Unmanned Flight

Oct 27, 2011 No Comments by

Last year I had the opportunity to fly a really cool plane in the Terracam Hawkeye.  This was a project designed to measure agricultural crop moisture through infrared photography.  The Hawkeye is designed with an onboard IR camera plus it had another camera that beamed a signal to the ground so my co-piolot could see what was below the Hawkeye on his laptop.  He could also see my navigational direction, altitude and location coordinates.  Through simple conversation we would determine if I was where I needed to be while the IR camera took pictures.  To make things even more complicated we also installed another camera to continuously take pictures of the ground below.  It was a great experience to fly a parasail aircraft.  

David Vaught, Featured News

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A frequent contributor to Model Airplane News and Electric Flight, Dr. Dave is a true RC enthusiast with over 40 years of flying experiences as well as a private pilot license. He flies and writes about everything from ornithopters to giant-scale aircraft, building and flying an average of 20 planes a year.
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