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small solar panel, motor and propeller Answered

I have constructed a desktop solar helicopter that I have on wire3d.com  I am trying to make a small very light solar helicopter that I can fly on the desktop and is tethered on 4 corners. I will make it out of very light plastic or styrofoam or bulsa wood. I need to find the right panel, motor, and propeller. Any suggestions will be appreciated.   bob

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nazmo76

3 years ago

wire3D.com ? I saw nothing but a random fake website waiting for someone to buy the domain, are you sure this is the good link ?

Solar panel powered helicopter: not doable at all.

Heli/Tri/Quad/whatever/copters consume a lot (hence their low battery life like 20minutes or less), solar panels need surfaces (and weigh significantly when you're talking about something that flies).

Even solar planes are rare, even though there is more surface on a plane than on an helicopter.

Sorry but I don't think it could be doable :'( however if you have infos/pics from the construction you talked about, I'd love to see it ;)

Cordially

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solartoysnazmo76

Reply 3 years ago

I am going to make this for my own benefit...not to sell, and yes it will work. Thanks for the reply...bob

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Downunder35msolartoys

Reply 3 years ago

Please, just for the fun, enlighten me:
How do you get enough lift from solar powered motors on your desk (without adding other user like elctronics to the calculation)?
Even really good and expensive panels would need several massive flood lights to provide enough juice to spin a motor with blades to provide and form of lift.
I am just curious as for all my projects in that area I had to fight the problem of weight vs possible lift and for the last one how to create enough lift with limited power available.

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nazmo76Downunder35m

Reply 3 years ago

Maybe you could go with batteries, the panel charges the battery (panel under sunlight a few hours + circuitry if lithium technology), at some periods, a microcontroller/the user gives current to the motor of the helicopter connected by thin wires to the battery then it lifts until the microcontroller stops, you could scrap the needed parts in an helicopter toy (light motor, propeller, circuitry and battery) then rewire everything and that could be a solution.

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solartoysnazmo76

Reply 3 years ago

Good idea...I will try it...thanks...bob

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solartoysDownunder35m

Reply 3 years ago

A combination of fast motor, small, high-lift prop, and extremely light body. Only lift the body, motor and prop...thanks...bob

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Downunder35msolartoys

Reply 3 years ago

So you are saying you ptu the things you make up on the website to make money off it but you want us to solve your problems with it for free?
As Nazmo76 said: Just forget your idea as it can't be done - period.

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nazmo76

3 years ago

I saw your creation:

http://www.wireart3d.com/wireart07/chop1.jpg

what is the problem then ? I don't mind to help (with what I know) but could you give us more details, but if you want something flying, you better go with a normal battery operated device, there is plenty of tutorials on how to do such thing + a solar charger if you like the solar thing, that's all I can say from what you gave.

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solartoysnazmo76

Reply 3 years ago

Thanks for the reply...I am trying to make a very light helicopter for the desk. It will be tethered at 4 corners. I will make it out of bulsa wood, or styrofoam or a very light plastic model. The little solar panel will stay on the desk. The helicopter will raise off of the deck only about 2 inches using a small solor motor and propeller with a lot of lift..thanks...bob