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Solar RC Blimp designed and made by Aero Drum Ltd

The next Blimp Generation is here!

Details

The main and unique characteristic of Solar RC Blimps is that the flight autonomy is incomparable to any other craft. Simply explained the volume of the Blimp is calculated to annul the Blimp weight including envelope, electronics, stabilizers, solar cells, batteries, all rest Blimp related and target payload. The result is a fully set Blimp, ready to fly, that is positively buoyant. All the available energy is than used only for motion with minimum losses (mainly on aerodynamic resistance of the envelope). There is no need to use energy to lift payload, components or else as they have “no weight”. A fully set and loaded Blimp will float consuming no energy at all. That is unique to Blimps! Today flexible solar cells with 20%+ conversion efficiency are giving more energy than the Blimp needs for motion and rest electronic onboard consumers. To take advantage of the two above facts the design of the Solar RC Blimp also had to be ground breaking and innovative. Classic Blimp designs with double turn able main motors are great for maneuverability but are adding too much drag on the low part of the Blimp. In the same time the nose (front) of the Blimp is cutting through air making it extremely aerodynamically resistant (see graphic below). So the results are 2 main aerodynamic resistant areas of the Blimp. With that fact in mind we had to redesign the classic Blimp concept. The obvious place for the main propulsion was at the nose (front) of the Blimp.

After several years of trials, errors and corrections we have designed One Main Motor (OMM) - front/nose mounted and the results were finally worthy to be integrated into the Solar RC Blimp concept. We named it UniBlimp. There are several unequivocal advantages of this Blimp design:

  • - Only one main power consumer
  • - Motor positioned in the most sensitive position on the blimp
  • - Power drain reduced by 30% compared to a Blimp of same size
  • - Reduced overall weight
  • - Reduced envelope volume (Allowing 5:1 or better ratio)
  • - Reduced Aerodynamic resistance
  • - Added bonus is reduced side aerodynamic resistance
  • - And several other advantages

Production ready Solar RC Blimp sizes

7 m Solar RC Blimp

7m Solar RC Blimp our base model. It is designed for hours of flight autonomy and able to carry GoPro with gimbal or other similar weight DJI or other camera solution. It has single front strong brushless motor, back reverse motor, Stabilizers with ailerons and bases (Parallel point rail system) for camera rig, batteries and electronics. Depending on your needs it can be delivered with Futaba, few miles range, or with DMD 20 km range. Autopilot is optional for this model/size.

Specification:

  • - 7 m x 1.5 m Solar RC Blimp (Uniblimp type)
  • - Volume up to 10 m3
  • - RC safety valve on top of the envelope
  • - Envelope material Polyurethane 100 microns white UK quality
  • - Double welding technology
  • - Helium permeability 0.5 to 1% on total volume maximum daily – guaranteed
  • - 4 stabilizers with ailerons
  • - 1 low stabilizer reverse motor (left/right control)
  • - 1 horizontal stabilizers reverse motors (up/down control)
  • - 1 main motor positioned on the nose
  • - Solar cells Flisom Switzerland flisom.com
  • - On-board Smart charger/distributor
  • - 6 s Battery 2 x 6000 mAh
  • - 420 kv Hacker A-60 brushless motor (Hacker Brushless motor)
  • - Master Mezon ESC 120 A (120 ESC)
  • - Futaba (Futaba Rx/Tx)
  • - Rest related to the Blimp
  • - Useful payload up to 1.5 kg (Additional payload on a fully set Blimp)
  • - Status Ready to fly - All included except helium
  • - Maximum speed - up to 50 km/h
  • - Air time in-definitively (under normal flight conditions)
  • - Temperature conditions -15 to 55 Celsius
  • - Flight range with Futaba 14 SG up to 4 km
  • - Flight ceiling up to 300 m from start point

Status: Ready to fly (Tested prior to delivery) - All included except helium

Production time: around 30 days due to high custom complexity and our current production schedule

Price: 10.930 Euro / 12.229 USD

FedEx (Transport): price depending on destination

Payment method: 50% to start, 30% during production and 20% when finished prior to delivery

Note: export value (transport papers are at 20% value)

10 m Solar RC Blimp

10 m Solar is a single front engine Solar powered RC Blimp (Airship). Designed to fly until sufficient sunlight with especially designed intelligent power distributor. Able to carry Sony with gimbal or other similar weight cameras or other camera solution. It has a single front strong brushless motor, back reverse motors, Stabilizers with ailerons and bases for camera rig, batteries and electronics. Depending on your needs it can be delivered with Futaba, few miles range, or with DMD 20 km range. Autopilot is optional for this model/size.

Specification:

  • - 10 x 1.7 m (UniBlimp type)
  • - Volume 17 m3
  • - Envelope Area 46 m2
  • - Envelope material Polyurethane 125 microns white UK quality
  • - Double welding technology
  • - Helium permeability 0.5 to 1% on total volume maximum daily - guaranteed
  • - RC Safety valve
  • - RC safety bobbin
  • - Solar cells Flisom Switzerland flisom.com
  • - 4 stabilizers with ailerons
  • - 1 low stabilizer reverse motor (left/right control)
  • - 2 horizontal stabilizers reverse motors (up/down control)
  • - 1 main motor positioned on the nose
  • - Pitchler or Hackler flat design main motor shop.pichler.de or www.hacker-motor-shop.com
  • - Carbon 23 to 25 inch propeller
  • - Battery and control electronics compartment 3D printed
  • - Main motor mount 3D print and aluminum combination
  • - 4 x 6000 mAh 5S LiPo batteries (2 groups by 2 batteries)
  • - 4 to 6 groups of solar cells on top of the Blimp
  • - On-board battery charger and battery charge controller
  • - Smart electronic controller to switch battery packs (charge/use)
  • - Futaba 14 SG (Futaba Rx/Tx)
  • - Rest Blimp and equipment related accessories
  • - Status Ready to fly - All included except helium
  • - Useful payload up to 2.5 to 3.5 kg (Additional payload on a fully set Blimp)
  • - Maximum speed - up to 50 km/h
  • - Air time in-definitively (under normal flight conditions)
  • - Temperature conditions -15 to 55 Celsius
  • - Flight range with Futaba 14 SG up to 4 km
  • - Flight ceiling up to 300 m from start point

Status: Ready to fly (Tested prior to delivery) - All included except helium

Production time: around 30 to 45 days due to high custom complexity and our current production schedule

Price: 27.340 Euro / 30.594 USD

FedEx (Transport): price depending on destination>

Payment method: 50% to start, 30% during production and 20% when finished prior to delivery

Note: export value (transport papers are at 20% value)

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