Jack Crossfire's Blog – May 2010 Archive (4)

THIS WEEK IN AEROSPACE

A490 HELL, MARCY 1 BICOPTERS, UNEMPLOYMENT RETURNS



LOS GATOS CAMPAIGN



Returning to the place we saw MAJOR MARCY in real life for the 2nd &

final time, this campaign produced a lot of decent images & videos.…











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Added by Jack Crossfire on May 28, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

This week in aerospace

Camera mounts, Paramodels, Zeppelins, Marcy 1 bicopter





After a hard week of jury duty, Marcy 1 is getting converted to a bicopter like the Bladestar. In exchange for requiring more wing area for a given amount of lift, bicopters have a smaller rotor diameter & cancelling pitch forces which hopefully allow a smaller balance beam or lower RPM.



A sad finish to monocopters, for the moment.… Continue

Added by Jack Crossfire on May 21, 2010 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

SKY WRITING RETURNS

SHORT WAVE IR, GROUND VS. EMBEDDED, MARCY 2 NOTES,











Not to be outdone by Navy Aviator Heroine, Vika 1 made a UAV sky writing

video. The last video of skywriting was in 2008, using 1Hz GPS, no

barometer, & the T-Rex. It's the most technology ever thrown at a

single word. To this day, no-one else in the world has done it, believe

it or not.









Note ground… Continue

Added by Jack Crossfire on May 14, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Nothing's flying



So tweeked the nacelle angle to compensate for wind. GPS was only giving 0-2Hz. After autopilot took off & tried to turn her unsuccessfully, switched to manual. A gust of wind combined with the tweeked nacelle angle probably flipped her over. That was the end of Vika 1's 2nd fuselage & 3rd camera. $100 + $150 tax by our calculations.









You can see the tweeked nacelle angle in that 1.…



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Added by Jack Crossfire on May 7, 2010 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

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