26. May 2014 17:10 by outbackuav
in Hardware, Posts, Videos
This is one project I can't wait to see finished. Melanie Vermeulen is building a EDF version of the F-35 VTOL fighter complete with the weird but ingenious jet nozzle which redirects thrust rearwards or downwards as shown in this video:
Closeup of the nozzle:
Here it is hovering with an impressive amount of control.
Here is the real thing doing a vertical takeoff although I wonder if, like the Harrier, it won't be doing many vertical takeoffs in operational use because lifting a full fuel load off the ground ends up using a large proportion of that fuel.
22. May 2014 10:24 by outbackuav
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Amazing, an American report on "drones" that is actually positive - it has a very nice showreel video and a basic how to get started blurb with no mentions of Yemen, drones killing US citizens, the FAA or privacy - all that stuff is in the comments of course.
7. May 2014 21:39 by outbackuav
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I got interested in the whole FPV thing about 4 years ago when I stumbled on a video of a guy sitting on the roof of a classic northern New South Wales hippy shack. It was shot from what I now know to be a multicopter and it blew me away. I've lost the link sadly.
Since it was a home grown vid that got me into this I thought I'd do a post of some of the prominent locals in the scene.
In no particular order:
Thomas and his Dad Paul live in Melbourne and do a great job of showing off FPV flying. The frequency of new videos has slowed a bit but I think Thomas' school work might be the reason. Either way quality before quantity!
If Jamie Oliver was reviewing Monjon's videos he'd say "blummin' Gorgeous!" - super scenery in the Kimberly region of Western Australia. Living in inner-inner-Sydney I'm very jealous of all that flying space.
From what I can tell Juz is a ranger in Victoria who is a tester with the Revo or Revolution flight controller. He really puts his copters under pressure. I'm not a copter enthusiast (not rich enough!) but his videos are great and non-Aussies seem to love that he often gets a mob or 'roos into shot.
A keen slope soarer from my old home state of South Australia who makes all sorts of vids.
And the The Russell Crowe Honorary Strayan Award goes to:
OK OK he's a proud Kiwi but we have a long history of passing off clever Kiwis as our own!
and now, as Bruce says, it's time for me to go "beck to the binch"!
7. May 2014 21:21 by outbackuav
One of my favourite video makers is RCSchim from Austria. He has a great laid back manner and flies around some amazing scenery, this time in northern Italy.
Sadly on this flight he lost his quad though. It was attacked by an eagle. To make it worse his ground recorder wasn't running and the quad is black.