Gadget Freak Case 139: The Autonomous Blimp

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April 27, 2009

 

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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