Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Night Ops Success!

Fitted the NoodleCopter with lights... pretty easy, just ran LED strips down each hollow pool noodle.  Worked pretty well!  For quickness, I used four batteries, one for each strip and just taped them to the arms.
It looks really nice up in the air, with the colors of the pool noodles nicely standing out.  This picture is a bit shot out, but you get the idea.  I'm going to try to balance the brightness of the red and green arms with the yellow arms.

Update: Don't cut battery slots in the noodles!  An unmodified noodle has some pretty reasonable torsion strength, but with slots cut into it it developed a lot of twist.  I put two CF struts across the top to compensate.

Happy Test Pilots!  It was our first night testing, so there was a bit of stress involved.  But not to worry, everything worked out well.  Hooray!

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