How a Visit to the RC Manufacturers Made me Appreciate RC Devices
As a professional engineer, I follow various technological innovations with zeal and zest. Sometimes I am amazed at the innovative products, other times I’m stupefied by obvious creations that I never figured out, and sometimes I am even disappointed by the innovation scramble.
Anyway, I have learnt to critique different innovations objectively in order to enhance and sustain innovation. One of the most innovative fields is the field of aviation, especially the military side. This is quite understandable considering that even the maiden flight is still considered an innovative marvel. One creation that has exceeded my expectations in the aviation field is the drone, formally referred to as the unmanned aerial vehicles. However, several years ago, I had an experience that was simply put, dumbfounding.
I visited a remote controlled (RC) aircraft manufacturer and was guided through the process of creating miniature RC helicopters. The process, materials, and planned applications are all mind-boggling.
My Interest in Aviation Made me realize how Important RC Copters are to the Hobbyists
I sometimes consult with aviation manufacturers on various technological issues. One of my aviation clients called on routine business and invited me to the premises for an informal meeting. I must confess that although I regularly consult and even critique aviation innovations, I am not particularly fond of aviation as a hobby.
I have never really considered learning how to fly a RC plane or helicopter leave alone consider buying one. In fact, some of my clients sometimes chide me for my aloofness to this popular hobby. The truth is that I really appreciate the innovative work done by aviation engineers and I really admire the hobby-targeting creations, especially the RC helicopter. On this particular day, I was in for a huge surprise or rather an unprecedented treat.
After discussing our business, my host offered to take me on a tour of the manufacturing wing to view some of their latest innovations. That is when I saw the innovation marvel that is the miniature RC helicopter. I must admit that I am not ignorant of the ongoing progress in the field of miniaturization or even nanotechnology. I am well versed with these ‘futuristic’ developments and I am not easily surprised by technological innovations. However, I was dumbstruck when I was guided through the process of manufacturing the miniature RC helicopter and then told about some of its future applications.
Amazing Technological Advancements to RC Copters
The miniature RC helicopter is a prototype of the real helicopter or even more closely the normal RC helicopter. However, this small gadget that weighs less than 100 grams is simply marvellous.
The miniature RC helicopter is constructed form carbon fibre materials and it uses the very dense lithium polymer as a power source. Electronics are primarily SMD and ASIC components and it uses infra-red instead of radio control. Although it has a very low battery capacity, it supports automatic stabilization. The miniature RC helicopter has miniature DC motors and its manufacture involves a lot of reductions in every aspect.
The engineers are very optimistic that they will resolve the low battery capacity issue and that this small device will be put to use in many applications. Despite this single anomaly, its performance is above par and the company already has orders from the military and various private security firms. Additionally, the miniature RC chopper is bound to be a hit with hobbyists and it also comes as a cute toy. Although I did not value aviation toys as a hobby, I booked one of these miniature choppers before I left the premises.