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Re: Bird like flight? Not even close - yet.

Postby Bill Cummings » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:33 pm

60 Minutes just tonight told us everything is hack-able.
How about a phone app that receives the vibration hits from sensors that the border patrol monitors when Mexican Nationals are in the desert.

Some have to alert on thermals ripping through the desert. On a hot day it must be a real chore to tune out the false alerts that dispatch has to figure out. That App would light up on your smart phone either on a National (false positive in our case.) or a thermal to go to.
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Re: Bird like flight? Not even close - yet.

Postby reluctantsparrow » Fri May 27, 2016 7:41 am

a local pilot just let me know he bought a drone for a thousand bucks that you can lock onto an object with a follow command so that the drone will follow a pilot and take pictures of the pilot as the pilot is flying...automatically..I had no idea such things were available. Anyway...How about two or three of those drones, activated before takeoff, that automatically takeoff with the pilot and follow (or lead) from preset distances and locations. Maybe two way out in front of the pilot and a couple more a hundred yards out from each wing providing direct feedback to the pilot?
this would dramatically increase the search area for thermals for the pilot in command.
Theoretically you could have five or six of these drones fanned out looking for rising air as you fly and increase your thermal detection area dramatically.
I am not going to do this, but I guess it is within our current technological abilities.
If a pilot wanted to set a record or something imagine how much ground you could cover if your drones were out there finding all your thermals for you.
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Re: Bird like flight? Not even close - yet.

Postby reluctantsparrow » Fri May 27, 2016 8:51 am

only one drone per pilot. Drone is tied into our Gps and races out in front of our direction of travel at a level that is always within current glide angle of glider as being recorded by Gps,
two control buttons on our helmet. Search mode and standby mode.
When we are working a thermal we push the standby button and the drone follows our upward climb. As we exit the top of the thermal on course we hit the search mode button and the drone races out in front of us looking for thermals within the glide angle and course direction being recorded by gps....totally doable.
Built in safety features could include;
if contact is lost with retrieve crew by landing in area surrounded by hills the drone could hover over location and send out beacon to mark position for retrieve crew...that would be a third button on the helmet...mark position.....pretty high tech but from what I have heard of present technology all doable.
in case of emergency a fourth button on helmet could send out a distress signal.
Distress signal could have two levels of distress. Life threatening injury or non-life threatening injury.
Non-life threatening distress signal would indicate to retrieve crew.....dont stop for hamburgers, get here NOW!
Life threatening distress signal would tell retrieve crew to call 911 pronto.
All signals could be built in buttons on helmet.
This device could cut response times down considerably and save lives as well as greatly enhancing cross country abilities.
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Re: Bird like flight? Not even close - yet.

Postby eagle » Fri May 27, 2016 9:36 am

To follow or lead Me ~ or Custom fit , maybe for the Sparrow
Nixie A camera that comes with you everywhere... and can fly.
With a gesture, Nixie takes off, captures the moment, and comes right back.
See video: https://youtu.be/kfzqUsGMHE0

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Re: Bird like flight? Not even close - yet.

Postby reluctantsparrow » Fri May 27, 2016 6:16 pm

eagle wrote:With a gesture, Nixie takes off, captures the moment, and comes right back.

That is way cool.
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