Working on the wings

So what are these wings all about, you might think?

In the latest videos you have seen me working on flightpins and the wingsurface for which I have sacrificed my Slingshot Fuel 17m2 kite for the membrane wingsurface. 

vleugeltekening

This  fabric weighs about 70 grams per square meter, so in total that will be around 1050 grams. It’s quite a challenge to work with this fabric. It’s strong, but at the same time very fragile. Especially because of the forces it has to cope with during the flights, it’s important to Continue reading

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Moving my birdwings

Some time ago I connected the acceleration sensors of the HTC and Wii remote (and check this blogpost too for explanation). The next step was to send this acceleration data to my electronic speed controllers and outrunner motors. Floor and me went testing the system yesterday, watch the result below. I’m very proud of this.

So check out the photogallery and the video below. Also decided to attach an earlier sketch of the system, although it’s kind of a wild sketch, I think this explains what I did and how it works.

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Interview with Bert Otten

Last Friday I had an interesting chat with Bert Otten, professor in Neuromechanics at the Univeristy of Groningen. We talked about my concept, which I showed him the day before. It was interesting to hear that some crucial points in my design were not considered impossible by him. This gives me great confidence to continue where I left off! Keep posted because this week I will release some sketches on this website.

More info on Bert Otten:
http://www.kalons.nl/otten/science.html
http://www.rug.nl/corporate/inbeeld/botten

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