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Project Zero Update!

Project Zero Update!

More photos and information has been released on this full-size, electric-powered tilt rotor aircraft. The entire aircraft uses no hydraulics; the retractable landing gear, nacelle tilting mechanism, and elevons are controlled by EMA. ORAL Engineering developed an efficient diesel engine for the alternative electric-hybrid propulsion solution and provided rapid CNC machining for the rotor and […]
The Golf Channel’s Octocopter

The Golf Channel’s Octocopter

This octocopter image was captured by Vine user Chad Coleman filming golfers at the  Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill. While it’s a little noisy, the octocopter can get previously inaccessible shots, and word is that The Golf Channel was testing it at this tournament. Watch the video from YouTube’s Slim Boogie below and tell us what you think!  
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Micro UAV that plays “catch”!

Micro UAV that plays “catch”!

Researchers at UPenn’s GRASP Lab have created a micro UAV that can grab objects while in flight! Using the same physics as a bird of prey, the UAV has a 128-gram grasping claw that replicates a sweeping motion to catch and release an object while maintaining its flight path. Check out the video!
On a wing and a prayer …

On a wing and a prayer …

Yes, you’re seeing that right. This inventor has strapped on a wooden, built-up wing and turbine jet and is taking a little test-flight to check things out. He appears to be using  an RC surface radio for control. You can see his wing and power pack in the taxi test video, and then the first […]
Navigation by “crash”

Navigation by “crash”

This UAV shows that there’s more than one way to get from point “A” to point “B”: it flies into objects and recovers until it finds a clear route! This actually makes sense when you hear that the AirBurr UAV is designed specifically to navigate close and dark spaces, like a collapsed mine or a […]
Assembling a (real!) P-47

Assembling a (real!) P-47

In this 1944 training film, a ground support crew assembles a P-47 in a field using nothing more than muscle, hand tools and the shipping crate the pieces arrive in. One of my favorite parts is in the beginning: a warning to “read all instructions before unpacking!”  Enjoy! Many thanks to Zenoswarbirdvideos for posting this […]
Project Zero: World’s First Electric Tilt-Rotor

Project Zero: World’s First Electric Tilt-Rotor

AgustaWestland just unveiled a top-secret project: a man-carrying, electric tilt-rotor aircraft! Dubbed “Project Zero,” the aircraft’s two tilt rotors can take off and land vertically, hover like a helicopter and fly forward as fast and efficiently as a fixed-wing plane. Each rotor has its own electric motor that uses rechargeable batteries. Even cooler is that […]
Planes: preview a new Disney film

Planes: preview a new Disney film

Here’s another reason to be excited for summer! Mark your calendars, because “Planes” will be coming to a theater near you this August. Check out the trailer here:
Hobby drones: illegal invasion of privacy?

Hobby drones: illegal invasion of privacy?

A Texas state representative has recently sponsored a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to take photos with an unmanned aircraft without the permission of the property owner. This excerpt from a PopSci.com article by Rebecca Boyle is an interesting read. What do you think about the legality — or illegality — of RC […]
How to box a Mosquito

How to box a Mosquito

So how do you get a warbird safely from one side of the world to the other? Well, in the case of Jerry Yagen’s recently restored de Havilland Mosquito, known as KA114, it’s being disassembled and placed into a shipping container for it’s trip home to the U.S. New Zealand warbird experts Avspecs Limited rebuilt […]
Red Bull Cobra Turbine Heli

Red Bull Cobra Turbine Heli

Check out Josef Schmirl’s 81-pound Red Bull Cobra masterpiece! Billed as the world’s largest RC heli, this turbine-powered machine sports incredible scale detail, including moving pilot figures that drink Red Bull! Thanks to YTschim for posting a YouTube video of this magnificent machine.
Multi-rotor with vectored thrust!

Multi-rotor with vectored thrust!

This unusual flying machine has two motor control: the upper motor pivots for pitch and the lower provides roll control. Pitch control is pendulum style, with the weight below the pivot point, and yaw is controlled by motor speed. Thanks to experimenter Matthew Wellington, who posted this video of his interesting creation on YouTube!
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