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Helicopter Had Lift & Pitch, But No Yaw

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tekochip
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Re: How many rotors?
tekochip   4/3/2013 8:46:22 AM
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Most of the inexpensive choppers are contra-rotating, they have two main rotors that spin in opposite directions, and are really stable and easy to control. Changing the speed of the two rotors makes the bird yaw, rotor speed controls lift, and there's a conventional swash plate for pitch, which is the only servo needed.


Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   4/2/2013 8:22:55 PM
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Wow...if that last sentence is true, it's an amazing oversight on the part of the manufacturer. All of the controllers would potentially have this problem. And most of them -- at least the ones not sold to a mechanical engineer -- would have to be replaced.

Ann R. Thryft
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How many rotors?
Ann R. Thryft   4/2/2013 2:33:55 PM
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I'm curious, how many rotors does the helicopter have, i.e., is it perhaps a quadrotor/quadcopter?

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apresher   4/2/2013 1:12:42 PM
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Great story.  Hopefully your son also got exposed to the scientific method when you managed to find and fix this problem.

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Brentlim   4/2/2013 9:29:25 AM
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Sounds like you had a son happy for an engineer dad! Good reminder how important product testing is. Perhaps it was a problem on one of several assembly lines and not all were tested?

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