image of the crash site of SpaceIL's ill-fated Beresheet spacecraft has been captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and is being analyzed for information about the moon's soil.
Emerging Tech

See a fly-over of Mars and track the path Curiosity will take up Mount Sharp

A new animation from NASA shows a fly-over of Mount Sharp on Mars, the location where the Curiosity rover is currently exploring. It also shows the path that Curiosity will take over the next few years.
Emerging Tech

Two galaxies play tug of war in this spectacular Hubble image

Hubble has captured evidence of a nearby galactic neighbor affecting the the shape and star production of a galaxy. The irregular galaxy NGC 4485 has been pulled into an unusual shape due to the nearby and much larger galaxy NGC 4490.
Emerging Tech

The moon is shrinking as it loses heat, new images reveal

New research suggests the Moon is shrinking. NASA scientists have used data from their Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera to look at wrinkles in the surface of the Moon which are formed as it loses heat and shrinks in size.
Emerging Tech

Friendly cube robot Bumble passes its first hardware test aboard the ISS

There are some unexpected guests aboard the International Space Station (ISS): cute cube robots called Astrobees. Now the first Astrobee robot has undergone hardware tests to check whether its subsystems are working correctly.
Emerging Tech

How Super Mario, Magic: The Gathering, and PowerPoint are low-key supercomputers

What if the creators of Super Mario World, PowerPoint, and even Magic: The Gathering had accidentally created tools hiding a general-purpose computer in plain sight? Turns out they have.
Emerging Tech

Lilium Jet takes flight in first test for all-electric, five-seater aircraft

German startup Lilium had a successful maiden flight for its Lilium Jet. The all-electric, five-seater aircraft, powered by 36 engines fitted under its wings, looks to travel up to 300 kilometers in just 60 minutes.