Debra Cleghorn

News update on the human-powered heli [VIDEO]

Nov 16, 2012 3 Comments

If you’ve enjoyed the short clips I’ve shared on the University of Maryland students and their Gamera II human-powered helicopter, you’ll appreciate this news story and interview that gives more details on the heli’s construction as well as how they recruited their “meat motor” pilots (their term!).

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RC Dragonfly Spycraft [VIDEO]

Nov 14, 2012 8 Comments

This micro UAV can fly and hover using its four-wing design. The brainchild of engineers at Georgia Tech, the TechJect Dragonfly is 6 inches long, weighs around 25 g (0.88 oz) and is powered by a 250mAh lithium polymer battery that provides hover times of 8-10 minutes and a hybrid (hover/flight) time of 25 to [...]

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Veteran’s Day: Thank You

Nov 09, 2012 2 Comments

Our sincere thanks to all military veterans, whether they’re active duty, retired, reservists, National Guard, National Air Guard and more. You are the backbone of these United States, and we appreciate all that you have sacrificed for God and country. Happy Veterans Day.  

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See the Space Station without a telescope

Nov 05, 2012 12 Comments

How cool is this?  To celebrate the 12th anniversary of astronauts living and working on the International Space Station, NASA is launching a new service to alert people when they can see the orbiting lab from their backyard! Sign up at Spot the Station and they will email or text you with a few hours’ [...]

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Full-size heli saves RC plane

Nov 05, 2012 22 Comments

Not only is this video fun to watch, it will make you feel good about humanity as well. In it, a pilot in a full-size helicopter saves an Hangar 9 P-51. Thanks to Failz4fun for posting it and to contributor Rich Uravitch for bringing it to our attention. (Note: this video contains language inappropriate for children.)

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Pilot test: “Bambi Bucket” Competition

Oct 31, 2012 1 Comment

At the Helicopter Scale Masters in Sacramento earlier this month, competitors tested their piloting skills by manevuering their scale helis over a pool and picking up water with an underslung bucket. As YouTube poster Flynlyons notes, “Trying to hover a RC helicopter in one spot for more than a few seconds is rather difficult to [...]

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Office hijinks with the iStrike Shuttle

Oct 30, 2012 11 Comments

Deadlines can take a toll on even the most dedicated editor, which is why taking short breaks throughout the day is important to managing stress. What better way to relieve work tension than by dropping ping-pong balls on my unsuspecting coworkers? This iOS-controlled flyer is just the ticket, with a 30-foot range and flight times of [...]

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Robobee takes flight

Oct 29, 2012 12 Comments

This news story from Gizmag takes a look at Harvard’s amazing Robobee, a tiny air vehicle that uses its wings to take off and maneuver. Don’t miss this video! Harvard researchers are getting closer to their goal of developing a controllable micro air vehicle called the Robobee. The tiny robot was already capable of taking [...]

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