Christmas is Coming

Christmas is coming and it’s too windy to fly again. Last week the aircraft got blown over onto its tail and I couldn’t put it down when I was loading the boot of the car, which is a sure sign that you shouldn’t be flying. This week was worse, so it’s quadcopter practice indoors again. That’s probably the end of flying for 2014 now that the Christmas break is almost here. With the break coming up I’m going to do a thorough check of the RS352, finally program the flaps correctly and put some more work into the flight simulator. The following screenshot shows that it’s now flyable (just):

Skylark Javascript flight simulator using WebGL. The aircraft is an ebee flying wing.

Skylark Javascript flight simulator using WebGL. The aircraft is an ebee flying wing.

The aircraft is an ebee flying wing which has been used for remote sensing using 3D stereo vision cameras to map the terrain as it flies over it. I built the model in Blender last Sunday and then went and built a small (~1.5 inch) physical model using a MakerBot 3D printer. The results were fairly successful, but I can’t see myself replicating anything that can actually fly any time in the near future due to the lack of structural integrity. However, the flight simulator is coming along nicely and I now know enough about Blender to attempt converting my RS352 mesh which was originally created with Google Sketchup. The code will be going on GitHub as soon as it’s flyable.

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