Debra Cleghorn’s Blog

FPV Heron Crash

Jul 17, 2013 6 Comments

  Even remotely piloted vehicles can have a bad day at the field. In this YouTube video posted by German tabloid The Bild, an Australian RQ 7 Heron offers a first person view of a 2010 taxi accident with a C-130 in Afghanistan.  According to Bild a junior officer put the Heron into auto start and then was unable [...]

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X-47B carrier landing video!

Jul 11, 2013 4 Comments

Yesterday the U.S. Navy made history with the first UAV landing on an aircraft carrier, when the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator touched down on the USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia. Amazing video!

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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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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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How to exercise a dog with your RC plane

Jul 02, 2013 11 Comments

Two of my favorite things: RC planes and dogs! This incredibly fun video showcases Chusty, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever with energy to burn, and a Precision Aerobatics Addiction. It looks like everyone is having a good time, and I’ll bet you can’t watch Chusty’s unbridled enthusiasm for RC without smiling. When asked if [...]

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