The Dead Cat Drone Maker Wants to Fly Around in a Cow

By Gary Cutlack on at

A man's carved out quite the specialist niche for himself, with Dutch inventorĀ Bart Jansen becoming known as the man who sticks dead animals on drones and takes them out for a flight. He's already done cats, rats and an ostrich, with his next job being a cow.

Bart told the BBC: "If I'm going to fly, I want to fly in something weird. So we've been thinking about animals that are big enough to fly in. We have a cow at the moment -- it's at the tannery right now. It's going to be like a bovine personnel carrier, but airborne."

He had a rather odd path to powered flight stardom. He said of his flying animals epiphany: "What I wanted back then was a monument to my cat who was named after Orville Wright, one of the Wright brothers. In that train of thought, the monument for my deceased cat had to fly. I drew a drawing of a cat with a blade out of its back and said, 'Let's make a helicopter'."

And people liked it, so he now does requests, immortalising the dead pets of wealthy American animal lovers by putting their fur and faces over the chassis' of drones. [BBC]

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