WingBoard - Carve the Sky
WingBoard - Carve the Sky
The WingBoard combines the thrill of wakeboarding and skydiving to launch the next revolution in aerial adventure sports!
The WingBoard combines the thrill of wakeboarding and skydiving to launch the next revolution in aerial adventure sports! Read more
About this project
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Remember Kit Cloudkicker? Scores of millennials grew up watching TaleSpin, dreaming of carving through the sky like Kit on his airfoil. With the Wyp WingBoard, surfing the clouds is finally a reality. Whether it’s wakeboarding, gliding, skydiving, wing walking, or flying with a wingsuit, adventure enthusiasts continue to push the envelope. The WingBoard takes the thrill of these adventure sports to another dimension, combining the exhilaration of prolonged flight with the rush that comes when you’re in control.
The WingBoard development has been broken down into 3 phases:
- Phase 1: 1/6th scale model to prove aerodynamics - Complete
- Phase 2: 40% model to prove safety features - In Fundraising
- Phase 3: Full scale prototype - Starting Fall 2015
Initial development and proof of concept has evolved rapidly over the last 18 months in Phase 1 of the WingBoard development. The aerodynamics of the WingBoard have been proven through our current 1/6th scale model, as can be seen on our YouTube channel. The next phase (Phase 2) will consist of development of a ~40% scale model to test and refine all of the safety features, normal operating procedures, and emergency procedures and measure the forces on a fully articulated human analog to prove that it is safe enough for anyone to fly. We plan to fully instrument the Phase 2 model to measure the forces on the rider, reduce the testing and development of the Phase 3 full-scale manned platform, and prove that anyone is capable of operating the WingBoard.
The Phase 2 prototype will truly be a sight to behold: at 3 feet tall with a 6 foot wingspan, in the air it will be hard to distinguish from the final full-scale version!
We need your help to help bring this dream of so many to reality. It would be relatively inexpensive to develop a large model that can fly; however, our goal is to replicate in precise, large-scale detail a fully articulated and instrumented human analog and WingBoard. Our goal is to design the Phase 2 prototype with the same detail as the final manned prototype to reduce Phase 3 development time and risk.
Help us spark the next revolution in aerial sports. We have some great gifts for you in return!
More About the WingBoard
Visit our website for full details on the design, development, and current prototype!
We will contact you to make sure you receive your preferred size and color. Polos and T-shirts are available in either Charcoal with Green lettering or Green with Charcoal lettering. Show your support wherever you go. Polos are lightweight and moisture-wicking, they are especially good for those long days in the sun at airshows or on the flight line!
1/6th Scale Prototype:
Be the hit at the local flying field with your own version of the 1/6th scale prototype currently flown in the promo video and used for testing. There will not be a person in attendance who isn't amazed and intrigued by this crazy flying device! Not only is it a showstopper, with the autopilot handling wing leveling, it is a breeze to fly: center the sticks and watch it follow the tow-plane through the sky while maintaining full maneuverability for those crowd-stunning loops and inverted passes! Three options are available to have your own:
- Bind and Fly: This is a ready-to-fly, flight-tested version. All you need is a transmitter setup to control it!
- Hardware Only: This unit requires some assembly, typically considered as an ARF. All of the components are fabricated and ready for assembly; all you need to do is add the electronics and with a little final assembly, you are ready to fly.
- Build Your Own: Receive all the files and drawings needed to build your own model. A 3D printer (we used a Makerbot Replicator 2) is required to complete the rider unit and center section of the board. A hot wire and foam are used for the outer portions of the board. Two options are available: 1) just the files and drawings required or 2) a full assembly and tuning manual with the files.
The following components are required to complete the 1/6th scale prototype WingBoard:
- Rider - 3D printed and painted
- WingBoard - 3D printed and hot wire cut foam core with carbon fiber tube spar, covered in monocote and painted
- High Torque Digital servos (3) - Required to animate the rider
- Micro Servos (2) - Required for the ailerons
- 300 mAh 2 cell lithium battery - Used to power the system
- Ardupilot - Autopilot used for wing leveling
Have your own personal model of the WingBoard with the 1/15th scale 3D printed desktop model! The model measures 8"W x 7"L x 5"T. Two options exist to have your own: receive either a full printed and assembled model, or the files to print your own! The files are sized to be printed on most 3D printers on the market. The model below was printed as 6 pieces in about 7 hours on a Makerbot Replicator 2.
Here is the breakdown of what the funds from this Kickstarter campaign will go toward:
- Nov 2014-Jan 2015: Design 40% scale model and obtain required hardware.
- Jan-Feb 2015: Manufacture and fine-tune 40% human analog. This will entail setup of high-end robotic servos and controller boards, representing 1/3 of the development costs.
- Feb-Mar 2015: Manufacture composite WingBoard including binding system and parachute. This represents about 1/6 of the development costs.
- Mar-Apr 2015: Fine-tune electronic controls and data acquisition system, representing approximately 1/4 of the development costs.
- May-Sept 2015: Flight test and demonstrate the 40% scale prototype, representing approximately 1/4 of the development costs.
- Oct 2015-May 2016: Develop and fabricate the Phase 3 full-scale version of the WingBoard.
- Jun-Dec 2016: Flight testing of the prototype manned WingBoard.
- Jan-May 2017: Fabrication of production WingBoards.
Risks and challenges
The current 1/6th scale model has mitigated many of the risks and has proven to be a simple easy to fly prototype!
The devil is in the details: The full scale safety features are based off of existing technology, providing little design risk. However, some challenges will exist in scaling down the full size safety features to work in the 40% scale WingBoard of Phase 2. The risk is not in completion, but in time it may take more time than planned to complete.
The biggest risk is the regulation of the full-scale manned version. It is still unknown what requirements regulators (e.g. FAA) will place on the operator or what it will be classified as. There are several examples though, as products such as wingsuits and rigid wing packs have recently received approval to fly throughout the world. Regulations placed on the WIngBoard would not be insurmountable, however: the risk is just in delays with regulator red tape. We will be working with local FAA officials over the course of Phase 2 to determine the certification and rider requirements in preparation for Phase 3 flight testing and beyond.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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