Curt Olson's Comments

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At 1:08pm on November 23, 2008, lightweight said…
thank you curt ... this was the first useful feedback that i received so i decided i must be in the wrong discussion group and closed it.

i'll work my side and see what we might be able to do. ...
note: we will seek out a few to test the prototypes once we are ready.

At 10:40pm on December 1, 2008, Jason Robert said…
Thats awesome. I will find time to sit down with you if your coming out here. I would love to learn more about some of this stuff. Let me know when your going to be here.

At 8:25pm on December 5, 2008, corey said…
do you teach at the u of m?
At 9:42pm on December 6, 2008, corey said…
oh okay, i thought i saw something about the u on your website and i guess i misinterpreted it.

thats interesting though, are you involved with the uav research group there? i'm going to be transferring to a university next fall and am curious how the u of m's aerospace engineering program compares with other public universities. have any thoughts on that one?
At 7:37pm on December 9, 2008, corey said…
yeah that would be great, the malolo looks impressive especially with water landing capability!
At 7:41am on December 28, 2008, Paul Marsh said…
Hi Curt,

I'd love to see your set up. When you're ready, just give me a shout. My home number is (952)445-0498.

At 2:49pm on January 22, 2009, corey said…
how did the ocean demos go?
At 10:31pm on January 22, 2009, corey said…
its too bad about the receiver. i work for tsa and can tell you that it's not likely that someone deliberately took it, but there may be a chance they had to search your property and they mistakenly didn't replace it. was there an inspection notice anywhere inside when you got to hawaii? generally luggage rolls through xray machines without any human interaction, unless it detects something suspect, at which point a person would put their hands on it.

i can provide you with the number to call where they maintain lost property. the guy has been there forever and logs everything that comes and goes, so if they have it he'd know. you wouldn't believe all weird crap they have have down there. but they do only retain it for a period of time before it's given to charity, so let me know soon if you want the number!

i guess on the lighter side, you got 1 successful flight and maybe even a tan!
At 12:03am on December 23, 2009, automatik said…
Hi Curt,
due to your familiarity with FlightGear I figured to ask you: what is GPS resolution as reported by FlightGear? I think that for x-plane sim it's about 165 meters ( 0.1 miles) for longitude and 107m ( 0.07 miles) for lat - can FlightGear's GPS provide GPS data with better resolution?
At 1:53am on December 23, 2009, automatik said…
Hi Curt,
I had an 'oops' moment with my earlier comment to you - x-planes GPS resolution is much better then what I mentioned - I had a bug in the code where I am decoding the data....I would still be interested in FlightGear's GPS data resolution..
At 6:42am on December 23, 2009, Curt Olson said…
Hi Automatik,

FlightGear stores lon/lat position as doubles, so depending on your interface mechanism, you can get the full "double" resolution if you like. It's been too long since I've worked out exactly what that is, but it's very very precise ... and much more accurate than any real gps would be, even with differential correction.

Best rgards.
At 4:02am on May 24, 2010, tejeshwi said…
Hi Curt,

I went through the Rascal110 files on after downloading them. I have also gone through the engine and aircraft configuration files in the xml version through which i came to know that the Rascal110 uses Zenoah 26A engine which as written in the engine file is an electric engine. However, to my surprise, in the configuration file of Rascal110, some fuel tanks have been explicitly mentioned to be existing on the Rascal110. I am really very confused about the aircraft configuration fo the Rascal110. If it uses an electric engine, then why does it need a fuel tank? Please resolve my confusion. Hope to hear from you soon. You can write to me at

At 5:59pm on April 13, 2012, Cy St-Amand said…

Hi Curt, yep that's me.  Was a great voyage with Gregory and David.  I sent you a reply a few minutes ago, so this may be a repeat.  Uncertain how this format works yet.  It is great to meet you, Greg discussed your work a bit with me.  

At 6:14pm on April 13, 2012, Cy St-Amand said…

Hi Curt, magnetic issues resolved by placing quad on plastic support 5 feet off of steel deck.  Landing still tricky.  Was a great trip with Gregory and David.  I am now headed out for another 49 days on the R/V Kittiwake, with a pilot helicopter and Cineflex camera doing killer whale and grey whale filming.  Wish I could have done this with a drone. Then I will be out for 60 days on my R/V Right Whale.  This Fall I will get fully involved in drone platforms.  Stop on by Seward any time and say hello.  How are your projects going?

At 1:30pm on March 28, 2013, Curt Olson said…

Hi John,

I am mostly a worker bee on this project, so I'd recommend you call up ATI (phone # at, ask for Tim and discuss details directly with him.

The design is currently scaled for aircraft up to maybe 12-15 lbs, but could be enhanced to support larger aircraft.

We also have a flying wing airframe and are doing our first 6 unit production run on those.  The launcher and airframe are well matched and designed so you can run up the throttle to full (pre launch) and launch at full throttle.

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