Gary Mortimer's Blog – October 2009 Archive (8)

AscTec Falcon 8

Very lucky last week to get the chance to fly one of these fantastically scfi machines. The chaps were over from Germany on a UK tour and I somehow cracked an invite.

Thats all of us looking very serious, I think an important thing to note is that there were four real helicopter pilots there!

That's the venue.

For 18,000 euros… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on October 25, 2009 at 10:24pm — 14 Comments

Am I the only person with no idea what this is for?

Its got tilt, and records, but no video out as far as I can tell, could be wrong.

But it does have a continuous mode, if it takes good enough images it might be worth a punt for stitches, but I'm guessing it will be as equally horrid as those that came before.

Slightly more… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on October 23, 2009 at 3:43pm — 10 Comments

T3 League Table

Not long left to enter round two, the round of doom! Only three entrants so far!

Above the league table combining scores for rounds one and two, Bill and Chris have an identical time this month so I think equal points are the only fair way to go.

Added by Gary Mortimer on October 7, 2009 at 11:07am — 6 Comments

The Xbox generation

Added by Gary Mortimer on October 6, 2009 at 9:58am — 3 Comments

2.4 Xbee in a box

As I fly lots of airframes I thought it might be a good idea to have a standalone tracker, so I put an Xbee in a box with a EM406 and its own battery. Very simple to setup using the meshing Xbees, makes me wonder if I added another and put it on a pole at a distance if it would not make a simple repeater, does anybody know.

Having its own power means that it will continue working should there be any issues with the airframes power, that does mean quite a bit of weight… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on October 5, 2009 at 9:52am — 16 Comments

The next T3 round, that would be round three! T3 3

Still a couple of weeks to run on this round which other than for a few brave souls seems to have proved impossible!

Next time lets try and break that Stanford record in 300' steps. If you don't have a clue what I'm on about, watch the video above and listen to the guys from Stanford on the Podcast for some… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on October 2, 2009 at 9:13am — 18 Comments

Manned aircraft stand in for Predators

From my fav tech website (and lots of other places, but you should know about The Register ;-) )

Manned 'Surrogate Predators' fill in for robot assassins

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Humans go into simulations, but not into real world

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Posted in Science, 1st October 2009 16:12 GMT

Making IT work In the real world. Is Open Source alone the… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on October 1, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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