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Offline skatjTopic starter

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Starting an autonomous plane project
« on: October 08, 2007, 12:31:07 AM »
I'm interested in building a robotic plane for a state science fair. Unfortunately my experience in robotics is limited to only a few years dabbling in Lego Mindstorms. I have no idea how to build from scratch and to be honest i'm a little frightened.

So anyway, I need some help selecting parts to buy, since I have almost no experience.
1. I need a lightweight microcontroller that's relatively cheap and easy to use. I know how to program in C but im not sure what kind of compilers/equipment ill need
2. I need one motor that's powerful enough to create lift, then several very small, very minor servos to control the flaps/etc to change direction
3. I also want a small remote control device that could deploy a parachute (and possibly be able to shut down the motor) for testing purposes

Any ideas? Also, any links for further reading about constructing a robotic airplane?
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Re: Starting an autonomous plane project
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2007, 07:53:23 AM »
You'll find a huge amount of information on the subject here -

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