A Dutch inventor Bart Jansen is animal lover and best known for making his dead cat Orville into a drone. His aim is to see humans riding on their animals in the sky.
He said that he wanted to build a helicopter for himself which can fit in and they have been thinking about to designing. Mr. Jansen said, “if I’m going to fly, I want to fly in something weird. So we have been thinking about animals that are big enough to fly in”.
For such weird flying, he is using a cow now and it’s going to be like a bovine personnel carrier but airborne.
He is collecting dead animals since 2007 for a book called Observer’s Book of Roadkill. He took taxidermy lessons but confesses he is not expert till now so he takes help of the professionals. He describes himself as an artist, has already turned rats, sharks and ostriches into flying drones and even made a badger submarine.
He is getting critics of his work and even he does not know who they are. But his neighbors all like it.
Engineer Arjen Beltman is his team for this project. They are receiving lots of requests to convert people pets into drones.
He said, “We ask people to have their animal taxidermined before sending it to us”. Such requests come mostly from US. He warns that converted product possibly won’t exactly remind of their pets.
When he converted his dead cat into drone, it looked quite different and he put its name Orville named after Wright brothers.
Jansen told that he wanted to be an inventor from a young age but drone is not his dream. He really does not like drone or remote controlled flying.
He does not know the cost to make a golden retriever fly. It takes weeks to fly animal in the air so he wanted people to not send frozen animals. Just a skin is needed to build a copter.
Orville the cat took 12 months to be ready to fly in the air with three versions. For making Orville’s copter, it costs €2500 for materials used only without the costs of expert man working for hours.
He works fitting solar panels right now and hopes that his new projects will work out.