Let's Make Robots!

It flies, it flies!!

I posted some time ago that some friends and I were building a Semi-Autonomous Quad-rotor helicopter for our Masters' Project at uni. Well, we've been working hard, and have finally built the actual helicopter (using a kit found at http://www.mikrokopter.de ). After most people had left uni last night, we found a large open space to do some simple test flights. I would say that the flights were a partial success, in that we now have to calibrate all the controls and work out exactly what each control is doing (I crashed the helicopter on its second flight!)

We go into more detail in the background on our project blog: http://project.rawxing.org so you can keep up to date there! It's now time to write our interim report, so development on the machine will pretty much stop for the next few weeks.

 I've embedded some media, but there are more videos and photos on the picasa album: http://picasaweb.google.com/strathsuave


From SUAVE - Construction and First Test Flight
From SUAVE - Construction and First Test Flight
From SUAVE - Gyro and Accel Test

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Sounds like you are well on your way on this project, and interesting to read some of your experiences. Took me a minute to realize that there are actual videos in the Picasa album, good testing. The construction video was hilarious.

That looks like a great project. It's one of those that makes me really want to play around with the idea myself :) Keep us updated.