blimp help

I am attempting to make a R/C blimp. i don't know what to cover it with. would like to have some help for making the frame. i was thinking about making it out of screen but I'm not sure. suggestions?

Topic by Sun Gear 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


arduino Blimp

Hey guys. I'm building an RC Blimp right now and i want to add an autonom landing feature which means the blimb has to realise when there is no more serial communication through the xbee. right now the aircraft gets 3 char-type objects. ech of these 3, for example "1=#" represents the speed for one motor. the 3 ASCII symbols get send every 0.1 seconds. any ideas how the arduino can realise that the connection is interrupted?  heres my code, thanks for helping me out:) #include #include "Wire.h" #include "SRF02.h" /*Testprogramm zur Treiberprogrammierung Team Grün*/ SRF02 srf02[2] = {   SRF02(0x70, SRF02_CENTIMETERS), //Initialisierung der beiden Ultraschallsensoren   SRF02(0x71, SRF02_CENTIMETERS), }; unsigned long nextPrint = 0; //------------------------------------------+ Servo servoLeft; // create servo object     | Servo servoRight;//                         | Servo servoYaxis;//                         | //------------------------------------------+ int motorSpeed; int verticalSpeed; int pinGreen = 8; //rgb colors int pinRed = 4; int pinBlue = 7; int ledPin = 2; int signal = 0; void setup() {   //--------------------------+   Serial.begin(9600);//     | Serial   Wire.begin();//           | Ultraschallsensor   SRF02::setInterval(100);//| Pulsintervall   //-------------------------+   //Servo Liste   servoLeft.attach(6);   servoRight.attach(5);   servoYaxis.attach(9);   char str[4] = {     '\0'  };   char command[3];   int a;   pinMode(pinGreen, OUTPUT);   pinMode(pinRed, OUTPUT);   pinMode(pinBlue, OUTPUT);   pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT); } void loop() {   char str[4] = {     '\0'  };   int a;   int j = 0;   int mL, mR, mY;   if (Serial.available()>=3){     for (byte i=0; i<3; i++){       a = Serial.read();       if (j == 0){         mL = a;       }       if (j == 1){         mR = a;       }       if (j == 2){         mY = a;       }       j++;     }     if(mL == 181){       Serial.println("Recived Command:");     }     else{       Serial.println();       Serial.println("MotorValues:");       Serial.println(mL);       Serial.println(mR);       Serial.println(mY);       Serial.println("------------");       servoLeft.write(mL);       servoRight.write(mR);       servoYaxis.write(mY);       //---------------------------------_-:+*COLOR*+:-_-------------------------------       if(mL==90&&mR;==90&&mY;==90){         //show zeropoint         digitalWrite(pinBlue, LOW);         digitalWrite(pinRed, LOW);         digitalWrite(pinGreen, LOW);       }       if(mL         digitalWrite(pinBlue, LOW);         digitalWrite(pinRed, HIGH);         digitalWrite(pinGreen, HIGH);         }       if(mL>mR){         digitalWrite(pinGreen, LOW);         digitalWrite(pinRed, HIGH);         digitalWrite(pinBlue, HIGH);         }       if(mL==mR&&mL;!=90){         digitalWrite(pinBlue, HIGH);         digitalWrite(pinRed, LOW);         digitalWrite(pinGreen, LOW);       }       if(mY!=90){         digitalWrite(pinBlue, LOW);         digitalWrite(pinRed, LOW);         digitalWrite(pinGreen, HIGH);       }                 }   } }

Topic by willi1131 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How to built a blimp?

Hello, I want to built an indoor blimp. I plan to use 3 motors one them will be back side and the others will be the right side and the left side of it. I m going to use servo motors for the right and the left side whereas a brushes motor for the back side. But i cannot find suitable motors?Which motors can i use for the blimp that will lift 2 kg?

Question by ozkancigdem87 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Lockheed Hybrid Blimp

Looks like it gets some lift from forward motion, some from propellers, and some from buoyancy.

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How to make a blimp that will lift 1 pound and weights a max of 5 pounds?

Please I need help Being controlled in yaw, altitude (less than 500ft agl), airspeed (less than 5kts), and basic position in space Rapid deployment  Multi-sensor equipping  eg. compact digital camera, weather sensors, etc Max gross weight less than 5 lbs  Lifting a nominal payload (1.5 lb)

Question by denihso 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


blimp coming soon! but need help

I have restarted the blimp project and it will be coming soon....i hope. i need to know how many cubic feet of helium does it take to lift 1 pound (16 ounces). also need to know if mylar will melt to. please respond

Topic by Sun Gear 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


blimp coming soon! but need help

I have restarted the blimp project and it will be coming soon....i hope. i need to know how many cubic feet of helium does it take to lift 1 pound (16 ounces). also need to know if mylar will melt to. please respond

Topic by Sun Gear 11 years ago



what are the different grades of helium?

How do the different grades affect lift capacity?

Question by glnpar 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


"In the Blimp of an Eye" and "Wiebelbot" at Ciné Kadee in Ghent, October 26th and 27th.

For anyone with kids near Ghent, Belgium: You can see my "In the Blimp of an Eye" and "Wiebelbots" at Ciné Kadee in Ghent on October 26th and 27th. Ciné Kadee is a movie and multimedia festival for the young, packed with a lot of things to see and do. A.o. kids can help fly my blimp and build their own Wiebelbot. See you there!

Topic by masynmachien 5 years ago


Pedal-Powered Blimp to Cross English Channel

Over in England, plans are afoot to cross the English Channel in a pedal-powered blimp. The semi-recumbent bike will power two propellers and French pilot Stephane Rousson hopes to complete the trip in five hours. Looking forward to hearing the results. Linkvia Treehugger

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


balloon help

Does any body know where to get a blimp shape mylar

Topic by Sun Gear 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


How much helium would it take to lift 65kg or so? Answered

I wanted to make a mini blimp

Question by ANDY! 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Every now and then, work is really fun...

So today I rode in the "Spirit of Goodyear", the Goodyear blimp based in Akron, OH. Pretty cool (amazing experience, really.) As a freelance photographer, I was contracted by a client who arranged the flight for aerial photographs (a videographer was also present.)Life is good.A bit ironic in that my dad was a Chem Engineer for Goodyear for 30+ years, and never was lucky enough to get a ride, but now my wife and I both have had the good fortune--she with an education association, me for work...

Topic by gmoon 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Does anyone know how i can build a mini flying zeppelin?

I have a science fair coming up soon and i would really like to build a mini zeppelin. i did a lot of research and all answers i got were to build a really big aircraft so any ideas you have would help. Thanks in advance ! TheMacyC !

Question by whoisthis 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


R/C Blimp Z-Axis?

If I wanted an R/C blimp, I could control the direction easily enough with propellers, but how could I control vertical ascent/descent?Is there, perhaps, such thing as a pump small enough, yet strong to regulate the helium pressure? (Compress to/from something like a CO2 cartridge?)

Question by PS118 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


I bought 6 metres of ripstop nylon for my blimp envelope. What is the best way to seal the edges?

I've tried glue, duct tape, and a bit of heat sealing. It doesn't really work.

Question by ANDY! 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I need advice on creating or buying a lightweight battery operated internal light for a 7ft helium balloon. BRIGHT

7ft helium blimp internal lighting project needs suggestions.  Anybody please?

Question by glnpar 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I make a giant version of a latex (rubber) balloon?

I wanted to make a giant balloon to tie onto myself and jump up and down really high. I suppose a pogostick does the same thing, but a giant balloon seems cool as well.

Question by ANDY! 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Pedal-powered airship gets half way...

A French amateur pilot's attempt to be the first to cross the channel on a pedal-propelled airship has failed.Stephane Rousson, 39, from Nice, took off from Hythe on the Kent coast at about 0800 BST and was half-way to the French coast by 1300 BST.But he was hampered by a change in the wind direction and called off the trip 11 miles from Wissant in France.Mr Rousson said: "I'm not disappointed. I feel happy because it had nothing to do with any technical failure."During the challenge, Mr Rousson was suspended underneath the balloon envelope in a carbon fibre gondola, powering the two propellers with his feet using a bicycle-like contraption. The most amusing thing about the whole trip is the safety system:Just in case Rousson found himself flying irretrievably high, he hung an open penknife from the gondola framework, with the intention of popping the balloon and heading for a splashdown.Sorry, that's the second most amusing thing. The most amusing thing is the pilot's childhood inspiration - ET.BBC article

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Mini Maker Faire at Technopolis in Mechelen, Belgium

April 26th and 27th 2014 there is a Mini Maker Faire at Technopolis in  Mechelen, Belgium. The nearest one yet for me! Yeah! I'm spreading the word, but I also have a question: I'm considering to organise workshops on building RC blimps. I will probably go for a variation on my "$13 Blimp" (please check it out if you haven't already). Making it simpler to build and more robust will raise the materials costs though. The build would take about 2,5 hours in small groups of 4 makers, and I guess the fee (covering the materials cost) would be around 20 EUR (27 USD). Do you guys and gals think that is reasonable? Best Wishes masynmachien

Topic by masynmachien 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Lighter than aircraft

People should make ibles about lighter than air aircraft. Then we can go flying

Topic by ANDY! 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


project update

Project updates blimp: standstill top secret:draft finished collecting materials S.S.A. crossbow: prototype complete making finished product D.P.C. canon: plans complete collecting materials

Topic by Sun Gear 10 years ago


project update

NEW:project top secret II: building blimp: cancel top secret declassified true jet engine:on hold D.P.C. canon:on hold remote control knex car with independent suspension:cancel

Topic by Sun Gear 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


project update

Project updates blimp: standstill top secret:draft finished collecting materials S.S.A. crossbow: canceled D.P.C. canon: plans complete collecting materials remote control knex car with independent suspension:now building

Topic by Sun Gear 10 years ago


DIY & Make Groups Update: Phoenix, SF, NYC, MIT

Phoenix DIY - Meeting 6: This WednesdayWhat: Phoenix DIY 6When: Wednesday, March 26 7:30pmWhere: Conspire Phoenix901 N 5th St (on the NE corner of 5th St and Garfield)Phoenix, AZ 85006 [map]This month's meeting will be outside at Conspire. Please bring a chair or two to share! Also bring a jacket in case it gets chilly.This month's presenters:Mark Rehorst: SPICE circuit simulation software tutorialMark will lead us through the basics and an example of using Linear Technology's free SPICE simulator: SwitcherCAD. You can predict how your circuit will function before you build it! Alex Schlegel: Build your own GreenhouseAlex built a backyard greenhouse equipped with solar powered circulation fans, and he'll share with us how he did it.full details!Make: SFThe next meeting will be at TechShop April 6th. It will be followed by a San Francisco meeting on April 20th.Full Details!Make:NYC Meeting 5 - Thursday, March 27th, 6PMWhat can a group of Makers do with a tank of helium? We're not sure! Care to find out? The sixth Make:NYC Meeting includes:Challenge: BlimpsYou've got brains, we've got blimps. Two teams will compete to make an ordinary RC blimp perform extraordinarily. Arrive on time to make sure you get in on all the lighter-than-air action.Meeting time is 6:00PM.Location:Make Offices, 2nd Floor (Google Map)325 Gold St. at Flatbush Ave.Brooklyn, NY 11201full details!MITERS - 04/04Friday night is build party night with MIT MITERS.full details!If you know any more details about these events or have any additional announcements, please post them here.

Topic by randofo 11 years ago


Mini Maker Faire Kerkrade: masynmachien reports

Finally some time to do a short report on the Mini Maker Faire in Kerkrade last weekend: It was realy great. Two days of fun at the Continium. Being a hands-on science museum, it is a great location for a Maker Faire. The Maker Faire was very well organised. I'm sure it was not only because of the bad weather that we had so many visitors. The people showed real interest and were very inquisitive.  Mgossye and me build 30 hovercrafts with visting kids and adults. We where actually a bit overwhelmed by the succes. It was great to see other makers and their work and catch up with other Ibles members (emilyvanleemput, janw, IamWe, ynze). I must admit however that for me a high point was a "fan" coming up to me, saying: "Are you masynmachien? I love your blimp projects on Instructables!" :-)

Topic by masynmachien 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Free energy via adjusting buoyancy- why not?

Hypothetical setup- a floating object which can adjust its own buoyancy via ballast tanks full of air (if it's a submarine) or compressing/expanding a helium bag (if it's a blimp).  Naively, it feels like the amount of energy you could harness by letting it float and sink is a lot compared to the amount of energy required to adjust the buoyancy, but I'm starting from the axiom that free energy is impossible so I must have made an error somewhere. If we take the example of a submarine, is it that filling the ballast tanks with air effectively raises the sea level by a tiny fraction, and that water's potential energy is what makes the submarine float upwards? I guess in the case of a helium balloon, the act of inflating it pushes the atmosphere upwards and that is what provides it with lift.  This question was prompted by a Youtube video of a hybrid helium-balloon-airliner that used buoyancy to reach altitude and then glided back downwards, which made me think "that's quite a neat idea... hang on... where does the energy come from?".

Topic by PKM 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


WWW1 (World of Warcaft War 1)

This has surley been thought of before but has never been acted upon (as far as i know). and i think im one of the few people with initiative enough to do it. my idea is for ALLIANCE eyes only, (i know it wont stop you horde but oh well. everyone knows horde are not smart enough to do somthing this advanced anyway lol) anyway what i propose is that we alliance start a war on all of aseroth (i cant spell leave me alone lol) THIS IS NOT A RAID, this may envolve raids and thins like that but this is an entire server blocking off horde blimps, and grffons, and hopefully taking over large cities like orgrimar, undercity, ect. and not letting horde get back in them without a fight! i have not put up my entire plans here, (aka order of raids, ect.) i am currently creating a website with full ideas of my plans and will be deciding a server to start at soon. if interested cmmnt on this and i might even create a group

Topic by XI3 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Report: Mini Maker Faire The Netherlands

Saturday Oct. 20th was a big day in Groningen, NL. The first official Maker Faire on Europe's mainland was a reality (Mini Maker Faire to be honest, it lasted just one day...). Allarrrd, Masynmachien and me teamed up to host an Instructable based workshop for kids which we named Make: toys. Lieve, Monster-Marit, Rick and Sander joined the team to help out. masynmachien also demonstrated his Instructable-plugging RC Blimp: iblesblimpMMF050 from masynmachien on Vimeo. And help we needed: The day was a huge success with 3000 maybe more visitors and a very enthusiastic crowd. 52 Doodlebots360 were built by kids (we ran out of battery clips :-)), dozens of cartesian divers, Shampoo Dino's, Magic Fleas, Propellers on a stick and what not. In the same time, we tried to plug Instructables into the consciousness of the visitors. I was a bit shocked to find out that some people never visited the site before :-).  We used mainly scrapheap stuff to make the toys from. Some essential parts were generously sponsored by Opitech and Okaphone. Compiling: We had a great day, as well as the visitors. Making and playing with toys while meeting lots of people. Maker Faire Forever!

Topic by ynze 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


masynmachien's time as an AIR

I had the honour and pleasure of spending the month of July 2013 as an Artist in Residence at Instructables HQ. An unforgettable experience! I feel like I cannot even begin to describe it, so forgive me for keeping it simple. The most tangible amazing thing is the unbelievable workshop, a true makers heaven! I mainly worked on the laser cutters and the 3D printers myself, but these are just a part of the new workshop set up at Pier 9. There’s also the experimental kitchen, the sowing corner, the electronics lab, the high-end CNC machines, a complete wood shop and a full blown metal shop. More importantly however was working among the people behind Instructables. To experience up close how they work very hard to make Instructables not only the biggest and best Show-and-Tell buy also the best “maker medium” ever. Having just moved to the new facilities at Pier 9, there was a lot of extra work to get the workshop accessible and operational, but they moved mountains to get us Artists in Residence onto the machines and making things. Working alongside three other Artists in Residence was also unique chance. Usually, when I’m surrounded by makers, most of them aren’t older than 12. But even as each of us had his inner kid very much alive, having some serious making going on around you is very inspiring (as some of my Instructables will show). I also very much appreciate how my daughter Tika was warmly received when see joined me at Instructables HQ. One month was far too short to spend with the people at Instructables HQ.  I was constantly torn between on the one hand getting to know the people better and on the other hand leaving them continue there hard work and trying to make as much things as possible myself. And to make it even harder there were the lures of the magnificent city of San Francisco and of the Bay Area. My conclusion is clear: I want to come back! But then, being a month away from home is not easy either. Tika joined me during the second half of my stay, which was great, but I missed my wife and youngest daughter. Back home in Belgium I’m first taking some rest, spending time with family and friends, working on some due home improvements and preparing some kids workshops. Writing up the Instructables on the projects I did will take some time. They will be published over the coming months. After all, I have about 15 new projects to document. The thread through my AIR was a laser cut (advent) calendar. A series of toy/gift assembly kits designed to be laser cut out of one acrylic sheet and to be wrapped into a cardboard package opening separately on each kit. The only parts added to the laser cut parts are some elastic bands, screws and nuts. The idea is to have a calendar that is easily made in several copies, with designs accommodating for thickness variations in the acrylic sheet and a concept of cutting and wrapping it all with little handwork. I managed to design, cut and test 13 different toys/gifts. I consider it the first chapter of a full advent calendar. I will make an Instructable on each of the 13 and put them in a collection, together with an Instructable on the calendar concept. The eye catcher of my stay was an iPhone/iPad (or Android) controlled RC Blimp with video feedback. For this I used the plug-and-play Dension WIRC system. This system leading to rather heavy build (200g) comparted to my other blimp projects, I decided upon using a large spherical balloon. From this (and from watching Doctor Who) sprung the idea to make it into a large eye. I named it ‘In the blimp of an eye”. The project that was the most of a learning experience was designing and 3D printing nested dolls. Deviating from the classic Russian dolls, I learned how to design these in 123D Design, how to calculate sizes and experienced the possibilities and limitations of different 3D printing techniques. I hope you will enjoy reading the resulting Instructables, just as I enjoyed doing these projects at Instructables HQ. I want to thank once more the people at Instructables and Autodesk for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Yvon Masyn aka masynmachien

Topic by masynmachien 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Being an Artist in Residence at Pier 9: MORE IS BETTER

My second one month term as Artist in Residence at Pier 9 was a blast, again. Now I’m back home, the jet lag is behind me and the making rush is replaced by the rush of “ordinary” life. Time for a short “retrospect” What remained the same compared to the first time, is being torn between spending as much time as possible in the awesome workshop, interacting with creative soul mates (both AIRs and Autodesk/Instructables people, all very creative and very busy themselves) and the lures of San Francisco, a city that brings the whole world to one place. What has changed that there is even more of the good stuff. When I did my first one month term as AIR, in July 2013, Instructables had just moved to Pier 9 and the workshop was brand new. Now the workshop is fully operational, with some more machines even. There is a very professional training program in place, with very good and passionate trainers, quickly learning you how to work with the machines. In July 2013 we were 4 artists, Now, April-May 2015, fulltime and part time artist together we where about 30! That high concentration of creative people, with a wide range of interests and skills, really gives a vibe. It is clear both Instructables and the Artist in Residence program thrive in the environment made possible by Autodesk. It is fantastic to see how this company believes in giving creativity the means to materialise in the widest range of projects. I’m very grateful for the chance to share in that. I did five different blimp projects, two as workshops for children, which was absolutely great. I added five new sub projects to my laser cut advent calendar project and was able to make the advent calendar itself. Clearly, I have a lot of material for Instructables. So more is better. To bad for me I can only come for one month at a time (because of family and work reasons). One month is terribly short and so is two months. I crave for more ;-) Cheers and thanks to all you lucky people at Pier 9, Yvon a.k.a. masynmachien

Topic by masynmachien 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago