Hi. I'm making a strange prototype for research into artificial pets in Zero-G. I work at a small college in Vermont, US. I want to start by making a simple, simple, blimp for indoor use that will be powered by one thrusting fan, and held up by a balloon. I can build the frame/balloon. I want one gryoscope on the horizontal axis in the middle of the blimp's frame (not balloon), which will be spherical and covered in artificial fur, about the size of a soccer ball. It's a baby step. I know six thrusters would be great, or puffs of compressed air to move in Zero-G, but I'm not there yet, and working alone for now. I need simple for the first prototype.
So, I need an Arduino, nothing fancy, I guess an R3 Uno?
I'd like to buy parts for it to control the following.
- The single thruster: A cooling fan for computers perhaps or a slow ducted fan jet, 5V, like this?http://www.amazon.com/CabCool-Single-Cooling-Cabinet-Theaters/dp/B001NJ7XFM?
- The gyro: A small motor that I can attach about a 1 to 2 inch metal disc (I'll make) to act as a stabilizer in a gyroscopic way. This can also be on and off, or variable.
- Motor mounts for the above to be able to screw it to something
- A triple axis accelerometer that will be sending signals to the two motors to turn on and off depending on significant changes in direction or stopping.
- A power pack, AA or LiPo. I'll only need about 20 minutes of intermittent on/off motor time.
Thanks for any help or links!