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RC Dragonfly Spycraft [VIDEO]

Nov 14, 2012 8 Comments

This micro UAV can fly and hover using its four-wing design. The brainchild of engineers at Georgia Tech, the TechJect Dragonfly is 6 inches long, weighs around 25 g (0.88 oz) and is powered by a 250mAh lithium polymer battery that provides hover times of 8-10 minutes and a hybrid (hover/flight) time of 25 to [...]

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See the Space Station without a telescope

Nov 05, 2012 12 Comments

How cool is this?  To celebrate the 12th anniversary of astronauts living and working on the International Space Station, NASA is launching a new service to alert people when they can see the orbiting lab from their backyard! Sign up at Spot the Station and they will email or text you with a few hours’ [...]

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Full-size heli saves RC plane

Nov 05, 2012 22 Comments

Not only is this video fun to watch, it will make you feel good about humanity as well. In it, a pilot in a full-size helicopter saves an Hangar 9 P-51. Thanks to Failz4fun for posting it and to contributor Rich Uravitch for bringing it to our attention. (Note: this video contains language inappropriate for children.)

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Traxxas takes off!

Nov 02, 2012 1 Comment

The popular RC car manufacturer is now taking flight with two new machines! The QR-1 (Quad Rotor) and DR-1 (Dual Rotor) helicopters are equipped with gyro stabilization, 4-channel, 2.4GHz control and LiPo power with an included charger. The DR-1’s coaxial rotor design delivers super-stable hovering and easy control, while the ultra-responsive QR-1 is capable of [...]

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Pilot test: “Bambi Bucket” Competition

Oct 31, 2012 1 Comment

At the Helicopter Scale Masters in Sacramento earlier this month, competitors tested their piloting skills by manevuering their scale helis over a pool and picking up water with an underslung bucket. As YouTube poster Flynlyons notes, “Trying to hover a RC helicopter in one spot for more than a few seconds is rather difficult to [...]

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Flying inverted circuits and turns

Oct 31, 2012 No Comments

The safest way of entering your first inverted flight is by trying to stop your heli while it’s inverted at the top of a loop. Enter the loop at a nice comfortable height, and when the heli reaches the inverted stage, release the elevator back to neutral and increase negative pitch to hold it inverted. [...]

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Master the basics: straight and level flight

Oct 30, 2012 3 Comments

If you’ve seen individual IMAC maneuvers, you’ve probably noticed one factor that ties everything together: straight and level flight. When flying an aerobatic sequence, you must start and finish each of your maneuvers in straight and level flight. Since straight and level flight signifies the end of one maneuver and the beginning of the next [...]

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Office hijinks with the iStrike Shuttle

Oct 30, 2012 11 Comments

Deadlines can take a toll on even the most dedicated editor, which is why taking short breaks throughout the day is important to managing stress. What better way to relieve work tension than by dropping ping-pong balls on my unsuspecting coworkers? This iOS-controlled flyer is just the ticket, with a 30-foot range and flight times of [...]

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