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 [...]
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 [...]
Even remotely piloted vehicles can have a bad day at the field. In this YouTube video posted by German tabloid The Bild, an Australian RQ 7 Heron offers a first person view of a 2010 taxi accident with a C-130 in Afghanistan. According to Bild a junior officer put the Heron into auto start and then was unable [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!