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Jan 14, 2013, 09:53 PM
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What's paying off the national debts

Building up 4 of these over the months is a good lesson in what's paying off US's debts: the treasury debt, trade deficit, mortgage debt, federal reserve balance sheet, & entitlement programs all totaling some $100 trillion. It's all being paid by Chinese spending all day building up autonomous Blade MCXs.

US's $100 trillion of debts are being paid off by a lot of tedious, monotonous, mind numbing work which makes the thousands of times you have to retype your password to do anything on iOS seem like a vacation. You can feel every $100 billion. Every stock market trade, credit card plan, house flip, advertizing revenue stream, service plan that milks additional value out of the original product is still based on the 1 piece of manufacturing.

There would be no way to mass produce a UAV with this much intricate fabrication in your apartment. It takes around 16 hours to produce each one. 16 hours of rent alone is more than they can sell for. Yet through the magic of tooling & mass production, Chinese with no lives pull it off, every year, servicing all of US's debts as well as feeding themselves.

Looking inside the Ladybird's Walkera control, it's quite a substantial piece of kit for $50. There are a lot of hand routed wires. The pots go from 0-5V. The batteries don't last very long. It would take some doing to override.

With the current state of cheap vision systems pretty well maximized, the next step is using a more substantial IMU. A bare magnetometer is enough to get the job done & get pretty tight hovering, but turn towards the right angles & it gets real wobbly.

A full IMU is required to get the next level in precision. That requires a stable 3.3V voltage & a more powerful microcontroller, which takes some doing in a microscopic single cell indoor copter. It might require completely replacing the stock electronics.
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Jan 15, 2013, 09:02 AM
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I think its nothing but sad the way chinese workers are treated. I would gladly have half the number of aircraft I own so these folks could make a decent living.

I'm interested to hear what you think can be done to remedy the situation, either by individuals or our so called government representatives.

Also how do we rein in the national debt?

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