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SainSmart InstaBots Upright Rover Kit : Update 1

Posted 09-17-2015 at 07:14 PM by Notebook

Nearly done, just waiting for the Ni-Mh rechargeables from Hong-Kong, also need a couple of bolts for the wheels.



The plug-in board on the left is the RF tx/rx, and on the right the...
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Flight 35 - North and South

Posted 09-16-2015 at 04:20 PM by n122vu

I've been so busy the last week blogging has moved to the back burner, even though sharing the excitement of my first solo cross-country has been the first thing on my mind.

I'd taken 1/2 day vacation and was up early that morning getting the latest weather and winds aloft. The plan was to take off at 8 am, fly north to SIV, land, take a quick break, then fly back. I ended up taking off about an hour later than planned due to SIV being socked in with 3-4 nm visibility due to fog....
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Posted 09-12-2015 at 07:42 PM by Xyon (Rambling Sysadmin)

It was not a sound that you heard.

At least, not one you noticed hearing, anyway. It was more the sort of insistent, pervasive sound you quickly accepted, pushed out of your mind, ignored. The throbbing of engine noise, constant dull rumbling through the deckplates. Air conditioning cycling spent air with a reasonably low-pitched thrumm noise. Any of these would have been a suitable candidate. It was the kind of sound you only noticed when it stopped, and then suddenly realised you'd...
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SainSmart InstaBots Upright Rover Kit

Posted 09-11-2015 at 07:50 AM by Notebook
Updated 09-12-2015 at 09:25 AM by Notebook (added picture)


New Blog!

Not directly Orbiter related, but close.
I'm interested in control systems and servos, so I thought I'd build this and get into PID in software/hardware.

It will take as long as it takes, and I'll post some pics and progress here. Haven't got all the bits to start yet, my soldering-iron is long lost...

Starting point:
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Flights 33 & 34 Cross-country - Working out the Kinks

Posted 09-02-2015 at 03:07 PM by n122vu

My first cross-country after my medical flight test was to KCUL, Carmi, IL. I won't go into too much detail, but the 'clumsy' version of Brian showed up in full force during this flight.

I blame a lot of it on my kneeboard. On the way to my medical flight test I'd used the Sporty's tri-fold kneeboard, strapped to my leg, and it worked ok, but I found myself fumbling for a couple things and not really having enough room for everything I needed. For the flight to KCUL, Randy suggested...
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