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Feb 04, 2013, 06:25 PM
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Feb 10, 2013, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Sonofagun
This link said that the video d'ont exist!?....
Feb 10, 2013, 12:38 PM
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RC Flying Ball China Supplier Manufacturer Factory Fly UFO RPC141705 (1 min 54 sec)

Originally Posted by nadine
This link said that the video d'ont exist!?....
Mar 02, 2013, 09:24 AM
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hi tim
i am working on this type of vtol too....i also had in mind that i will use ardu pilot for the stabilization purposes but unfortunately i have no idea how to mix the controls via programming on this ardu....i have tried using the gyros and v tail mixers and they do work as far as the controls are concerned but no stability so can u please help me regarding the mixing on ardu pilot and stability.......
Jun 07, 2013, 04:34 PM
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Hawk Eye thrust vector Flying ball

Hi Everyone,

i was also eyeballing this VTOL flying ball.

looks like only 6 servo's used here..

maybe could be reduced to 4?

HAWK EYE (2 min 45 sec)
Jun 24, 2013, 09:45 AM
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Great Video.

Actually the servos could be reduced to 3 in number.

Two servos for the pitch and roll motor mount/plate and one servo, driving 2 control vanes using the old fashion aileron linkage system can control the yaw axis.

The other two vanes could be set with "fixed off-set" (yaw input or more precisely called "stator vanes") to control motor torque while in a steady hover.

Last edited by corocopter; Jun 24, 2013 at 09:53 AM.
Jul 01, 2013, 04:29 PM
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Progress on flying ball

good thing i have a 3d printer,

printed the mid-piece and mounted a brushelss Turnig 2730 1500 on top of it.

the battery will go in the lower base.

next step. the flaps


Jul 06, 2013, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by EdwynStapel
good thing i have a 3d printer,
Feb 25, 2014, 09:11 PM
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I told you it was coming

as soon as someone figures out the mix to blend the quadcopter to normal flight of the CrazyBall... they did... but did it with a delta. In reality it makes no difference what planform (round or triangle or square) it will all work..

enjoy the upcoming future of quadcopters... operating in a much more efficient flight environment (similar to the horizontal efficiency of an Osprey)

This will increase the range somewhat ...and will continue to increase in the future as that realm is improved. I foresee a near immediate marriage of the flyable sphere (CrazyBall planform ) and a delta planform... for a rounded tip deltoid shape...which will be even more versatile as well as manueverable
Jul 27, 2014, 06:16 PM
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Gimball Drone:

Gimball Drone:

Article here and here

An insect-like, crash-happy flying robot (2 min 22 sec)
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Jul 28, 2014, 07:07 PM
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appoved by EOBBA..

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Jul 29, 2014, 09:54 PM
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Quad in a Cage:

Here is a Quad in a cage.

This a low cost 60 dollar version> look here:

High quality version, read article here.

HyTAQ Robot (1 min 30 sec)
Aug 08, 2014, 09:25 PM
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I recognize the shape of the outer shell of the Gimball drone as a Buckyball. The connectors are standard parts from a Molecular Model Kit.
Aug 09, 2014, 05:15 PM
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Yep... lots of carbon fiber hackin 90 pieces...yikes

One of these days... (maybe when I get my shop addition finished) got one that ought to blow em all away... gotta get it to prototype stage.

...til then ...just a solid hypothesis....hope to be typing about it over the winter
Aug 09, 2014, 06:47 PM
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In theory the Buckyball shape should be very strong and resilient. The plastic connectors cost about 15 cents each and are manufactured in both female and male types. It appears that the Gimball is using the female version. I would guess that variety is most likely a European manufacture since the Gimball is Swiss made. I have not tried to find the exact connectors. I'll leave that up to someone else.

This sort of ball design allows for quick disassemble for maintenance/repairs.

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