Teaching Hera to balance.

22nd March 2011

You know when you’re a kid, to learn how to walk, you have to learn how to stand, because to learn how to stand, you must master your own balance. The same applies to Hera.

My main goal right now is to be able to fly Hera manually by radio control, however for her to handle her own balance. The Ailerons on the wings control how much she rolls so with these controlled by the Arduino and and accelerometer secured inside her, Hera can now balance herself out simple by measuring how much she’s tilting and deciding which way to roll based on that.

The Yahoo Hackday is on Friday so I’m running out of time. I have decided not to use Twitter anymore but instead to create a website for her to send her data to. When you go to the website, you’ll see an illustration that demonstrates what Hera knows. Basically, it’ll show when she’s rolling or pitching. In the future, it would show her altitude, her location, her speed, everything. But right now, let’s keep things simple shall we?

Arduino wired cockpit.

  • James Bennet

    Lol, love the bourbon biscuit there. Hacking fuel !

    The autopilot looks good, should prove a worthy hack, especially considering youve done it alone. I think us and you are the only ones using arduinos.