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Old 12-03-2009, 11:30 PM
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I'm sure I'm not crazy but I can't think of the right words to search to find what I'm looking for... Its a VTOL free flight aircraft, an engine mounted level with the ground on one end of a 'wing', when the engine runs the wing rotates like a helicopter blade and rises till the engine dies, then autorotates back to the ground.....What am I looking for? Thanks
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:26 AM
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An auto gyro or gyrocopter...... Although it's not VTOL.
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:39 AM
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Yes it is not a VTOL, it is indeed very cool and interesting, there seem to be a little fad with those, but havent seen much about them in the last couple of years.
They may not be VTOL but they are very high lift designs if i recal, realy cant beat the cool factor.
gyrocopter indeed
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:52 PM
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rabraaten isn't talking about a gyrocopter

It's a monocopter and is designed similar to a maple seed. Evan Ulrich of University of Maryland built one

[link=http://www.avl.umd.edu/projects/proj9-robotic-samara.html]Robotic Samara[/link]

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Old 12-06-2009, 02:27 PM
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Thanks Dave... Thats exactly what I was thinking about... Weird and wonderful. I'm not much of a heli fan but there's definately something strangely enticing about playing around with one of those... I'm kind of curious about how lateral movement is controllable with something like that... Any idea?
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Thanks Dave... Thats exactly what I was thinking about... Weird and wonderful. I'm not much of a heli fan but there's definately something strangely enticing about playing around with one of those... I'm kind of curious about how lateral movement is controllable with something like that... Any idea?
Very weird, I love it!

I don't think they know yet. In the papers that I flipped through, they are controlling altitude by either changing the pitch of the wing, or the rpm of the motor. I would image the next step would be difficult. You would need to know where you wanted to go, and where you where in your "rotation" so that you can change the pitch of the wing (kinda like the helis swash plate).

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