Department of Geography
Go Force One
- By Robert William Sudekum
LATEST NEWS 5/25/11:
Bobby Sudekum has won the Central NY student of the year award from the American Society for Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing.
Bobby has been invited to the awards dinner in Utica, NY and the award comes with a $1000 prize.
Here is Bobby's story:
I got the idea for Go Force One, by watching a mountain bike film and wondering how they got gorgeously smooth zip-line-like camera angles while zooming through the woods. It felt as if you were flying next to the biker. So I began to think, "How can I get this camera angle, but without a zip line?" I remember day dreaming in Economics of Public Policy and the light bulb going off. I immediately texted my two engineering roommates. They said it would not fly, it was just too heavy. I spent the next couple of weeks researching for the largest foam glider I could find (within my budget). I found one for $10 online and bought two. The first design had the camera on the underside of the fuselage, but I realized that it would be more interesting to the eye if you could see what’s in front of the plane. I made this video so I could get the word out, inspire others, and in return maybe my plane would fly better. We are now in the works of building a plane from the ground up. It’s about 1.5 times bigger than the current Go Force One, and I want to put 3 cameras on it .. It’s going to be called the Go Force Bomber.
See the Go Force One