Debra Cleghorn

Hybrid Quadcopter UAV

Aug 27, 2013 2 Comments

What has the long-distance capability of a Predator and can take off and land like a helicopter?  Meet Latitude Engineering’s Hybrid Quadcopter. This 25-pound, electric-powered prototype UAV looks like a twin-boom drone but has four multi-rotor blades.  Bayani Birkinbine, a design engineer on the project, says that flying it was a challenge. “There are  autopilots [...]

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Incredible Orange F-16

Aug 27, 2013 10 Comments

The biannual Jet World Masters is taking place now in Meringen, Switzerland, and you can bet there are some amazing models in the air! One of them is Gerald Rutten’s F-16, featured in his video below. Gerald notes that he placed second in static judging with this jet at the 2011 event, and the model wasn’t [...]

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Quadcopter as companion (and more!)

Aug 20, 2013 4 Comments

A new project unveiled on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com named “Spiri” is a pretty little flyer that can be anything you want it to be! Inventor Patrick Edwards-Daugherty writes, “Meet Spiri, the programmable, autonomous flying robot. Designed for you and your projects. Spiri is a versatile, airborne Linux device with sensors, cameras, wifi, cloud support, development [...]

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Niagara Falls: a new perspective

Aug 07, 2013 3 Comments

Combine a GoPro camera with a stable, maneuverable quadcopter and you can see the world from a brand-new perspective. This great video has footage of Niagara Falls captured by a DJI Phantom and GoPro Here 3, and it is breathtaking, mesmerizing and will take your stress level from level 10 to at least a 4. [...]

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Wing walking (really!)

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments

This flying robot can use its wings to navigate on the ground, even over rough terrain! Its creator, the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, notes, “The robot is capable of walking with different gaits, it can move on different surfaces, it can overcome high obstacles, and can also navigate in rough terrains. The robot presented in [...]

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Incredible Scratch-Built Rotary Engine

Jul 29, 2013 14 Comments

Andy Johnston must take his RC modeling very seriously … why else would he spend over 3 years building a true-to-scale, rotary Bentley engine spending another 2 years building an Avro 504K from plans, specifically for the engine?  The 9-cylinder powerplant has cast-iron liners that are 1mm thick, aluminum finned barrels and a total of [...]

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Self-assembling Multi-Rotors!

Jul 22, 2013 No Comments

Researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated an amazing capability for small robots to self-assemble and take to the air as a multi-rotor helicopter. Maximilian Kriegleder and Raymond Oung worked with Professor Raffaello D’Andrea at his research lab to develop the small hexagonal pods that assemble into flying rafts. The true accomplishment of this research is [...]

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Take a ride in the electric eSpyder!

Jul 17, 2013 4 Comments

Electric power isn’t just for RC models and drones anymore! The German government just announced its certification of eSpyder, an all-electric ultralight that carries a single pilot, and this makes eSpyder the first certified, all-electric man-carrying plane!  Developed and soon to be produced by Yuneec International, based in Kunshan, China, a U.S.-based company called GreenWing Intl. will market, sell and support the line. The [...]

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