I want all of the cabin components to pop out of the plane as one cradle module. The servos, receiver, etc are mounted on the cradle along with other specialized payloads. Nothing is glued down - everything is fastened to the cradle. This means that each module I put into the plane will have electrical connectors for the on/off switch and motor, and mechanical connectors for the pushrods. My Apprentice now becomes an experimental aircraft that can perform specific tasks depending on the module it carries.JohnOSullivan wrote:Dennis:
i have a bit of a question about your coupling of the brass collars on the rod to the nosewheel steering and how it operates.
It seems a bit of an overcomplication. As one who is too stupid to invent complex systems, I use the simplest mechanisms possible.
Could you explain the purpose of the collars and what they do?
For example, I am building an infrared detection module that will detect heat sources (whales, forest mammals, people, other man-made heat sources, etc) when the plane flies over an area of interest. The applications include, surveillance (commercial and military), fire detection, police activities, marine mammal detection, and others.
Change the module in the field, and within minutes the Apprentice becomes an airborne photo and video platform. I have a business interest in developing the modules.