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A01 - Construction and flying a radio controlled lighter than aircraft powered by cycloidal propellers

Cycloidal (Vertical axis) propellers have been used in some form for over a hundred years in various applications, mostly on boats. The flexibility of directional control is it’s main advantage, a simple rotational change of the blades and the direction is changed.

Recent Developments

Over the last 30 years, small teams of engineers and businessmen have worked to develop the airship concept.  Using advances in engineering techniques, improved materials and practical innovation these groups have tested new ideas, and in many cases re-discovered concepts that have lain dormant until the materials sciences could catch up.  Occasionally larger corporations or government departments put some effort in to projects to investigate the state of the market; but shifting personnel, budgetary constraints and a lack of immediate need, have usually closed down these projects

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