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Meet Hexapod, the walking, flying robot

Dec 19, 2012 6 Comments

No surprise that this insanely cool creation comes from a company called “Mad Lab Industries!” A cross between a quadcopter and a hexapod, this awesome robot can walk, fly, pick up items and even show off some slick dance moves. Get the inside story from the Mad Lab guys below, and don’t miss the videos, [...]

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A UAV equipped with an arm!

Dec 12, 2012 7 Comments

DARPA just announced that they’ve successfully flown a UAV that’s equipped with a functioning robotic “arm”! In its stock configuration, the MLB V-Bat can take off, fly horizontally and then hover, tail-down, at its destination. Now equipped with the “arm,” it can move objects while hovering! Here’s the scoop from Gizmag‘s Ben Coxworth: “The DARPA [...]

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Drones to catch rhino poachers!

Dec 07, 2012 2 Comments

Google just announced plans to help the World Wildlife Fund buy drones that will fly over the endangered animals to take photos of poachers that can be used to catch and prosecute them. RC helps conservation … what could be better?

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RC Plane Program Helps Troubled Youth

Dec 05, 2012 3 Comments

We love this story about how the Rotors and Props Hobby Club in Grovetown, Georgia is helping troubled youth to “fly right” — pun intended. Just in time for the holidays, this  story by Valerie Rowell at the Columbia County News-Times will warm your heart. [Note: we're tracking down this hobby club so we can [...]

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Crash-resistant robot can roll or fly! [VIDEO]

Nov 29, 2012 1 Comment

This hybrid flyer dubbed “HyTAQ” from the Robotics Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology can fly over obstacles as well as roll on the ground when it’s too windy or to save on power. The quadcopter inside the cylinder is attached via shafts to the outer “wheels,” so it can roll in any direction.  Darren Quick of Gizmag writes: “With the quadrotors providing [...]

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X-47B arrives onboard USS Harry S Truman

Nov 28, 2012 13 Comments

After extensive tests on land, the 62-foot-span X-47B UAV arrived onboard an aircraft carrier for over-water flights. Check out the details and videos from from the U.S. Navy: The Navy hoisted an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Nov. 26, in preparation for an unmanned aircraft’s [...]

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Hellcat wreckage found off Miami Beach

Nov 27, 2012 No Comments

The crew of a research submarine studying artificial reefs off Miami-Dade County has discovered the mostly intact wreck of a U.S. Navy World War II fighter plane lying upside down 240 feet deep off Miami Beach.Researchers aboard the Antipodes were using three-dimensional sonar gear to investigate a blip on the sea floor last June when [...]

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The Giant Benoist Flies! [VIDEO]

Nov 26, 2012 3 Comments

Bob Walker’s 15-foot-span giant-scale flying boat has taken to the air! This RC model was built to celebrate the 10oth anniversary of the first passenger carrying aircraft in the world (on January 1, 1914 the full-size Benoist flew a passenger from St. Petersburg to Tampa). Here’s a note from Bob: HEY GUYS  WE FLEW the [...]

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