Thursday, April 16, 2009

You spin me right round baby, right round...

So the big day has come and gone, and the big question now is, what is next for rogue one. One of the biggest problems I saw with our demo was that since both motors spin in the same direction, the craft tends to pull HARD to the left at high speed, the only way to remedy that is to find a pair of counter rotating props, so that the rotation will b countered. This will lead to higher top speeds.

The only problem with that plan, is that no one seams to make props that small in a matched set for counter rotation, meaning I will have to go with much larger props, meaning I will have to extend the boom arms, and that the blimp will have a larger footprint.

I'm gonna place and order for a few sets of these and once they come in, time to start experimenting.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Weeeee, are the champions, of the worldofarduinouavs!

Just finished our presentation of Flying robot at LA ruby conf, AND IT WENT GREAT! I was worried when at the last minute we had to cut out our IR sensors due to weight and flaky signal. How ever we were able to pull together an autopilot system using the digital compass.

Luckily, I was able to narrowly avoid crashing into any expensive cars at the marconi museum where the event is being held.