Editors Blogs

Dry-Cleaning Delivery Drone

Jul 10, 2013 2 Comments

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 [...]

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Sneak peek: 47% Bristol Bulldog

Jul 10, 2013 2 Comments

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 [...]

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Hexacopter films SpaceX Grasshopper

Jul 09, 2013 4 Comments

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 [...]

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Do-It-Yourself Drone Kit

Jul 08, 2013 6 Comments

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!

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Giant Spitfire ARF Sneak Peek!

Jul 03, 2013 2 Comments

We just got back from the flying field after test flying the new giant scale Spitfire ARF from Top Flite. This 50cc warbird flies great and it is equipped with Robart’s new electric retracts. The Spitfire took off easily at half power with the DLE 50 turning a Falcon 23×10 propeller! Wow! With a Best [...]

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Concrete: construction material of the future?

Jul 03, 2013 18 Comments

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students David Haberman and Tyler Pojanowski  were the first to fly and safely land an 18-pound RC concrete aircraft. The flight was quick and wobbly with the landing equally erratic, but it was enough for the record books. The 18-pound plane held its own during a crash landing [...]

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The Rolling Harrier

Jul 02, 2013 3 Comments

The rolling harrier requires tremendous hand-eye coordination and quick reflexes just to fly it.  While it’s true that the rolling harrier has a certain input rhythm and it will take some time to learn it.  But once a pilot has mastered it, that same input can be applied to many other rolling harrier maneuvers.  To make [...]

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The astounding athletic power of quadcopters

Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

  In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D’Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together — and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.

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