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Rocket-Powered 21-Foot Long X-Wing Actually Flies

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the fly-me-to-the-moon dept.

Space 310

An anonymous reader writes to tell us that some crazy California enthusiasts have built a 21-foot long model of an X-Wing. While this might be impressive in its own right, this model actually flies. Powered by four solid-fuel rocket engines the group has high hopes for their launch next week. Let's hope the built-in R2 unit makes it out ok.

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310 comments

I am going to take a guess (5, Funny)

darkmayo (251580) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839747)

and that this x-wing will end up as a recreation of Porkins last flight.

Re:I am going to take a guess (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20839923)

This is what happens when people with too much money and creativity decide to do something completely useless. How about they strip off the rockets and find a way to make a house for homeless people? Maybe just do something anything that actually benefits someone somewhere. Silly noise and nonesense is what this is. I think I'll go sit on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids now ..

Re:I am going to take a guess (1, Insightful)

427_ci_505 (1009677) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839979)

With all due respect, Anonymous Coward, fuck off. People without hobbies eventually will go insane.

Re:I am going to take a guess (1)

427_ci_505 (1009677) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840027)

oh woops, I responded to the wrong poster. Sorry, parent poster!

Re:I am going to take a guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20840745)

No, it's the right one. The AC is just hidden.

Daddy! I WANT and Oompa-Loompa! (2, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840805)

Yes, Veruca dearest! But.. Daddy is about to earn his Darwin prize.

Re:I am going to take a guess (2, Insightful)

kd5ujz (640580) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840431)

How about the homeless build their own damn house? Why do people with jobs, and houses, have to support every one that does not.

Re:I am going to take a guess (5, Insightful)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840443)

This is what happens when people with too much money and creativity decide to do something completely useless. How about they strip off the rockets and find a way to make a house for homeless people?

So why are you anonymously trolling on Slashdot instead of out there feeding the poor, curing cancer, or rescuing lost puppies?

Re:I am going to take a guess (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20840447)

The homeless are welcome to their hobbies as well.

Re:I am going to take a guess (0, Flamebait)

corifornia2 (1158503) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840835)

Fuck homeless people. They obviously weren't able to keep their shit together enough to keep a job or a home, so why they fuck should someone with money feel the need to help someone thats just going to fuck up and waste whatever they are given.

Leave that charity shit up to Christians and Bill Gates.

Re:I am going to take a guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20839973)

Only Homeland Security can save him now.

With enough thrust.... (2, Insightful)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839765)

...even an X-wing can fly.

Re:With enough thrust.... (4, Funny)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839869)

If I weld four rockets to it, I wonder if my '67 Impala could fly...

Re:With enough thrust.... (3, Funny)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839981)

You'd probably wind up embedded halfway up a cliff in Arizona after you miss a turn. Do you have a bumper sticker saying "How's my driving? Call 1-800-EAT-SHIT"?

Re:With enough thrust.... (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839997)

yeah, but someone would always show up claiming that they'd read about it before on the internet and you're just copying.

Re:With enough thrust.... (1)

nategoose (1004564) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840601)

You could strap 4 rockets to an oak tree and make it fly.

Re:With enough thrust.... (3, Funny)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840417)

Cut the chatter, Red 414242.

Except that (2, Interesting)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839773)

X-wings aren't aerodynamical (i.e. not enough lift) - they're meant for zero atmosphere - in which case they wouldn't need wings.

Re:Except that (3, Insightful)

Nyago (784496) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839823)

I always assumed the wings were for mounting weapons.

Re:Except that (4, Informative)

Gregb05 (754217) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839863)

The wings were for mounting weapons and maneuverability. There's no atmosphere to push on, but the engines are mounted such that it could turn pretty easily.

Plus it looks kinda neat.

Re:Except that (1)

The Dobber (576407) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840565)


"Lock S-foils in attack position"

Re:Except that (3, Informative)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839885)

Except that we have seen them fly in an atmosphere (Yavin, Hoth, Dagobah, etc.). You could chalk that up to having sufficient thrust to overcoming the need for wings, but even if the wings weren't actually aerodynamic, they would still be affected by aerodynamic forces. Even a sheet of plywood can fly, just not far and not well.

Re:Except that (1)

terrymr (316118) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840255)

Flat wings work well for rockets - we call them fins - they generate lift at non-zero angles of attack which has the effect of straightening the flight of the rocket (or making it turn into a strong wind).

Re:Except that (5, Funny)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839939)

they wouldn't need wings

That's why they don't have wings. They have S-foils.

And anyway, X-wings are quite capable of atmospheric flight. Just as long as you aren't damn fool enough to land one in a swamp; you'd never get it out.

Re:Except that (5, Funny)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839987)

Always with you it cannot be done...

Re:Except that (0)

jtroutman (121577) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839947)

The X-Wing is designed to be an atmospheric craft as well as a space craft, there are several times in the movies where one is flown to the surface of a planet.

Re:Except that (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840247)

Sure. In Armageddon [imdb.com] they landed (and took off again) a shuttle on a rocky mountanous asteroid. So that means the (fictional) X-wing can fly in the atmosphere, right?

Re:Except that (1)

jtroutman (121577) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840659)

Your original comment was "they're meant for zero atmosphere", which I took to mean that we're discussing fictional machines as though they were real. Of course it's a rather poor design for atmospheric flight, but then the folks who came up with them weren't engineers. My response was just to clarify what they were "meant" for, not whether they would actually work in the real world.

Re:Except that (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840735)

Well, we are discussing flying fictional machines in the real world ;)
My original comment was meant to mean "that thing won't 'fly'" (although it can certainly be propelled by a rocket).

Re:Except that (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840285)

If you put a big enough engine on a barn door, you can fly it. Solid rockets give a lot of thrust.

Re:Except that (1)

jointm1k (591234) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840425)

I have never understood the reason for X-wings to be able to fold their wings.

Re:Except that (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840493)

Takes less room on the mothership?

Re:Except that (1)

kryten_nl (863119) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840485)

No, x-wings are designed that way because someone said: "Hey, I've got a cool idea for the rebel fighter" to George Lucas. Does anyone actually think that any aerodynamic calculations were done on it before hand?

Re:Except that (1)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840511)

My impression from the movies was that they have some form of anti-gravity for taxiing, which could also make up for lack of lift during atmospheric flight.

Re:Except that (5, Funny)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840639)

My impression from the movies was that they have some form of anti-gravity for taxiing, which could also make up for lack of lift during atmospheric flight.

Ah. That explains a lot.

'Hmm. Disconnected in the rough landing the main cable to the antigravity device was. No wonder it is, that get this ship out of the swamp he cannot. Reconnect it I will, before to lift it through Force powers I attempt. Impressed will young Skywalker be, and respectful!'

Re:Except that (0, Troll)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840605)

"...in which case they wouldn't need wings."

Logical fallacy. It assumes knowledge of the anti-gravity system.
Someone could easily say that the wings are anti-gravity panels that allow for banked turns. 90. while instant 180 or 90 degree turns sound cool, they would kill a pilot at any useful speed.
That would also be why the SW ships 'bank'.

You could also be less of a jerk, and more sicial apt if you remember something:
It's a FUCKING MOVIE.

Re:Except that (1, Interesting)

sootman (158191) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840667)

Yeah, everyone knows they should have used some JATOs and an Impala. [rocketcarstory.com]

(No, that's not a link to the joke--it's a link to the (very long, very good) story behind the joke. It's absolutely true... maybe. Regardless, it's a great read. If it's fake, it was written by someone good... always reminded me a bit of how Stephen King writes when he's not writing horror. Anyone know for sure?)

Does it fly? (5, Insightful)

tulmad (25666) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839781)

I keep seeing this story in various places. They all say "this model actually flies." The thing is, afaict, it's only ever "flown" in simulation. I don't mean to be mean, but you can't really say an aircraft flies until it actually gets up off the ground.

Re:Does it fly? (5, Funny)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840235)

I used to hang out with model airplane enthusiasts and after watching flying snoopy doghouses, flying witches on brooms, flying lawn mowers, flying pizza pans, carpets, flags, picnic baskets, etc, people would just say, "You can make a brick fly if you put a big enough engine on it".

Re:Does it fly? (1)

dmatos (232892) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840267)

Strap four M-class solid rocket boosters to a filing cabinet and I can pretty much guarantee it will "fly." For certain values of "flying," that is.

Re:Does it fly? (1)

IgnoramusMaximus (692000) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840321)

I don't mean to be mean, but you can't really say an aircraft flies until it actually gets up off the ground.

I don't mean to be mean, but that is still an insufficient criterion. A ton of bricks will get up off the ground given sufficient amount of explosives underneath but a ton of bricks an "aircraft" does not make.

Re:Does it fly? (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840529)

"The Vogon ships hung in the air in exactly the same way that bricks don't"

Re:Does it fly? (3, Funny)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840773)

Does it run Linux?
Will it blend?

Flies... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20839783)

...along a ballistic trajectory.

"Actually Flies" ? (4, Insightful)

MDMurphy (208495) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839787)

The headline is the same from Gizmodo. It's really an X-wing model he PLANS to fly. Check back next week for the success or failure.

Re:"Actually Flies" ? (1)

Geoffrey.landis (926948) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840259)

Yeah, I clicked the link looking for some cool videos of it flying (I love to see that fire and smoke...), but "flies" is a misleading headline. "Plans to be launched sometime in future" is correct.

Re:"Actually Flies" ? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840653)

Yes, ignore the fact that the aeronautics industry uses the same verbage for untested vehicles. Be sure to find some perceived flaw it what someone else is doing so you can feel better about your do nothing go nowhere life.

Model? It's a CRUISE MISSILE! (1, Interesting)

StCredZero (169093) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839805)

This isn't a model. It's a freaking cruise missile! The builders aren't even sure the wings won't fall off in flight! The thing is going to use THREE man-sized parachutes to recover. Put survey-grade relative GPS and an autopilot on this thing, and you have a real cruise missile. (You can get millimeters accuracy out of GPS by using a base station as a reference and getting a delta. But the DOD wants to know about it before you do it!)

Re:Model? It's a CRUISE MISSILE! (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839949)

Survey grade? Doesn't that imply letting it sit for at least a second before taking a reading? I thought GPS systems for high speed flight needs to be a specialized kind because its position changes so quickly.

Re:Model? It's a CRUISE MISSILE! (1)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840057)

For high-speed flight, you use an inertial navigation system for positioning. The GPS is just there to compensate for the inevitable drift in the INS.

Re:Model? It's a CRUISE MISSILE! (1)

StCredZero (169093) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840341)

Yes, but you need to get a reference to your target to within a few feet. There are GPS based "cruise controls" for competition waterskiing now. They can get readings 1000 times a second.

Re:Model? It's a CRUISE MISSILE! (1)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840029)

Well, technically it's more of a SCUD missile, as it has no appreciable guidance. If you did put in GPS and terrain-following radar, then you'd have your cruise missile. And you'd be sure to get a visit from men in dark suits in the middle of the night...

Re:Model? It's a CRUISE MISSILE! (1)

letxa2000 (215841) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840817)

Well, technically it's more of a SCUD missile, as it has no appreciable guidance. If you did put in GPS and terrain-following radar, then you'd have your cruise missile. And you'd be sure to get a visit from men in dark suits in the middle of the night...

... Asking how much it costs and could you mass produce them?

Good thing for R2 (4, Insightful)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839817)

Even with the aluminum rods, however, there's the possibility of structural damage. We asked Andy about how he expected the flight to go: "it's likely we will have a structural failure in the wings, but we are hoping it will hold."

"R2, that stabilizer has broken free again... see if you can't lock it down...

While I applaud the effort, I have a bad feeling about this. If one of the four solid rocket motors fails to ignite or ignites early/late, you're going to have a 22 foot (or more) long pile of scrap wood and aluminum.

Re:Good thing for R2 (2, Informative)

jmdc (1152611) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839879)

The actual quote is "R2, that stabilizer's broken loose again ..."

Re:Good thing for R2 (2, Funny)

veganboyjosh (896761) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840113)

The actual quote is "I've got a bad feeling about this..."

Re:Good thing for R2 (3, Insightful)

ILongForDarkness (1134931) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840315)

I wonder if they will try to "rail" launch it? The rails will guide if for the first 10 ft or so, giving all engines time to kick in. One would presume with a project this size, there is a bunch of amateur rocketeers in the mix to pick apart the launch. Either it flies which would be pretty cool, or it blows up, or crashes into the ground. Either way a pretty cool You-Tube video (I'm hoping for the fire ball, more entertaining :)

Re:Good thing for R2 (1)

WasteOfAmmo (526018) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840435)

I wish the team all the best and I definitely want to see the video's of the flight but I have to agree that the end will probably not be happy.

Obviously from RTFA some of these people know what they are doing (some of them are from Polecat Aerospace [polecataerospace.com] so perhaps the effort has a good chance of paying off. Regardless of it flying or not this would be a great advertising piece or lawn ornament!

--
Check out a great indi-band's music and help a girl win a guitar:Art Of Dying [worst-decision.com] . More info in my journal entry [slashdot.org] .

Re:Good thing for R2 (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840507)

Exactly the same logic that would ens all progress.
Don't do it, it might break!

Actually flies?!?!? (0, Redundant)

TheAwfulTruth (325623) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839819)

TWO /. articles claiming that it "actually flies" when it actually has NOT flown and will more than likety completely self destruct in a giant fire ball when they attempt it...

Well the video shuld be spectacular anyway. :)

But seriously, until it has flown it is entirely wrong to say that it actually flies, espceially something that has like a 5% chance of "flying" for any period of time at all.

Re:Actually flies?!?!? (1)

letxa2000 (215841) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840859)

But seriously, until it has flown it is entirely wrong to say that it actually flies, espceially something that has like a 5% chance of "flying" for any period of time at all.

There's a 50/50 chance of it flying... but there's only a 10% chance of that!

Birch wood spacecraft (1)

edxwelch (600979) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839917)

Were the origonial X-Wings made out of Birch wood as well? Maybe that would explain why they were so susceptible to tie fighter laser fire.

ok, sure it flies... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20839921)

if you strap enough rockets to a rock it will fly too.

its the landing that is important.

Strap enough propellant on! (3, Interesting)

codepunk (167897) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839931)

Hey if you strap enough propellant on a pig it will fly. Nice work but the word "flies" is a real stretch
of the imagination.

Re:Strap enough propellant on! (2, Insightful)

grassy_knoll (412409) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840271)

I'd pay money to see that.

Especially if there was a BBQ afterwords ( during? ).

Re:Strap enough propellant on! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20840517)

It's just a little airborne, it's still good, it's still good!

Re:Strap enough propellant on! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20840533)

That's no pig - it's a space station!

Won't this attract unwanted imperial attention? (5, Funny)

EvilSpudBoy (1159091) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839963)

All we need is for the empire to think there is a rebel base here, and they will send the death star to blow up Earth. In which case that thing better fly and it better have one hell of a pilot.

That's no moon (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840037)

google=empire [google.com]

Re:Won't this attract unwanted imperial attention? (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840641)

> the empire ... will send the death star to blow up Earth.

Not likely. [slashdot.org]

Just goes to show you... (1)

Maliron (1026708) | more than 6 years ago | (#20839999)

NEVER underestimate the power of geeks in large numbers!

It's impressive to see though, that is for sure. Can't wait to see the flight video, and if it's successful, what they will be adding to it's functionality.

Call Homeland Security (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20840007)


At 1-800-ALQ-AEDA [huffingtonpost.com] and warn them of this threat.

Update (3, Funny)

Diginosis (1132933) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840017)

"We are greatly saddened today when we learned that while testing the rocket powered X-Wing fighter, a rocket powered bionic arm developed by the US military came out of nowhere and punched a hole through the engine compartment. Jek Porkins Jr., the pilot of the craft was quoted as last saying, 'NO, I'm all ri-- Aah!' as the plane plummeted to an unknown location."

-X-Wing fighter engineering staff

Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20840023)

Is the person fourth from the left male or female?

They're building a rocket plane (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20840123)

not having sex, little kiddie.

Re:They're building a rocket plane (2, Funny)

east coast (590680) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840289)

Of course they're not having sex. That goes without saying. After all, they're Star Wars geeks.

My computer "actually flies" too! (1)

Ang31us (1132361) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840045)

All I have to do is throw it from my office window and watch as it "flies" down 19 floors to its destruction. "She always wanted to make a big slash on Broadway."

XMAS Must Haves (1)

bostons1337 (1025584) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840049)

Better add this little toy to the top 10 list of geek gifts for Xmas.

call me (1)

kevin.fowler (915964) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840051)

call me when they do this with a b-wing... without recreating a giant, metal, rocket-powered helicopter seed.

Get in trouble? (1)

This_Is_My_Happening (1151393) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840055)

Won't you be getting a nasty visit from some government types if you launch a 21 ft rocket without some kind of clearance? The article didn't mention them telling the FAA or state authorities of their plans...

Re:Get in trouble? (1)

Juggle (9908) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840379)

This is a four day event with an FAA waiver. I've attended it the past three years and these guys are very careful to dot all their I's and cross all their T's when it comes to safety. They're also no strangers to large unstable models.

In just the past two years they've done equally large models of an Estes Fat Boy, A little joe, A Russian N1 moon rocket, and a Space shuttle complete with RC Orbiter (which unfortunately did bump into a VW upon landing.)

They're also pretty good at simultaneous ignition, last year they did 1,000+ mosquitoes and managed to get all but a few to light off.

just like Samurai Jack (1)

FranTaylor (164577) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840063)

No fly, jump good!

this will end badly. (5, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840081)

From my extensive model rocketry background getting multiple rockets to fire all at once is incredibly hard. getting 4 of them to fire at once spread out that far apart will be a nightmare. clustered together one misfire or late fire will not affect the trajectory too much, that far apart it will affect the trajectory dramatically, one not firing on one side will spin it out of control as soon as it leaves the launch rod. one late firing will turn it really hard at the end of the burn.

I hope they are completely ok with it pinwheeling out of control along the ground as the chances of that happening are higher than most suspect.

Re:this will end badly. (2, Interesting)

fmobus (831767) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840401)

well, you could have some sort of release mechanism holding the plane, so that it just releases the plane when all four rockets have ignited. For example, have someone with a trigger mechanism observe the ignition and release the plane as soon as all rockets are on.

Of course, you'd have to build a structure strong enough to support the force of multiple rockets, but that's beyond me. And you'd still have to consider one rocket ending sooner than others. Nothing is perfect.

Re:this will end badly. (2, Interesting)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840689)

I would expect there to be an even greater likelihood of one motor burning out before the others...

Re:this will end badly. (1)

zerocool^ (112121) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840727)


How about "Light all four rockets, THEN release whatever mechanism is keeping it earth-bound".

WWW.SAVELOUIS.COM (1)

Porn Perez (1146003) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840087)

Nice/WWW.SAVELOUIS.COM

swamp landing (3, Funny)

icebones (707368) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840155)

Fromm the ammount of wood they used, I wonder if this one might actually float if it landed in a swamp

If they wanted to be really original (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840189)

They would have modded a jet pack into a radio controlled R2-D2. Sure, it would only fly for about 30 seconds, but it'd be hella more impressive.

I wonder if... (1)

apdyck (1010443) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840357)

Do you think the purpose of this x-wing may be to claim the Google Lunar X Prize [googlelunarxprize.org] ? If so, it would probably burn up in the atmosphere on the way back down, being made of wood and all. Not the best planning, if I don't say so myself!

If you put enopugh engines on it... (1)

waterford0069 (580760) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840367)

"if you put enough engines on it, a brick will fly"

Re:If you put enopugh engines on it... (1)

iknowcss (937215) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840847)

No! You fool! Don't give them ideas [wikipedia.org] !

But does it have (3, Funny)

MeditationSensation (1121241) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840387)

laser weapons that make sound in the vacuum of space?

Re:But does it have (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840409)

No, but it does have an on board computer that detects when lasers are firing and sends it to the pilots audio.

Um.. Yeah... (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840427)

This can't possibly end well. Dude might want to make sure his life insurance is current...

With adequate thrust, even pigs fly (1)

jabber (13196) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840441)

I'd like to know if it can steer, and if it can land in such a way that it can fly again.

lost tiree, lost dutch... (1)

apodyopsis (1048476) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840461)

"lost tiree, lost dutch,...

.. lost all sense of dignity, proportion and pride".

For gawds sake it was only a film. this is almost as tragic as the people who turn their homes into "fully functional" Star Trek starship cabins.

I like StarWars as much as the next person, but have some pride and dignity. These people are clearly smart, motivated engineers - is this really the best they could do with their time? If you are that interested then why no go the whole hog and build a little mini UAV or enter one of the DARPA challenges or something. Hell, even Robot Wars would be better then this.

I wish you well, I hope you have not built a 21st century spruce goose - but please, find a better outlet for your undoubted and evident talents.

Better Idea (1)

E++99 (880734) | more than 6 years ago | (#20840487)

They got radio-controlled motors to make the X-wings open and close during flight. Why? Doesn't it seem a lot more worthwhile, if you're going to go to all that trouble, to make actual control surfaces -- so you could maybe actually roll, or level out into level flight after hitting a certain altitude? It would seem a whole lot cooler to do that, and leave the wings fixed, rather than flap the wings around just so you can see them flapping around.

None of this changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20840723)

None of this changes the fact that Star Wars is for kids.
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