- Page 1:A Time to Make Something Awesome
- Page 2:A Little Bit of Background
- Page 3:The Birth of an Idea
- Page 4:Taking the Plunge: Buying Some Parts
- Page 5:Building the First Prototype
- Page 6:Overhaul: Taking the Prototype to a New Level
- Page 7:A Few Polishing Touches and a Mini Conversion
- Page 8:Future Developments and More Information
A Little Bit of Background
William has always had a very intense interest in flight, beginning with remote-control planes, gliders, and other fixed-wing craft. It wasn't long after that when his interests grew into remote-controlled helicopters as well, giving him some excellent insight into the dynamics of rotor-based flight.
Eventually, Williams love for flight went from hobby to career, sparking an interest in biology and bionics, specifically the unsteady aerodynamics of flapping winged flight of birds. Currently, William is pursuing a PhD on the subject, giving him a strong foundation for aircraft design. In fact, William has already begun designing remote-control planes.
Despite his strong background in remote-controlled aeronautics, William had next to no experience with electronics or programming prior to starting his Shrediquette project, both of which were integral skills he was required to develop.
Like most graduate students, he also didn't have a lot of money to throw away on parts and components for experiments without knowing that they were the proper components. Because of this, it was primarily ambition that drove William's initial progress, and with careful planning and design, he was able to keep his costs low.