Debra Cleghorn’s Blog

Micro UAV that plays “catch”!

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

Researchers at UPenn’s GRASP Lab have created a micro UAV that can grab objects while in flight! Using the same physics as a bird of prey, the UAV has a 128-gram grasping claw that replicates a sweeping motion to catch and release an object while maintaining its flight path. Check out the video!

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On a wing and a prayer …

Mar 13, 2013 13 Comments

Yes, you’re seeing that right. This inventor has strapped on a wooden, built-up wing and turbine jet and is taking a little test-flight to check things out. He appears to be using  an RC surface radio for control. You can see his wing and power pack in the taxi test video, and then the first [...]

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Navigation by “crash”

Mar 13, 2013 1 Comment

This UAV shows that there’s more than one way to get from point “A” to point “B”: it flies into objects and recovers until it finds a clear route! This actually makes sense when you hear that the AirBurr UAV is designed specifically to navigate close and dark spaces, like a collapsed mine or a [...]

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Assembling a (real!) P-47

Mar 08, 2013 No Comments

In this 1944 training film, a ground support crew assembles a P-47 in a field using nothing more than muscle, hand tools and the shipping crate the pieces arrive in. One of my favorite parts is in the beginning: a warning to “read all instructions before unpacking!”  Enjoy! Many thanks to Zenoswarbirdvideos for posting this [...]

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Project Zero: World’s First Electric Tilt-Rotor

Mar 08, 2013 2 Comments

AgustaWestland just unveiled a top-secret project: a man-carrying, electric tilt-rotor aircraft! Dubbed “Project Zero,” the aircraft’s two tilt rotors can take off and land vertically, hover like a helicopter and fly forward as fast and efficiently as a fixed-wing plane. Each rotor has its own electric motor that uses rechargeable batteries. Even cooler is that [...]

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Planes: preview a new Disney film

Mar 07, 2013 No Comments

Here’s another reason to be excited for summer! Mark your calendars, because “Planes” will be coming to a theater near you this August. Check out the trailer here:

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Hobby drones: illegal invasion of privacy?

Feb 21, 2013 30 Comments

A Texas state representative has recently sponsored a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to take photos with an unmanned aircraft without the permission of the property owner. This excerpt from a article by Rebecca Boyle is an interesting read. What do you think about the legality — or illegality — of RC [...]

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How to box a Mosquito

Feb 21, 2013 3 Comments

So how do you get a warbird safely from one side of the world to the other? Well, in the case of Jerry Yagen’s recently restored de Havilland Mosquito, known as KA114, it’s being disassembled and placed into a shipping container for it’s trip home to the U.S. New Zealand warbird experts Avspecs Limited rebuilt [...]

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Model Airplane News Executive editor. About me: I’m a publishing professional who has a passion for aviation and RC, and I love creating issues, books and a website that help RC pilots to enjoy this sport even more. I admire scale aircraft and enjoy the convenience of flying smaller electrics.
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