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Aerospace comprises the atmosphere of Earth and surrounding space. Typically the term is used to refer to the industry that researches, designs, manufactures, operates, and maintains vehicles moving through air and space. Aerospace is a very diverse field, with a multitude of commercial, industrial and military applications.



Dancing with the Birds

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It was a sunny morning at Ancol Beach, and I stood on a vacant lot a few hundred meters from the ocean front. The air was quite calm, which makes it perfect for my flight exercise. The beeps from the T380’s controller electronics marked the start of its propellers’ rotation. Stirring the dust on the ground, the quadcopter lifted off gracefully with its characteristic buzzing noise which got fainter as it gained altitude. Soon enough, I could no longer hear its buzzing motors, except for the occassional boost when I yanked the throttle up. So there, wearing my eyeglasses, I looked up and saw the glitter of sun rays reflected by the metallic cylinders in T380’s motors.  For the next hour, I become absorbed in piloting my remote-controlled quadcopter. The T380 is a quadcopter produced by a Chinese company aptly named LotusRC. I covered it a few months ago on on this article: First Impressions of T380 Quadrotor RC Aircraft

Within a few minutes after my quadcopter lifted off, I noticed flocks of birds coming from nowhere, surrounding my T380 like mosquitoes gather around me. Perhaps they were attracted to its buzzing noise which may similar to the sound of a swarm of bees, or perhaps the glitter from the motor casings rouses their curiosity.


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First Impressions of a T380 Quadrotor RC Craft

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The giddy ten-year old boy within me is alive and kicking again. 

After doing the job as field LIDAR technician for a while, I become obsessed with aircrafts. As the cost to own and maintain a real, full-sized aircraft is prohibitively expensive for this lowly employee, and furthermore I am not qualified to fly one of those, I settled with smaller models – the cheap remote controlled tiny helicopters with counter-rotating propellers. Yeah I know it’s just toys. After ruined four units of those cheap three-channel RC helicopters in the past few months as an “intro” to this hobby, I gained more knowledge and more interest on remote controlled aircrafts, and then I decided to go serious. Real radio controllers, heavier aircrafts, and outdoor flying in the wind and sunshine.

I ended up ordering a quadrotor from a Chinese vendor, a LotusRC T380, also known as HPQ-1 in other countries. After about 2 weeks, finally the aircraft arrived in an almost ready to fly package, along with its radio controller, a 7-channel 2.4 GHz  DEVO7. I just added a 3S 2250 mAh battery bought from a local hobby shop and install the propellers, everything else has been done, including the tuning. The radio transmitter is pre-configured to be used with the T380, which makes it really “ready to fly”.


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