I just caught the Foreign Correspondent documentary on Drones, Rise of the machines, and I have to say it was quite balanced, it presented all the issues currently surrounding civilian UAVs quite well. It features Chris Anderson and Team…
"What are you worried about here exactly? Is it:
1) He's going to use the weaponised drone to wreak havoc?
- I doubt that, if that was the case he wouldn't be documenting it.
2) He's going to incite fear into the publics perception of UAVs?
Recently Ars Technica did a piece on software defined radio, using the Phi product as a centre piece, it got me thinking about its applications for drones.Software defined radio basically allows people to write programs which interact with radio…
"The wings are simply fold away, they don't represent the amount of buoyant force displaced. If you look closely (although I'll admit the video doesn't display this as well as it could have) the envelope itself is changing shape by being pulled in.…"
"The volume alteration is done by changing the shape of the envelope using nylon string and some internal motors. The envelope material is currently mylar and polyurethane combined together, but I might strengthen that with further testing."
This is an airship I designed for the UAVForge competition, it takes advantage of its ability to alter its volume (and thus its density) to take off and land. It is 6 ft long, however folds down into a rucksack. Some interesting technology I am…