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Gadget Freak Case 139: The Autonomous Blimp

Gadget Freak Case 139: The Autonomous Blimp

Here's a blimp with its own ideas of flight. Nick Wagner and his fellow classmates at Colorado State University designed their infraLED Zeppelin to maneuver in two modes. The first is remote control mode where a transmitter sends directional commands (forward, back, left and right) to the blimp and the blimp responds accordingly. The second mode lets the blimp chart its own course to a predetermined destination. In the autonomous mode, the blimp flies to an infrared (IR) beacon. IR transmitters on the blimp receive a signal from the beacon, and the transmitter facing the beacon receives the most pulses. The blimp then goes in that direction.

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Gadget Freak Case 139 The Autonomous Blimp

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Part Description

Allied Part #

1

9V Battery

729-4097

4

22pF Capacitor

881-0422

1

100 uF Capacitor

852-7080

2

PIC 16F88

383-0496

1

PIC 16F84A

383-0445

1

PIC 16F874

383-0469

1

SN754410 Motor Driver

735-1803

1

5V Voltage Regulator

288-0449

2

4Mhz Crystal

895-0604

5

1k Ohm Resistor

840-0093

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