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Monocopter (micro air vehicle)

From: Jason K.
Sent on: Saturday, May 22, 2010 12:53 AM
I saw this and thought it was pretty interesting design modeled off the seed of a maple that grows here in Florida.? Neat example of biomimicry in robotics.? Figure I'd share w/ the group since I know a few of you are into RC helicopter stuff.

I'm skeptical of their claims that it would be useful for panoramic photography. Considering it rotates several revolutions a second to sustain flight, the motion blur due to rotation would be tremendous. Even if you made one exposure of a very small area/slice of the panorama every nth rotations and timed it to be offset to sample the entire area and stitched that data together you would still need a very very quick shutter. Perhaps if the shutter action were a series of slits on a cylinder that rotated and was geared up from the primary rotor?

Regardless really neat design! :)

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