4 Jun 2002 hudson   » (Master)

I'm rushing to get my prototype helicopter flying for a Fun Fly this coming weekend. I've taken some pictures of the Concept 60 loaded with the basic control hardware mounted. It won't be able to do much autonomously, but I'm hoping that we'll be able to use the "fly by wire" control software and collect flight data from the IMU. We might be able to use the yaw gyro in "heading hold" mode and the engine RPM governor, although my guess is that we'll do most of the flying under pure manual control. In any event, it will be interesting to compare the flight data with the simulator results.

The canopy won't fit with the curent board; we'll have to slim it down sometime if we want to enclose everything... The IMU is mounted underneath the tray but between the skids where it won't hit the ground. It should be fairly safe.

I'm hesitant to use the X-Cell at this time, since we've never flown it and I wouldn't want to have its first flight be disasterous due to a software bug or hardware glitch. The Concept is fairly well tuned at this point (thanks, Aaron!), so hopefully we'll be able to give it a good go.

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