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MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype

MyGeekShow is back! This week I finalized the design and built the 50% scale solar airplane prototype. I'll complete it's first flight next week!



My current mission is to build an RC airplane capable of indefinite flight, where solar panels installed on the wings power the airplane and charge the batteries by day, and then those same batteries power…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on July 4, 2015 at 2:57am — 22 Comments

USA Trip - Day 5 - The End





The final crashes that led the end of the USA trip. We gave it our best shot, but in the end, had to end the trip to ensure the safety of those around us.

Follow the trip and learn more on: http://mygeekshow.com/usatrip/

Thank you to Applied Aeronautics for supporting today's video:…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on December 5, 2014 at 9:17pm — 13 Comments

USA Trip - Day 4 - The Longest Day





Today we covered the most ground during the USA trip, over 300km (186mi)! We encountered and overcame so many challenges. These problems started to wear down our confidence and reduce our spare supplies.

Follow the trip and learn more on: http://mygeekshow.com/usatrip/

Thank you to Spotifly for supporting…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on December 4, 2014 at 10:13pm — 6 Comments

USA Trip - Day 3 - First Flight!





Today we successfully conducted our first USA trip flight! We overcame many challenges and experienced new ones that held us up for the day.

Follow the trip and learn more on: http://mygeekshow.com/usatrip/

Thank you to Event38 for supporting today's video:…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on December 3, 2014 at 7:42pm — 8 Comments

USA Trip - Day 2 - Setting Up



Today we set up the ground station, repaired and prepared the airplanes, conducted a flight test, and traveled to our launch location in Ventura, CA.

Follow the trip and learn more on: http://mygeekshow.com/usatrip/

Thank you to D.L. Engineering for supporting today's video:…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on December 2, 2014 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

USA Trip - Day 1 - Getting to California

Today I traveled from Arkansas to California to join the rest of the team and all the USA trip gear I mailed to our set up location in San Diego.

Follow the trip and learn more on: http://mygeekshow.com/usatrip/

Thank you to SudoLabs for supporting today's video:…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on December 1, 2014 at 4:14pm — 3 Comments

MyGeekShow's Daily USA Trip Videos Start December 1st

Finally! Time to publish and share my USA Trip Videos. I'll be releasing one each day starting December 1st through December 8th.

You can watch in on:

MyGeekShow's Website: http://mygeekshow.com/usatrip/

YouTube Channel:…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on November 24, 2014 at 4:20pm — 9 Comments

67% Funded - MyGeekShow Indiegogo USA Trip

Getting closer! Just about half way through the time on the USA trip indiegogo project (link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rc-airplane-flight-across-the-usa-mygeekshow), and just past 66% funded. I've added…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 26, 2014 at 8:54pm — 7 Comments

MyGeekShow Raising Money on Indiegogo for Flight Across USA

It is time! With three years of research behind us and less than two months left before the first flight on June 16th, it is time to gather all the equipment, reservations and team members together to make the USA trip!!

See all the details here:…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 21, 2014 at 7:30pm — 33 Comments

Emergency Auto Landing - APM saves sUAV

Mayday! Mayday! I tested the FPV system on the Raptor140B, with nearly disastrous results. Luckily, the APM was onboard to save the day!



I added the 400mw 1.3Ghz FPV transmitter to the 140B, and took it for a test flight. Right after take off I had significant control issues,…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 16, 2014 at 6:19am — 37 Comments

Follow Me Test! Success!

ArduPlane, APM2.6 and Mission Planner come together to make an awesome feature called "Follow Me" where the ground station sends the airplane it's GPS location and the airplane will go to that location, even follow it as it moves!

I tested it today and it performed…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 12, 2014 at 4:54am — 11 Comments

Long Range Telemetry Testing

RFD900 Telemetry: http://store.jdrones.com/jD_RD900_Telemetry_Bindle_p/rf900set01.htm



During the USA trip I'll need extra telemetry…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 10, 2014 at 9:28am — 38 Comments

NCR18650B - Flight Testing

Last week I did some bench testing on the NCR18650B Lithium Ion cells, and the results were very promising, showing twice the energy density as a LiPo. This week I wanted to get the packs out of the lab and in the air on the Raptor 100 for some real life testing.



First I tested what…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on March 22, 2014 at 5:06am — 24 Comments

MyGeekShow builds a flying wing crossbow launcher

After having some difficulty launching the heavier Raptor140B+ (carries three 5Ah batteries) I decided to invest the time into building a crossbow launcher.



It has a few key features that make it an excellent launch platform:

-Totally retains the airplane in all directions (gust of wind won't knock it off the the launcher)…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on March 15, 2014 at 4:10am — 13 Comments

MyGeekShow doing another Live Stream Cross Country Flight - 80km/50mi

 

This Saturday, March 15th at 08:00CST/14:00GMT I will be streaming live on ustream.tv http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mygeekshow a 80km/50mi cross country flight. I plan on landing at about 09:00CST/15:00GMT. I'll take the video and make it into an episode shortly thereafter.



Tweet or FaceBook me while I'm…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on March 12, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?

NCR18650B: A Lithium Ion battery with a ton of promise! People say it has twice the energy per gram as LiPos... but is that true? Lets test it!

But it doesn't stop there! I want to know how to actually use this on an RC Aircraft, how to charge it, what it's maximum amp draw is, how many watt hours of power does it have, and in the end, can you actually use these on RC…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on March 8, 2014 at 9:23am — 112 Comments

Split Elevon Air Brake Testing on Flying Wing

 

I wanted to see if I could use a split elevon and some serious mixing to use a split elevon as an airbrake for my flying wing. The Raptor 100 is light and pretty tough, a perfect test platform! Lets try it.

Split the elevons in 2/5 and 3/5 lengths (to compensate for the leverage on the outer wing), added two more servos and some serious mixing on my 9x...

Worked great!

I'm planning on using something similar on my larger, heavier Raptor 140B…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on February 12, 2014 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Crowd Sourcing the Raptor 140C

I'm getting closer to gathering all the components for the 140C, but am hitting a budget wall. If you'd like to support the show/USA trip, I've put some of the remaining items I need for "sale" on my website, or really a way to donate/support the trip.

I have to emphas…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on January 27, 2014 at 4:23pm — 15 Comments

Mission accomplished!

 

The objective was to fly over 60 minutes (1 hour) without stopping to replace or recharge the batteries. This test was to prove that flying at this weight and amp draw configuration was possible. Due it success, the 140c will be able to be constructed with similar characteristics, but be able to carry twice the watt/hours.

To accomplish this 62 minute flight I needed to add…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on January 25, 2014 at 4:00am — 14 Comments

MyGeekShow building a 120km+ range 115kph+ cruise Raptor140

Announcing the newest version of the Raptor 140! Its main objective is to fly over 120km(75mi) at 115kph(71mph) and send signals (including video!) over 3km(1.9mi). It should be ready to fly early February 2014. Anything you see in my design that I should reconsider?

Estimated Raptor 140c Stats:…

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Added by Trent at MyGeekShow on January 9, 2014 at 11:14am — 58 Comments

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