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Black Hornet: micro flyer has a big job

Nov 14, 2013 1 Comment

This is serious RC! The Black Hornet nano drone, which can be carried in a soldier’s pocket, has an onboard camera that gives troops video and still images of hard-to-access places. Weighing only 16 grams (0.56 ounces), the Black Hornet looks like a tiny toy helicopter but it’s really a nano-size piece of military hardware.

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A new perspective on FPV

Nov 13, 2013 1 Comment

This video promises something different from all those FPV shots that show the foreground or background as the plane flies by. YouTube’s Secretspy711 writes that he was inspired by the “RotoR” continuous camera rotation mount that was developed for motorcyclists and skiers and decided to add it to his SkyHunter aircraft. The result is amazing!  (Fair warning: you may want [...]

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Honoring Veterans

Nov 11, 2013 3 Comments

Since our nation’s founding, the men and women of our military have protected our lives, our freedoms and the Constitution. Veterans are the backbone of these United States of America, and we appreciate your service.

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It rolls! It floats! It flies! It’s MUWA!

Nov 06, 2013 2 Comments

File this under “why didn’t I think of that?”! The University of Tokyo’s Multi-field Universal Wheel for Air-land vehicle (MUWA)  uses a foam wheel to balance sideways like a wheel and roll along the ground as well as land on water. Its four, independently controlled variable pitch props can direct thrust in two different directions, forcing [...]

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“Risque” nose art

Nov 06, 2013 73 Comments

Believe it or not, whenever any of our magazines show a scale model or full-size plane with even slightly “risque” nose art, I can practically guarantee that I’ll get a few letters from concerned parents who are upset that they have to censor our publication before giving it to their young sons. Modelers will know [...]

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New Blackbird: on the boards

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

In 1998, the last SR-71 Blackbird landed for the last time, but there’s reason for celebration: Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works is planning a more advanced version, Blackbird 2.0 if you will. The SR-72 will use a hypersonic engine that combines turbines and ramjets, and Lockheed says it will be TWICE as fast as the original SR-71 [...]

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Swiss “Gimball” takes collisions in stride

Oct 31, 2013 6 Comments

Ever see fly buzz a room, bouncing off windows and walls and somehow continuing on its insect mission? Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have created Gimball to borrow from the insect world. It uses sensors to navigate and its elastic cage and gyroscopically stabilized to bounce back from impacts, stay oriented and continue on [...]

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Drone Search & Rescue

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments

Multi rotors aren’t just useful for spy missions and getting great photography. In this emergency drill, the Roswell Flight Test Crew works with the local fire department in Eugene, Oregon to help save lives. Their mission is to assist firefighters in conducting a Hasty River search in a training scenario: a man floating down the river [...]

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