Two words: fab flight
Fab global launched a collaborative UAV project today involving 4, and perhaps 5 labs to start. We have already mapped out a basic plan and work division for the functional systems and structures. We are looking at a large vehicle with sensing capabilities.
There's nothing particularly special about a DIY UAV. People do them now. The challenge here is two fold...using fab lab tools to fab everything including inertial navigation boards, and collaboration amongst global labs to design, build, test and fly a UAV. My opinion, based on my professional experience in aerospace, is that global collaboration is tricky at best.
For now, we need to settle on a plan, develop a layout and begin work division, with the goal of flying our UAV in year.
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