Evolution of the WowWee FlyTech Bladestar

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

The first 4 FlyTech BladestarTM designs were all different configurations of rotors and motors, but #5 and #6 (pictured here) used the configuration pictured here. It's very heavy at 18 grams (0.63 ounces), and also quite large, around 45cm (17.7 inches) in diameter.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

Underside of FlyTech Bladestar #6. Shows two small washers added for gyroscopic stability, later replaced by aluminum foil.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

FlyTech Bladestar #7. This one is much smaller than #6 -- only weighs 6 grams (0.2 ounces) and 25 cm (9.8 inches) in diameter.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

Underside of FlyTech Bladestar #7. You can see how tiny the battery and brains are.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

FlyTech Bladestar #7.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

Another view of FlyTech Bladestar #7. This one was later retrofitted to be able to detect the ceiling, making it the first semi-autonomous flyer.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

Early circuit board used in FlyTech Bladestar #8. Powered by an Atmel Tiny chip. It’s only 20mm (0.8 inches) in diameter!

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

FlyTech Bladestar #8 with second revision brain, larger motors, and battery. Weighs 10 grams (0.353 ounces) and flight times over 11 minutes on a charge!

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

The underside of FlyTech Bladestar #8.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

FlyTech Bladestar #9 was the first one to get a body and proper brain with a new pcb. First time both ceiling and side sensors are operational.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

Early computer rendering of the final design.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

Computer rendering of the carrying case design.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

Computer rendering to testing out some different wing patterns.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

First fitting for the carrying case – note the battery holder on the left-hand side, a little-known feature!

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

Finalizing the remote controller design. This version has more buttons than the final product.

WowWee FlyTech Bladestar Evolution

Final product ready to take flight!

Comments

Nocturnal's picture

I like that wing design in the last photo! I always love these evolution articles.

roboboa's picture

I noticed the picture showing the bladestar and remote in packaging it has Duracell batteries included

Nocturnal's picture

Thats a prototype model of the case, with spare batteries in the battery holder, you could say it was a test fit. I don't know if Wow Wee ever planned to ship batteries with it, but I doubt it.

roboboa's picture

the real thing does not have battries.

Currahee's picture

do they sell the bladestar with the wing design that is in the last picture

scknight's picture

Does anyone know does the final bladestar product still use an Atmel chip?