Debra Cleghorn

Bird on a wire: Scan Eagle lands on USS Ponce

Oct 23, 2012 4 Comments

Here’s a great new video from PBS News of a Scan Eagle being caught in the wire, a deceptively simple way of recovering a UAS to a moving ship. It really is the benchmark UAS fixed wing system. ScanEagle launches autonomously and uses a patented no-nets recovery solution for recovery. The system recovers with its wing [...]

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Looking for Bigfoot?

Oct 16, 2012 2 Comments

You’re on the hunt for an reclusive,  nocturnal creature that lives deep in undeveloped forest and has eluded capture (or definitive proof of its existence) throughout human history. What tool can you use to find the hairy beast? An RC airship, of course! Whether you’re a believer or not, you’ll be impressed by the ingenuity of the [...]

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Another human-powered heli

Oct 16, 2012 5 Comments

There’s another contender for the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for the first human-powered helicopter! Enter Atlas, from AeroVelo. This machine has successfully flown and seems to be giving the University of Maryland team’s Gamera II a run for the money. Gizmag’s James Holloway writes, “Fundamentally, Atlas is designed upon a very similar principle to Gamera II [...]

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Wingsuits: true first-person flying!

Oct 03, 2012 1 Comment

This video pick is not for the faint of heart! It shows an upclose view of what it’s like to glide down a mountainside at speeds over 100mph, just a heartbeat away from terra firma. Check it out! Unless you’ve been stranded on an island for a few years, you’ve undoubtedly seen footage of those [...]

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RC Outback Rescue

Oct 02, 2012 8 Comments

Imagine this: you’re lost in the vast, arid Australian outback after you left your disabled vehicle and decided to walk to the nearest town. Your water supply is running out, and your cell phone battery is dead. Then, you hear the whine of a 2-stroke engine, and an RC plane that has been searching for you [...]

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Welcome to Fall

Sep 24, 2012 8 Comments

In honor of the first week of fall, sit back and enjoy this great 3-minute video of autumn in Alaska. The footage was shot by a 38-inch scratchbuilt RC plane and captures the spectacular scenery on Karma Ridge. Enjoy your moment of Zen from YouTube’s MountainSnowFlyer. (If you don’t feel more relaxed after watching this clip, [...]

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Need to charge your phone? Call a quadcopter!

Sep 19, 2012 No Comments

This latest news from Extreme Tech comes from Sebastian Anthony and, if you’ve ever searched desperately for an empty wall socket at an airport, it’s the answer to your prayers! “The University of Nebraska’s NIMBUS Lab has developed unmanned quadcopters that can fly around and wirelessly transmit power to devices. Ostensibly these UAVs have the [...]

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The “Pancake” Lives On

Sep 19, 2012 7 Comments

During WW II, every manufacturer was aggressively seeking ways of squeezing more performance out of aircraft. Unfortunately, virtually all of those sometimes unorthodox experimental aircraft have disappeared. This is what makes the displaying of the most unorthodox of them all, the Vought V-173 “Flying Flap Jack,” at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field [...]

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