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Posted by jaron | Feb 27, 2010 @ 05:27 PM | 56,224 Views
Although Intermezzo 100 looks very similar to my UAV Flying Wing it's a complete redesign. Smaller, more efficient, more agile and faster with a fuselage big enough so that it can carry some of my gadgets. All the electronics including the battery are velcroed to the 50x40x340 mm platform.

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- Kline-Fogleman KFm Airfoil
- Wing span 100 cm (39.37 in)
- Wing area 17 dm˛ (1.83 sq.ft.)
- Aspect ratio 5.9
- Weight 500 g (15.17 oz.) (including 1350 mAh battery)
- Wing load 29.4 g/dm˛ (9.34 oz./sq. ft.)

- 4 mm Depron
- 4x4 mm spruce spars
- 2 mm plywood for the fuselage frame
- 50/25 mm reinforced tape
- double sided tape for the servos
- foam contact adhesive (UHU Por)
- epoxy glue (Araldite Rapid)
- 2 1 mm steal push rods
- 2 control horns
- 400 mm Velcro to mount the electronics
- 8 neodymium magnets for the canopy lock

- TURNIGY 28-36 1200 Kv brushless motor
- Graupner CAM 8x4.5 folding propeller
- Rhino 3S1P 30C 1350mAh LiPo
- 2 x HXT900 1.6kg/cm servo

Design tools I used
- ProgeCAD 2009 Smart (free AutoCAD clone)
- WinLaengs4 (CG calculation)
- Drive Calculator (power system calculation)

Building Intermezzo
Most of the parts are assembled to layers and the layers are stacked to build the fuselage and the wing. This drawing in combination with this one shows you which layer contains which...Continue Reading
Posted by jaron | Apr 04, 2009 @ 06:15 AM | 106,311 Views
The main goals of the UAV Flying Wing design were versatility and simplicity.

Versatility is achieved by implementing a platform design for the fuselage. All the payload like RC gear, cameras or any other electronic devices can be freely positioned on the platform. This concept eliminates the CG issues other flying wing designs may encounter. The canopy covers the whole fuselage, has no supporting function for the structure and with bulky payloads the plane can even be flown without it.

I like to make things as simple as possible and that's why all my designs are flying wings so far. The KFm3 airfoil I used for UAV Flying Wing contributes to the build simplification.

- Kline-Fogleman KFm3 Airfoil (top steps at 50% and 75% chord)
- Wing span 1240 mm (48.81 in)
- Wing area 24.8 dm˛ (2.67 sq.ft.)
- Weight 430 g (15.17 oz) (including 100 g battery)
- Wing load 17.34 g/dm˛ (5.68 oz./sq. ft.)

Bill of materials
- 7mm Depron
- 7x3mm spruce spars
- 2mm plywood for the fuselage frame
- reinforced tape
- double sided tape for the servos
- foam contact adhesive (UHU Por)
- epoxy glue (Araldite Rapid)
- 2 1mm steal push rods
- 2 control horns
- 30 x 400mm Velcro to mount the electronics
- 8 neodymium magnets for the canopy lock

Tested motors
Turnigy 28-26B 1350 Kv, 8x4 folding prop, 120 W, decent power
Turnigy 28-30B 1050 Kv, 9x5 folding prop, 150 W, good power
Turnigy 28-36 1000 Kv, 10x6 folding prop, 200 W, plenty of power
Turnigy 28-36 1200 Kv, 9x5 folding prop,...Continue Reading
Posted by jaron | Feb 20, 2009 @ 11:06 AM | 20,995 Views
These are some pictures of my T-Rex 500 and its AC-3X flight control stabilization system (vbar) designed by Stefan Ploechinger.

- 3 axis control
- all in one unit
- weight 20g (without wires)
- size 31 x 26 x 15.5mm

Have a look at the PDF manual if you'd like to know more about it.
Posted by jaron | Feb 13, 2009 @ 12:33 PM | 22,756 Views
The UAV Playground is a collection of software components written in the Java programming language. They extend the Processing Development Environment (PDE) with some functionality that can help you to simulate and test different aspects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
UAV Playground and all the Software (like the FlightGear Flight Simulator) it is based on are freely available.

The source code can be found on the Open Source project page at code.google.com/p/uavplayground.

UAVsim video
UAV Playground is a work in progress and will be extended as I work on the exploration of UAVs.

- object oriented
- modular
- extendable
- free

How to use it
- install the Processing Development Environemt (PDE)
- download the UAV Playground
- follow the installation instructions
- [install the FlightGear Flight Simulator (optional)]

How you can participate
- comment or leave me a message
- be a part of the UAV Playground project

UAV Playground 1.2.2 [Update] (download)
- Completely rewritten autopilot now supports waypoint navigation
Posted by jaron | Feb 09, 2009 @ 01:38 PM | 20,403 Views
This is the Sea01 project page.

- Kline-Fogleman Airfoil (50% top step)
- Wingspan 800mm
- Wing area 16dm˛
- Weight 450g

- TURNIGY 28-26B 1350Kv motor
- Master Airscrew 7x4 propeller
- Rhino LiPo 3S1P 30C 1050 mAh
- 3 x HXT900 1.6kg/cm servo