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Surf surveillance

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

  The new remote-control surveillance aircraft, a collaboration between Surf Life Saving Queensland and hi-tech firm V-TOL Aerospace, was set to take to the air at North Stradbroke Island today. A trial over Flinders Beach, between Adder Rock and Amity Point, was planned to test the unmanned aerial vehicle, which can be fitted with a [...]

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3D Printed Plane Takes Off

Oct 23, 2012 8 Comments

Here’s an interesting story out of the University of Virginia, where engineering students used 3D printing technology to create an RC aircraft: 3D printers are already being used to create machine parts and small toys, but engineers have now used the technology to build an entire vehicle: a plastic, unmanned airplane that actually flies. The plane, [...]

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Bird on a wire: Scan Eagle lands on USS Ponce

Oct 23, 2012 4 Comments

Here’s a great new video from PBS News of a Scan Eagle being caught in the wire, a deceptively simple way of recovering a UAS to a moving ship. It really is the benchmark UAS fixed wing system. ScanEagle launches autonomously and uses a patented no-nets recovery solution for recovery. The system recovers with its wing [...]

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Looking for Bigfoot?

Oct 16, 2012 2 Comments

You’re on the hunt for an reclusive,  nocturnal creature that lives deep in undeveloped forest and has eluded capture (or definitive proof of its existence) throughout human history. What tool can you use to find the hairy beast? An RC airship, of course! Whether you’re a believer or not, you’ll be impressed by the ingenuity of the [...]

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Another human-powered heli

Oct 16, 2012 5 Comments

There’s another contender for the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for the first human-powered helicopter! Enter Atlas, from AeroVelo. This machine has successfully flown and seems to be giving the University of Maryland team’s Gamera II a run for the money. Gizmag’s James Holloway writes, “Fundamentally, Atlas is designed upon a very similar principle to Gamera II [...]

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Wingsuits: true first-person flying!

Oct 03, 2012 1 Comment

This video pick is not for the faint of heart! It shows an upclose view of what it’s like to glide down a mountainside at speeds over 100mph, just a heartbeat away from terra firma. Check it out! Unless you’ve been stranded on an island for a few years, you’ve undoubtedly seen footage of those [...]

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Warbirds over the Rockies

Oct 02, 2012 No Comments

Check out this great video from a Denver news station covering the 9th annual Warbirds over the Rockies event! With hundreds of scale fighters and bombers, this annual event features noon demo flights with pyrotechnics, flyovers by full-scale planes and more!

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SVU-200 UAV Heli’s First Flights

Oct 02, 2012 3 Comments

Hunan Sunward Systems’ new SUV-200 is not an existing helicopter converted to a UAV, but was designed from the ground up as a “large helicopter made small,” and not a “small RC helicopter made big,” like most all other UAV helicopters to date.  All parts were specifically designed and built for this project and are unique, [...]

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