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Blimpduino 2.0 Kit

4.85714285714 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

$75.00

There are two blimpduino KIT options:

1. Get the Small Blimpduino balloon:

 The KIT will contain the small size 32″ foil balloon and a 300 mAh Lipo battery. Perfect for small rooms. This balloon can lift up to 32 grams. Flying time: up to 20 minutes*

2. Get the Medium Blimpduino balloon:

This KIT comes with a medium size 36″ foil balloon. This balloon can lift 47 grams so can you add up to 10 more grams to the blimpduino. Flying time: up to 35 minutes*

 

What you get with the blimpduino KIT:

  • Blimpduino Control Board + fixing bolts
  • 3x DC 3.7v brush-less motors (2x CW + 1 x CCW)
  • 4x 45 mm propellers (2x CW + 2 x CCW)
  • Double sided sticky tape/pads
  • Optional: 3.7V 300mAh or 500mAh Lipo Battery
  • Optional: 3D printed gondola
  • Optional: 32″ or 36″ Foil balloon (Max payload: 32 and 47 grams respectively)
  • Do you need a bigger balloon (+payload)? contact us at: info@jjrobots.com
* The flying time is heavily conditioned by the way you fly the blimp. Servo headers included but not soldered (we did not want to add weight unless you need them)

  • Pick a balloon size: 32" or 36" diameter. Payload: 32 or 47 grams respectively. The small one (32") can handle the weight of the control board, motors and battery but will struggle to lift any additional load. The Medium size balloon can lift up to 15 additional grams, enough to attach a fpv camera, OPENMV camera, servo...

    • 5 $
    • 7 $

    Ultra-light gondola main frame + wings. If you tick this box, you will get the 3D printed parts too. Gondola weight: 7 grams. You can download the stl model and print it by yourself from here

    • 7.997801 $

    Pick a Lipo battery for your KIT:

    • 6.855258 $

    300 mAh 3.7V battery. Weight: 9,7 grams

     


    • 8.569073 $

    The 36" balloon can lift more weight, so you can attach a larger battery (500mAh) to the blimp.  Battery weight: 15,7 grams.

    Average flying time using this battery: 35min

    • 6 $

    Ok, I am already aware that the 36" balloon can lift the 500mAh battery but I would like an extra battery of just 300 mAh to my KIT.

     Battery weight: 9,7 grams.

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Description

 

Blimpduino FEATURES:

    • Control board: ATMEL ARM-Cortex M0 powerful processor
    • 4 motor outputs. Max output current: 1 Ampere
    • MPU9250 Nine-Axis (Gyro + Accelerometer + Compass) MEMS MotionTracking sensor
    • Built-in USB port Lipo Battery charger. Just connect your blimpduino to any USB port and any 3.7v Lipo battery will be charged.
    • Lidar sensor to measure height (automatic altitude hold). Range up to 4 meters
    • Control it using your smartphone/tablet via the free jjRobots APP (Android /iOS)
    • OPEN SOURCE Arduino coded. Python code to control it available (thoroughly commented)
    • 100% Harmless
    • Powered using a 2 cells LIPO battery (3.7 V)
    • Two SERVO outputs.
    • Increased WIFI range (up to 50 meters)
    • Battery status/ Heading angle/ Height value telemetry
    • Co-operative piloting
The LIDAR onboard sensor used to keep desired altitude can detect a surface up to 4 meters away. The manufacturer states that 5m range can be achieved but the real tests showed us that a more realistic value is 4 meters. Use the control APP to set the desired altitude and the blimp will automatically navigate keeping that distance from its bottom to the floor or any object on it.

USEFUL LINKS

Blimpduino control board (naked)

Blimpduino assembly guide

Control APP (Android)

Control APP (iOS devices)

Blimpduino COMMs protocol details

Control APP user guide

Blimpduino control board SCHEMATIC (v 0.1)

LIDAR Time-of-Flight sensor specifications (pdf)

Blimpduino community (for questions, Mods, add-ons, Code…)

Github repository

Where to get a balloon/ Helium tanks / Refill my balloon

 

 

 

 

 

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 12 x 12 x 4 cm

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5/5
Having fun!

I have used a balloon I got in the party store and after 5 minutes I was flying it like a champ! Planning to attach a camera soon. The assisted navigation and altitude hold -really- works

5/5
The lightweight makes the difference

I really like this control board. Everything weights less than 32 grams so any medium balloon can handle the gondola. I got this kit after insisting before it was released but everything worked as intended. I will add a bigger battery and attach it to a larger balloon and fly it in a climbing arena in a week.

5/5
5 stars kit

First: I got this kit for free to evaluate it. I am trying to be honest here as I have been flying drones since the Arducopter appeared years ago. KIT; Even being a set it up by yourself kit, everything is easy to put together. The control APP works and as it is 100% open you can create your own control APP for your computer. I will love to see how the community provides in the coming months. Good job jjrobots

5/5
Now using a 1.4 meters long balloon

Surprised by the skills displayed by the control board. It can handle and navigate a balloon we needed to lift a GoPRO without problems. We had to tweak a little the Arduino code (easy peasy) and bom! a large blimpduino flying in the warehouse. 5 stars out of 5. Please release the iOS APP control soon jjrobots team

5/5
The airship I needed

I do not know how to put this in words. The thing is: I was expecting a in way difficult to navigate blimp but I was wrong. You can fly it as slow as you want and controlling its altitude make of the blimpduino a very RELAXING airship to fly. I have been flying it in the warehouse 2 hours. It is a magnet for the people. Very GOOD gadget. Waiting for the IOS APP

5/5
Students learning aeronautics

I got the KIT 2 weeks ago. By the day it was released. Since it arrived I have been using it to teach my students about the influence of the shape of the hull in any airship. We have used star shaped balloons, ovoids and spherical forms. The blimpduino is capable to handle all of them but adjustments are needed. Just what I wanted to show.

4/5
Release the iOS version please!

I will give the blimpduino a 4 out of 5 due to the lack of iOS control APP 😛 beside that: I love to fly the balloon

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