Ionut's Blog (15)

Smallest Formula 1 Car model in the world

The length of the model car  is the smallest in the world is only 0285 mm, more or less the equivalent of a grain of sand.In order to achieve such a model of formula 1 car it took less than 4 minutes.. It was made ​​up of 100 microscopic layers, each consisting of 200 lines as…


Added by ionut on March 23, 2013 at 12:16pm — 5 Comments

Improving GPS accuracy

It seems there are methods to increase accuracy of the GPS location to cm using a reference station network.

Real Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation  is a technique used in land survey and in …


Added by ionut on February 12, 2012 at 2:00pm — 24 Comments

Solar Ship sails the skies, schlepps supplies

"By crossing airships with airplanes, Solar Ship is planning to build a craft that can carry heavy loads long distances with a tiny carbon footprint. Filled with helium, they soak up rays from the sun to provide the energy for forward motion and fulfill its original design challenge – carry 1,000 kilograms (2,205 lbs) of payload 1,000 kilometers (621.4 miles). The craft is heavier than air,…


Added by ionut on October 23, 2011 at 1:44am — 4 Comments

Testing the quad


Tired of cutting your fingers during the testing stage of your quad.


Then make some thin cardboard short propellers.Your fingers will thank you.



Added by ionut on September 21, 2011 at 1:13am — 8 Comments

Quad with variable pitch made with Trex600 parts

What do you think about making a variable pitch quad  with Trex 600 tail rotor assambly parts.


It's using a outrunner motor and a servo for each 70cm blade.


It's also for sale(around 400$)…


Added by ionut on July 12, 2011 at 12:59pm — 9 Comments

Biggest UAV to date-Russian Buran

The Buran spacecraft (RussianБура́нIPA: …


Added by ionut on March 12, 2011 at 1:02am — 11 Comments

The second Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle was launched


The second Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV, left Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 2:46 p.m. PT, atop an Atlas V rocket, Boeing said.

"History was made in December when the X-37B became the United States' first unmanned vehicle to return from space and land on its own," Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence…


Added by ionut on March 6, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Discontinued Robonica Roboni-I Programmable Gaming Robot selling cheap: $60

[Moderator's note: this product has been discontinued and I think the company that made it went bust, so buyer beware--this is an overstock item and may not be supported]


-World’s first programmable intelligent gaming robot

-Roboni-i will grow dynamically with its owner and…


Added by ionut on March 3, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

New record was set for the absolute duration of an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) flight

The UK-built solar-powered Zephyr aeroplane has been confirmed as a record-breaker following its non-stop two-week flight earlier this year.



Added by ionut on December 25, 2010 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments

Robot cars invade California, on orders from Google

CNet article:…

Added by ionut on October 10, 2010 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Wing span vs takeoff weight

I'm new to rc planes.In a previous post I expressed my opinion about Muliplex EZ Star.Now I'm ready to upgrade to something more durable.

I see people fly all kind of airplanes:slowflyers, acrobatic, gliders,hotliners,etc.

I felt in love with fiberglass hotliners.But they come in different sizes:1.5 to 3 meters span(even more).
I almost bought the plane shown here.It's a custom made…

Added by ionut on July 26, 2010 at 2:27am — 8 Comments

RC Airplanes Close to 400 mph using dynamic soaring

Here is a video with some airplanes that use Dynamic Soaring to fly close to 400 mph…

Added by ionut on July 23, 2010 at 2:30am — 8 Comments

Best plane for UAV application

I know this is an endless subject, but I must tell you how disappointed I was when I tried Multiplex EasyStar.I attached some pictures of my plane.It looks good, but flying caracteristics are weak.

My plane is stock:Permax 400/6v motor with 12,5 x 11 cm propeller.

The stock version is useless for UAV and…

Added by ionut on July 15, 2010 at 2:37pm — 11 Comments

Boeing taps hydrogen for Phantom Eye UAV


Added by ionut on July 12, 2010 at 9:32pm — No Comments

near miss between model plane and Pacific Blue 737-800 at perth Airport

On the 20th April it was revealed that a Pacific Blue 737-800 had been involved in a near miss with a model aircraft whilst on final approach to Perth International airport's runway 03. It was alleged that the owner and operator of the model aircraft had took off from a park nearby and delibretly flown the model aircraft with in 30 metres of the 737-800, this has since sparked a CASA (civil aviation safety authority) investigation into the incident. Police and CASA are continuing with their… Continue

Added by ionut on June 6, 2009 at 12:33pm — 5 Comments

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