Chris Cloutier
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Chris Cloutier commented on Charles Blouin's blog post Pacific Drone Challenge
"Solar or diesel. Where's the Atlantik Solar team?"
Jan 17, 2018
Chris Cloutier commented on Luka's blog post KapetAir VTOL test flight
"Very elegant design. How do you prevent a nacelle or ground propeller strike when powering off the front motors after landing or an aborted take off?"
Nov 28, 2017
Chris Cloutier commented on's blog post My Bixler UAV project
"Looks really nice. Think about getting that pitot tube in clean air for best performance.  You may experience issues from turbulent air generated from the nose of the aircraft when yawing left.  Generally the pitot tube is either placed…"
Oct 23, 2017
Chris Cloutier commented on alexis lussier desbiens's blog post Aquatic drone with passive VTOL
"Fantastic concept, I love the idea!   Few questions: Is there a plan to keep the aircraft from drifting into an area that prevents taking off, i.e. tree cover, rocks, a river?  How do you intend to integrate the solar cells…"
Jun 6, 2017
Chris Cloutier commented on Bart Theys's blog post Meet CargoCopter: our latest generation of high-speed, long-range drones
"Brilliant design, I love the hybrid concept that bridges the gap. How are the flight characteristics with varying payloads?  Because your payload bay seems far forward of the CG, I'd imagine you may experience issues with different weight…"
May 31, 2017
Chris Cloutier commented on Mark's blog post F5J based UAV platform
"Cool! Maybe its just perspective, but thats a huuuuge fin."
Mar 7, 2017
Chris Cloutier commented on Patrick Meier's blog post Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest
"I'd love to see a solar assisted variant that drops the package and returns to home. The night time variant could carry a non-solar wing, more batteries, and nav lights."
Feb 13, 2017
Chris Cloutier commented on Jordi Muñoz's blog post [mRo] The new DIY store
"Fantastic news Jordi, you'll have my business!"
Nov 29, 2016
Chris Cloutier commented on Joe Renteria's blog post Helicopter Concept
Nov 23, 2016
Chris Cloutier commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Delft VTOL project uses helicopter-style main rotor for effeciency
"Great work and a novel approach! Have you tried larger control surfaces or large vertical control surfaces on centerline to aerodynamically counter torque? Curious if that would allow you to ditch the anti-torque motors, lighten up the load and…"
Sep 21, 2016
Chris Cloutier commented on Philipp Oettershagen's blog post Tackling the European refugee crisis with solar-powered UAVs: A fully-autonomous Pixhawk-powered 26-hour Search-and-Rescue flight
"Fantastic work!  The continuous milestones this project keeps on achieving always amazes me. Would you be kind enough to share any detailed information about the MPPT?  Thank you."
Aug 24, 2016
Chris Cloutier commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post PD-1 airframe and Unmanned Aerial System Solution
"Look here for modified Zenoah motors claiming use for UAV.  Again, afraid to run "tuned" motors in a professional application.  I'd prefer a heavier more efficient motor running happily at constant power than a tuned,…"
Aug 12, 2016
Chris Cloutier commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post PD-1 airframe and Unmanned Aerial System Solution
"Rob, I highly recommend giving RCV Engines a call.  They're located in the UK and have been making quite impressive motors for a very long time.  I used to sell their rotarys and compact 4 stroke nitro motors some time ago and was…"
Aug 12, 2016
Chris Cloutier commented on Jacob Cereteli's blog post PD-1 airframe and Unmanned Aerial System Solution
"The problem with a hobby RC engines is the low service life and high service interval.  Yes they produce a ton of power but efficiency and reliability are generally the desired traits of UAV engines. They're intended to be used a couple of…"
Aug 10, 2016
Chris Cloutier commented on Enterprise Drone Solutions's blog post Enterprise Drone Solutions announces Théa: the world’s first UAS to meet the high standards for an ​FAA Airworthiness Certificate
"It's a nice looking craft, don't get me wrong, but I believe your introduction is either premature or presented with blind ignorance. Many....most of the UAS startups that come and eventually go are guided by driven and very smart people.…"
Jul 28, 2016
Chris Cloutier commented on Sascha Helle's blog post New hexa- / octocopter carbon monocoque frames
"Looks really nice.  My main concern is the small contact surface area between the boom arm and the aluminum mating flange that the nut screws over to secure.  I'm afraid that under load and vibration, over time that may separate…"
Mar 16, 2016

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Grand tinkerer er er
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I'm interested in anything autonomous.
Denver Area

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New solar UAS record.

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 9:00pm 12 Comments

This is some really exciting news. Curious what FC is onboard. From the team:

The AtlantikSolar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle took off on June 30th at 11:14 o’clock to attempt the “holy grail” of solar-powered flight: The crossing of a full day-night cycle on solar-power alone. More…


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