Agmatthews's Blog – September 2011 Archive (4)

Fancy LED lighting option for your flying machine

Today I spotted this "Digital Addressable RGB LED with PWM waterproof flexi strip" from Adafruit.

Each LED in this strip is individually addressable, meaning you can set the colour and brightness of each LED separately.

Imagine the…

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Added by agmatthews on September 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Infrared beacon guidance for the arducopter

Following Leon's great blog post showing the use of a camera from a WII remote as a 3D position sensor for his helicopter, I've been tinkering and now have a…

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Added by agmatthews on September 26, 2011 at 5:00am — 31 Comments

Optic flow and the Franken aeroplane doing aerobatics

Australian scientists have developed a novel autopilot that guides aircraft through complex aerobatic manoeuvres by watching the horizon like a honey bee. Allowing aircraft to quickly sense which way is up. By imitating how honeybees see, engineers and researchers have made…

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Added by agmatthews on September 15, 2011 at 4:51am — 1 Comment

It's not unmanned but it is electric flight!

On August 12, electrical/aerospace engineer and helicopter pilot Pascal Chretien took to the air in the world's first untethered, fully electric manned helicopter flight in a prototype machine that he designed and built almost entirely by himself within a 12 month development period. In his 2 minute, 10 second test flight, Chretien beat aviation giant Sikorsky…

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Added by agmatthews on September 8, 2011 at 1:45am — 4 Comments

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