Plimp v1.0

Lead: James Yang

Launched: Fall 2019
Decomissioned: Fall 2020

This concept for the Plimp was derived from using plane control surfaces that were serviceable to a blimp. The Plimp’s strength has been speed. With a large propeller moving the LTA agent and large control surfaces, it has been very quick in linear motion yet is capable of a decent turn radius. While the two wings control the altitude control. The Plimp utilizes an Adafruit Feather M0 as the micro-controller.

Wayne The Fish

Lead: Robert Hooks

Launched: Fall 2019
Decomissioned: Fall 2020

Wayne The Fish is a fish-like blimp (as the name goes). For motion, it uses a servo-powered fin at the tail to propel it forwards and change the direction of the nose (Yaw angle). Additionally, it has a movable mass that allows the blimp to pitch up or down. Combining these motions, it is able to traverse the 3-D space. Finally, There are 3 passive fins that direct the blimp's path in a straight line while flapping. We have developed a bespoke control board for the blimp that allows the blimp to know its current orientation. It has a 500mAH 1S battery and has the longest run time of 3 hours.