Compared to Classic RC Blimp designs
- Low aerodynamic resistant envelope
- Lower power consumption
- Extremely maneuverable
- Longer air autonomy (from hours to day/s)
- Simple to set and use
- Safe to use with one or several redundant safety features
- Minimum logistics required
- Medium RC Piloting skills required
- Reduced electronics complexity
- Stable and vibration free
- While hover almost no energy used
- Extremely strong envelope made with double welding technology
Slim Aerodynamic Profile - "Blimp tunnel effect"
The main problem with classic Blimps and Airships designs is the huge envelope that is the main source of Aerodynamic resistance and subsequently the main power drain. In other words you have to use excess energy to cope with the resistance. As a result the free advantage of helium and hydrogen buoyancy is negated at the start. So we had to reinvent the Blimp and Airship concept.
The UniBlimp invention was slow and went into 2 directions:
- The first was to lower the aerodynamic resistance and drag, and,
- The second was to strip down all not essentials that make’s a Blimp
As you can see clearly, on this wind tunnel simulation, the main resistance point is at the tip (nose) of the Blimp. That problem is solved by placing motor exactly on that location. By doing that we have not only eliminated the main resistance area but created a high pressure front that is actually “sucking” the air and eliminating the “nose” resistance. In the same time, the added bonus, the speed of the air flowing over the envelope, is accelerated creating a sort of “wind tunnel” that is covering the whole envelope. This “tunnel” effect is especially enhanced in our UniBlimp-Duo (front and back motor) where the front motor is “sucking” the air, directing it over the envelope and the back motor “sucking” it again reducing the time needed for the air to flow, therefore, reducing drag. With this “blimp tunnel effect", as we named it, the effect of cross and side winds is reduced up to 40% what is directly affecting less battery drain.
The other direction was a logical deduction from the single motor concept. Stabilizers with ailerons reverse low stabilizer reverse motor and mount for the batteries and electronics where all that we needed to have a maneuverable and precisely controllable Blimp or Airship. All unnecessary weight was stripped to back up the main concept.
RC Blimp or Airship Envelope
Everything is important with Blimps and Airships. But the envelope is obviously the main characteristic of a RC Blimps and Airships – “Big balloons that flies”.
As main component of our UniBlimp we take exceptional care while designing and manufacturing envelopes. The process is:
- 3D design of the envelope
- Large format pattern print
- Careful transfer of the 2D pattern on Polyurethane film (maximum 0.5% error)
- Assembly on especially made tools
- Double welding or triple welding technology process (depending on size)
- After first inflation – rigorous quality control
Respecting those production steps is paramount to produce a High Quality envelope that have maximum 0.5 to 1% of helium or hydrogen permeability on any volume per day.
Simplified controls and reduced components weight
With an envelope ration of 6:1 or higher the helium or hydrogen volume is lowered therefore less total lift. So the obvious path to take was to redesign the RC Blimp and reduce the weight or number of components.
Motors or motor mounts that are positioned low or on envelope sides are out of flight axis (Blimp flight direction) therefore moving the center of gravity and stability. Sometimes this is a desirable solution but in any case it is adding unnecessary weight that was traditional compensated with more envelope volume. To make a “Ferrari” between RC Blimps or RC Airships “fat or large” was out of question.
The solution was to place the main motor in line of the central axis of the Blimp. Backed by a lightweight mount (on a 7 m UniBlimp the motor mount is less than 500g!) the solution was found.
Vectored motor mounts on a UniBlimp-Duo are a step up where bigger RC Blimps or Airships requires more power for flight stability. By making the front motor movable in Z axis and the back motor in X axis we were able to take out ailerons further freeing weight for batteries and rest necessary electronics. This solution is especially rewarding in our Solar UniBlimps (10 and 15 + m).
Stabilizers with ailerons are made of lightweight composite components resulting in large area super lightweight and strong control surfaces.
We use High Quality imported UK Polyurethane which has been tested and retested over 20 years primarily by us (in all weather conditions) and ultimately by our clients.
Aero Drum Ltd has invested an enormous amount of knowledge, work, testing, experience and money in UniBlimp concept. The reason is simple. 1 m3 (Helium or Hydrogen) = 0.9 to 1 kg is a fact. UniBlimp line, our originally developed Blimp designs, is finally taking advantage of that fact. Our UniBlimp design is using and incorporating all up-to-date digital advancements and with an experienced gradual design approach is resulting with a genuine Blimp answer to 21 century expectations.