The Cat Drone

The Cat Drone


A Dutch artist Bart Jansen turned his dead cat Orville into a drone. His flying ventures aim to see humans riding on their animals in the sky.


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It all started in 2012 when his cat Orville got hit by a car. Jansen decided it would be a shame to simply bury his late feline friend, so he drew inspiration from his pet's namesake, Orville Wright, one of the Wright Brothers, the inventors of heavier-than-air flight. Jansen gutted Orville, preserved him, and turned him into a custom quadcopter.

The response was huge. Jansen had recruited the help of technical engineer Arjen Beltman to design and help fly his "half-cat, half-machine creation," and it was covered everywhere from Mail Online to Forbes.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the unconventional drone caused "global outrage" after footage of it went viral. The "Orvillecopter," as Jansen calls it, was subsequently exhibited at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.


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