Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Goals and Conditions

So, this will mostly be a learning experiment, because I need a constructive excuse for new toys! And what would be more constructive then learning something new?

But to be fair and to treat this as a real project, some thoughts have gone into what to expect from it ...

Goals are the following:
  • learn FlighGear simulator
  • try out RC plane modeling / flying
  • learn basics of avionics and navigation
  • learn Android programming / hacking
  • brush up on electronics and signal processing
  • figure out what else is needed to make this project successful
Here it might be good to stress out that this is not necessarily the order, since the execution is more or less free for all. And how are we going to judge it a success?

Conditions that apply:
  • acquiring any new and beneficial skill or knowledge
  • having a blast (it's starting as an vacation project after all)
  • possibly in midst of all this creating something shinier and more interesting engagement of my time
  • controlling device and/or flying contraption spontaneously combust or disappears in a hole of space and time
  • result being a flying contraption of sorts, capable of navigation on it's own with an added bonus of being able to take a few awesome pictures
Any of these and the project will be considered time well spent! As from now on, anything goes, see what happens.

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