I would like to try and build a UAV blimp. I probably have some of the required skills: techincal (pic, c++ and python programming), practical (some soldering), and theoretical (a physics major), but I have no experience in r/c airplanes or airships.
My idea would be to start with something easy, maybe just a diy R/C blimp, and expand it later step by step. What would be a good model to start? Something easy enough to build that can be expanded later, maybe with an ardupilot board an a wealth of sensors.
I have a lot of question, like:
How fast is a blimp? how much can it lift? can it lift a small wireless camera?
how long do the battery last?
In a house It's pointless to use a GPS to navigate, can you navigate with accelerometers? Has anyone tried? Can you recharge the battery in mid air?
But the most important question is, of course: is there guide/FAQ/HOWTO where I can find some information to start?