Debra Cleghorn

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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The future of air travel?

Oct 25, 2012 2 Comments

This bidirectional flying wing looks like science fiction, but it could be the airliner of the future … and it could get us to our destinations a lot more quickly! Check out this story from Technewsdaily: The supersonic, bidirectional flying wing idea comes from a team headed by Ge-Cheng Zha, an aerospace engineer at the [...]

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Surf surveillance

Oct 25, 2012 No Comments

  The new remote-control surveillance aircraft, a collaboration between Surf Life Saving Queensland and hi-tech firm V-TOL Aerospace, was set to take to the air at North Stradbroke Island today. A trial over Flinders Beach, between Adder Rock and Amity Point, was planned to test the unmanned aerial vehicle, which can be fitted with a [...]

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3D Printed Plane Takes Off

Oct 23, 2012 8 Comments

Here’s an interesting story out of the University of Virginia, where engineering students used 3D printing technology to create an RC aircraft: 3D printers are already being used to create machine parts and small toys, but engineers have now used the technology to build an entire vehicle: a plastic, unmanned airplane that actually flies. The plane, [...]

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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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