The summer in Switzerland has been really really dry. Which meant that on Swiss national day nobody was allowed to light up fireworks at all.
That brought me to the idea if it wouldn’t be cool to have a gadget that would work like a firework but be reusable and electronics.
Maple seeds fly pretty good. Plus their shape let’s them fly passively without any motor on them.
So, my idea develop a gadget shaped like a maple seed, realtively light and with many LEDs on it. You could then either throw it up in the air (e.g. grab it on the “Wing”). Or use e.g. a bow (delivered with the product) to shoot it high in the air.
I think it would be most impressive in the night (LEDs). Advantage is that it doesn’t need any control etc. It’ll land and come down automatically. I also don’t know of any similar flight product specifically for the night.
Here’s an article where some have developed a drone based on the maple seed shape. Note my concept would only passively fly. So no engine etc. Just LEDs and maybe sound. https://www.zdnet.com/article/video-lockheed-martin-debuts-maple-seed-inspired-drone/
Here’s also a picture of a maple seed if you’ve never seen one before
Do you think such a project would be doable? I mean how though would you estimate challenges such as weight distribution, geometry, material, weight, etc.?