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Debra Cleghorn

X-47B carrier landing video!

X-47B carrier landing video!

Yesterday the U.S. Navy made history with the first UAV landing on an aircraft carrier, when the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator touched down on the USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia. Amazing video!
Dry-Cleaning Delivery Drone

Dry-Cleaning Delivery Drone

A freshly laundered shirt, covered in plastic, flaps in the wind as it takes flight from in front of Manayunk Cleaners. It wasn’t picked up by a breeze, though, rather a remote-controlled drone, which ferries the shirt across the sky on a delivery run to a nearby customer. “I’m all about technology and I see […]
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Sneak peek: 47% Bristol Bulldog

Sneak peek: 47% Bristol Bulldog

After he bought a JPX 425cc twin engine from a friend, Ian Turney-White’s next step was to decide what airplane to build to accommodate the massive powerplant. A 50% Gloster Gamecock? Nope … it would be too large to fit in Ian’s van? He wrote, “I really liked the [Gamecock’s] aluminum dope and gaudy squadron […]
Hexacopter films SpaceX Grasshopper

Hexacopter films SpaceX Grasshopper

In this video, a hexacopter captures video footage of the SpaceX Grasshopper as it reaches 325 meters (1066 feet)–higher than Manhattan’s Chrysler Building–before smoothly landing back on the pad. Part of a program that intends to test how rockets could return to Earth intact for a vertical landing on the launch pad instead of burning up […]
Do-It-Yourself Drone Kit

Do-It-Yourself Drone Kit

What can you envision flying? Your options are nearly unlimited with this multi-rotor kit! Jasper van Loenen, an independent designer working in the field of interaction/information, design and art, has created a custom DIY kit that can transform any household object into an unmanned aerial vehicle. Check it out!
Concrete: construction material of the future?

Concrete: construction material of the future?

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students David Haberman and Tyler Pojanowski  were the first to fly and safely land an 18-pound RC concrete aircraft. The flight was quick and wobbly with the landing equally erratic, but it was enough for the record books. The 18-pound plane held its own during a crash landing […]
How to exercise a dog with your RC plane

How to exercise a dog with your RC plane

Two of my favorite things: RC planes and dogs! This incredibly fun video showcases Chusty, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever with energy to burn, and a Precision Aerobatics Addiction. It looks like everyone is having a good time, and I’ll bet you can’t watch Chusty’s unbridled enthusiasm for RC without smiling. When asked if […]
20-foot Catalina Takes Off

20-foot Catalina Takes Off

After nearly four years (3000 hours!) of building, Australian RC pilot Stephen Thomas had the thrill of seeing his giant-scale project take off at the Darling Downs Soaring Club in Queensland. This 1/5-scale plane is powered by two Desert Aircraft 150s spinning 28×12 Metz props and it has 25kg-rated Hitec servos and custom Century Jet […]
Twin-turbine English Electric Lightning

Twin-turbine English Electric Lightning

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but compared to today’s modern, colorless fighters, classic jets had some panache. Take the English Electric Lightning, a supersonic interceptor of the ’60s and ’70s that reached double the speed of sound as the first British jet fighter. With twin stacked turbine engines, it even looked fast! In […]
Tremendous Texan’s First Flight!

Tremendous Texan’s First Flight!

Across the pond, RC models just keep getting bigger, like this 11.15-foot-span AT-6 Texan piloted by Adolf “Poldi” Leopold. Built from a Petrasuch kit, the fiberglass model is controlled by a Weatronics radio and has Wabo pneumatic landing gear, a fully detailed cockpit, functional lights and smoke. You’ll get chills when you listen to the Moki […]
Mind-control Helicopter?

Mind-control Helicopter?

With technology that brings the stuff of science fiction movies to life, scientists have been able to fly an RC quadcopter through an obstacle course using thought control! Check out the news and amazing video from the BBC: Researchers have harnessed the power of thought to guide a remote-control helicopter through an obstacle course. The demonstration joins […]
Meet the Shadow UAV at RCX!

Meet the Shadow UAV at RCX!

This weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center, you can get up close and personal with a Shadow UAV at the U.S. National Guard booth! The RQ-7 Shadow UAV is used by the United States Army, Marine Corps, Australian Army and Swedish Army for reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and battle damage assessment. Launched from a […]
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