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PowerUp 3.0 for Paper Airplanes

I discovered a very interesting article in a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal, on the front page no less, discussing the PowerUp 3.0 guidance and propulsion system for paper airplanes.

PowerUp 3.0 installed on a paper airplane

PowerUp 3.0 installed on a paper airplane

It took me some time to understand what was going on. Essentially, with the PowerUp 3.0 system, you purchase a receiver, motor, rudder control and battery all mounted on a light weight rod.

You can mount this assembly onto a paper airplane or presumably an airplane design of your own with more conventional building materials of balsa and tissue covering.

PowerUp 3.0 receiver, motor, prop and rudder on rod assembly

PowerUp 3.0 receiver, motor, prop and rudder on rod assembly

But the really neat part of the PowerUp 3.0 system is that you control the model with a smart phone. You download an App to your iPhone/Android and make a connection with the control module via Bluetooth. You actually fly the model with your phone. Tilt the phone up or down to control pitch, and left or right for turns. There is even a throttle on the smartphone to control power.

It looks like there is a bit of work with trimming to get the paper airplane to fly correctly. Using a Google search, I went to purchase a PowerUp set at A Main hobby. The system is on back order until the end of June. I’ll have more to report once I get my hands on the equipment, but it looks like a lot of fun and a very innovative approach to radio control (or maybe blue tooth control?) for small, indoor model aircraft.

More to follow!