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Old Sep 14, 2012, 12:22 PM
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Trail Flights resume tomorrow

The FAA says we can use our UASs for trail research as long as it is a private, recreational enterprise - no useful result. So, whatever.

Anyway, the bad weather is subsiding and we should be back on the trail tomorrow. The segment we are after is one that caught our attention years ago but was never investigated. I've shown it here a couple of times. Wagons were used from 1600 - 1700 and again from 1800 - 1880. The big wagons of the 19th century left large erosion scars so we should get a good profile from the air.

We'll be using old reliable Sig Seniorita with an IR Atto v1.8.

There's some updates:

Landing gear removed
Added skids and a 12:8.5 folding prop
Removed Canon A650 (11 ounces)
Added Canon S95 with CHDK USB port shutter trigger

Everything is top or side accessable. The fuselage has a lot of sheet reinforcement and it's covered with heavy duty silkspan using nitrate dope.

There's a level setter circuit for the USB input. I couldn' get a right angle on the USB connector so I cut a little hole in the side of the fuse and let it stick out. Hey, whatever works!

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