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Sep 22, 2017, 06:38 AM
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blimpduino 2.0: Arduino OPEN SOURCE remotely controlled blimp

Hi everyone!
We would like to share with you the new Blimpduino development process.

BlimpDuino 2 is a very low cost open source autonomous blimp. It consists of an Arduino-based blimp controller board with on-board WIFI and laser sensors. Two vectoring differential thrusters and one lifting propeller. Simple but exciting ;-)

This project is a collaboration between (Jordi Muoz, former DIY/ 3drobotics founder) and

The blimpduino landing page (still working on it):

We will really apreciate your ideas while we are still developing it. Let us know what you have in mind at: facebook or below this message

Video of the blimp here: Working in progress!

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Dec 03, 2017, 10:39 AM
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We got the Blimpduino control board ready! After 3 months of testing a bunch of sensors and polishing the design (thx for the help mrobotics)we just got the miniaturized version of PCB.Stay tuned for videos of the blimpduino and more!
Dec 04, 2017, 03:20 AM
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Super cool news! I really hoped the blimpduino project would continue.

Were currently also working on the next generation of the silent runner DIY airship, I think its already iteration 7 by now. Here you can see one of the earlier tests:
Windreiter - Nacht der Museen 2017 (2 min 0 sec)

It could be published in the end of the year and it would be supercool to combine it with the Blimpduino controller.

Do you already have specs about the weight of the controller and the supported motor layouts? The silent runner is actually controlled by a huge V tail plus a motor with reversible thrust. So its more an agile flyer than a steady balloon.

Looking forward to hear more of the project and of cause subscribed to the newsletter.

Dec 04, 2017, 06:19 AM
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Both projects look really cool!

The blimpduno board looks impressively small - like Andreas, I'm keen to know what the weight will be, and how much power can be put through it?

And Andreas, the WindReiterin look fantastic - really fast and smooth! It's wonderful to see them slide through the air so gracefully...
Dec 12, 2017, 03:26 PM
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We will keep an eye on the silent runner DIY airship! Is there a facebook page we can subscribe to?

Regarding the Blimpduino:
We current weight is 9 grams for the control board.
The battery (500mAh): 13 grams
Motors + propellers : 8 grams
and Frame: 9 grams

The control board can handle up to 4 motors (1 Ampere each) with reversible thrust. By default, the blimpduino has a 3 axis gyro + accelerometers (to help during the navigation, making it smooth no matter the size/shape of the balloon). High precision barometer + 2 inputs for laser range finders. All the test have been done and we are currently working on the control APPs (iOS + Android) and adding the external Bluetooth controller option

We will publish something as soon as we get some time to record a video or two!
Dec 15, 2017, 10:04 PM
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Fantastic to see BlimpDuino and the Silent Runner crossing paths in this thread! I look forward to hearing more about new versions of both!

Gentle winds and Glck ab!
Dec 27, 2017, 07:35 AM
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Hey, thanks for updating on the specs of the Blimpduino. The weight budget is fantastic.

I was wondering if the board allows to attach not only brushed motors but also has open PWM ports to attach brushless motors or servos.

By the way, here is a destruction test of our new silent runner envelopes:
sr7 destruction tests (1 min 44 sec)

Cheers and have a good 2018
Dec 28, 2017, 05:34 AM
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I don't think you can call it a destruction test unless it's actually, you know, destroyed by the end :-).

Wonderful material though - what is it, and where did you get it???
Dec 28, 2017, 12:19 PM
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wemperor: Very impressive pressure testing.

Have you tested permeability to helium and/or hydrogen as well? Or is that not relevant, since you presumably don't keep the Silent Runner inflated for very long?
Jan 12, 2018, 05:21 AM
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Love the Silent Runner - it's good looking, sleek, made from very lightweight materials and is probably in still air (no wind) a very stable platform for photography. Nice design. What is the material of the envelope? It looks like mylar.
Jan 25, 2018, 06:10 PM
this is awesome!
Jul 24, 2018, 05:03 PM
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It is finally here!

After what took ages, we have moved to production! The blimpduino 2.0 is here!: Stay tuned!
Jul 25, 2018, 02:53 AM
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Well Done!!

Good work shipping :-)
Jul 30, 2018, 02:30 AM
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I wanna have one!! Better two
Aug 01, 2018, 12:16 PM
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Any estimate on when we can place an order for the blimpduino 2.0 ??

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