On the Fly
Technology Takes Off
Exhibition Closing Sunday, Apr 6, 2014
Closeup of the quadcopter.
The quadcopter reads patterns on the arena floor.
A quadcopter in flight.
The quadcopter team performs for a crowd.
Quadrotor demonstration in progress.
The quadcopters hover in the arena.
Fleet Gallery Facilitator Andrea Bliven demonstrating how a visitor’s creation flies in the Wind Tube.
Explore aerodynamics and flight technology in the Fleet’s newest exhibition, On the Fly: Technology Takes Off. The exhibition features multiple daily performances by small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), complemented by interactive stations where visitors can create flying objects of their own and then test them out using wind tubes or a motorized airplane launcher. A digital media kiosk highlights current events involving unmanned flight technology and its uses.
The UAV performances take place in the Main Gallery in a temporary arena measuring 14.4’ x 27’ x 12’. The UAVs take flight in the arena, hovering, moving, reassembling and reshaping the space. This fascinating display highlights the unique characteristics of the UAVs and how they fly, using magnetometers, pressure sensors, ultrasound sensors, gyroscopes rotors and motors.
After enjoying the show, you can apply the principles of aerodynamics to create your own aircraft in On the Fly. The Fleet provides all the supplies, and you provide your creativity in crafting a flying object. See how well your creation takes flight by testing it out in a wind tube or sending it into the sky with the motorized airplane launcher.
Hurry into the Fleet, and enjoy this exhibition until it takes off!
The On the Fly exhibit and demonstration area are made possible by Charles and Lisa Bergan, an anonymous donor, Beyster Family Foundation Fund IV, Qualcomm Inc., Brain Corporation, Matt and Dawn Grob and General Atomics.