Debra Cleghorn

Tour a medieval wonder of the world

Dec 17, 2013 1 Comment

You’re busy, and stressed, and still haven’t checked off all the names on your Christmas list. And that’s exactly why you should spend the next 2 minutes watching this video. Filmed by Cambridge Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, it shows one of their UAVs at work filming the inside and outside of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, England, one of the medieval wonders [...]

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Colossal Cub! 26-foot-span RC aircraft

Dec 17, 2013 2 Comments

Hold on to your hats: this truly giant-scale RC Cub will blow your mind! Weighing in at 345 pounds without fuel, this model has a gross weight of 560 pounds and is more than 16 feet long. Built by Eddie Hewett, it belongs to and is flown by Vince Blasky of Walled Lake, Michigan, and [...]

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Ultralight DelFly Explorer

Dec 17, 2013 1 Comment

Taking its design cues from microlight indoor RC flyers, this flapping-wing micro air vehicle can fly with complete autonomy in unknown environments! That means this 20-gram aircraft can take off by itself, then use its onboard 4-gram onboard stereo vision system to keep itself at the same altitude and avoid obstacles! Its sensing and processing [...]

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A different kind of drone delivery

Dec 02, 2013 3 Comments

In other news this weekend, four people were arrested in Morgan, Georgia, for trying to deliver contraband material to inmates at the Calhoun State Prison.  Police commented, “After we gained consent to search the car, we found the helicopter and I don’t know exactly how much it was but probably about one or two pounds of [...]

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Amazon’s “Delivery by Drone” … What do you think?

Dec 02, 2013 63 Comments

Everyone’s talking about Amazon’s proposed Prime Air “delivery by drone,”  which would get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. Amazon notes, ”Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.” Check out their footage [...]

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Fly like a … jellyfish?

Nov 26, 2013 1 Comment

Leif Ristroph, an applied mathematician a NYU, created this unique aircraft, which weighs just 2 grams and is 8 centimeters in diameter. The aircraft’s four wings flap 20 times a second to keep it aloft. Half its weight is the motor, and for now the flying jellyfish is tethered to a power cord. The most intriguing part, though, [...]

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Let’s give thanks!

Nov 26, 2013 5 Comments

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, our thoughts naturally turn to those items we couldn’t live without. Here’s a top 10 list of things of what the editors and contributors of Model Airplane News and Electric Flight appreciate having. What RC/modeling innovations are you thankful for?   Almost-ready-to-fly planes. Building is fun, but you’ve got [...]

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African Lions Meet RC

Nov 25, 2013 No Comments

OK, so this post is NOT about aerial photography, but it’s so very cool I had to share. “Car L,” an RC 4×4 buggy equipped with a Nikon D800E, drives up to a pride of lions, and this video is the result. The curious cats seem to enjoy their new playmate! Our thanks to ChrisMcLennan for posting [...]

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