Stormhawks
Stormhawks
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa
Pitso Mangoro
Johannesburg, South Africa
  • South Africa
    Muhammed Dangor
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • South Africa
    Tshireletso Mango
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • South Africa
    Sambharthan Cooppan
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • South Africa
    Azhar Cassim
    Johannesburg, South Africa
Round achieved
  • 1Round 1
  • 2Round 2
  • 3Round 3

Their project

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Their project

Supplanting Fly-by-Wire (FBW) with a hybrid Visible Light Communication (VLC)–FBW system
  • 13 June 2013

    Amazing presentations yesterday at Airbus!

    The pressure now moves from the finalists to the jury, who have the difficult task of selecting a winner. Find out more about how the finalists prepared their presentations in our diary posts on the Fly Your Ideas Billboard!
  • 07 June 2013

    It’s time for the 2013 Fly Your Ideas Final!

    The five finalist teams will arrive in Toulouse soon and we will be posting a daily diary throughout next week so you can follow their adventures with us. Share your support for them on your Teamline and let us know how you are enjoying the action!
  • May 2013
  • 18 May 2013

    Still reaping the fruits of being in round 2

    on the 17th of May, we conducted interviews with Total Eclipse studio to be featured in a documentary for Department of Science and Technology of South Africa.
  • 17 May 2013

    Thanks to Airbus

    Would like to thank Airbus for hosting this competition, what an experience it has been. Thank you, bowing out with respect
  • April 2013
  • 11 April 2013

    11 April 2013, 15:20 SAT

    It was on this very day and time that the Stormhawks, handed in their account of could possibly change air flight control. It was a life changing journey. Thank you Airbus FYI. Now we wait for the 7th May. All the best to the other teams :-)
  • 11 April 2013

    Submitted

    Yeeaah!! we finally submitted...We are confident about our work and sure we will make it to round 3. So, France and Germany here we come...
  • 09 April 2013

    First draft of report done and sent to mentors

    Report is almost ready. Would be great if we could get quick responses from mentors.
  • 09 April 2013

    Video looking great

    The final editing was done by last Wednesday already. One step closer to submission.
  • 08 April 2013

    Good luck! The deadline is approaching!

    You are nearly there! Don’t wait until the last minute to upload your files. We can’t wait to see your video!
  • 05 April 2013

    We’re awarding the most visited Team!

    You worked hard to keep us all updated, so now it’s time to award your efforts! The Best Teamline for R2 title will go to the team who received the highest number of visits during R2. Don’t miss out on the chance to be featured on Airbus TV!
  • 05 April 2013

    A week to go

    With a week remaining for submission, our video is done, our report will soon be done as well..
  • 05 April 2013

    Varsity Re-opened

    2nd 1/4 of the 1st semester, seems we will update less...
  • 03 April 2013

    Qoute of the day

    "Creativity is intelligence having fun" Albert Einstein
  • 03 April 2013

    Our Video

    Our video is almost done - thanks Andrew
  • 03 April 2013

    Our New Logo

    Check our epic new logo - thanks Andrew
  • 02 April 2013

    Happy Birthday Pitso!!

    Today is our team leader's birthday. May he have many more and may he shine like the star he is!
  • 01 April 2013

    Moment of truth!

    Did you already start working on your video? At the end of R2 up to five teams will be selected for the video competition which will be decided by an online vote. Check out the tips in the Knowledge Centre to help you make a start if you didn’t do so yet!
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  • 01 April 2013

    Thinking Out-side the box #2

    How about we use VLC for back-up of the traffic lights (robots). Most cars employ LED lighting, we can use these for point to point communication with traffic lights
  • 01 April 2013

    Thinking Out-side the box

    We can use these LEDs in the cabin to transmit data for flight controls.
  • 01 April 2013

    Did You Know

    The A380 features a bulbless illumination system. LEDs are employed in the cabin, cockpit, cargo and other fuselage areas. The cabin lighting features LEDs capable of simulating the cabin ambience illumination from daylight to night
  • March 2013
  • 30 March 2013

    12 hour day

    Spent almost 12 hours for a 3 minute video, we now officially respect filmmakers. This is how late we left.
  • 30 March 2013

    The last scene for the day

    we finished off with Sam's introductory scene.
  • 30 March 2013

    Scene 4: Azhar: above the Physics lab

    Azhar discussing the placement of the system . Check out the background, we most certainly loved it.
  • 30 March 2013

    The Sky's the limit!

    Muhammad might reach the sky quicker than all of us :) ... great way to unwind though.
  • 30 March 2013

    scene 3: Pitso: Outside chemistry lab

    Well this was a rather tricky location. The sun wasn't very friendly, but we persisted.
  • 30 March 2013

    scene 2: tshireletso: chamber of mines atrium

    Tshireletso, explaining the novel VLC-FBW flight control system.
  • 30 March 2013

    SCENE 1: SAM: OUTSIDE GREAT HALL

    Sam explaining FBW, using keywords and diagrams on the glass ... the glass won't be visible in the video ;)
  • 30 March 2013

    scene 1: Sam: Outside Great hall

    Sam explaining FBW, using keywords and diagrams on the glass ... the glass won't be visible in the video ;)
  • 30 March 2013

    LET THE CAMERA ROLL!!

    Well this was supopsed to be scene 1, however there were too many reflections on the glass. Reflected on the glass is the famous Wits Great Hall!
  • 30 March 2013

    Let the camera roll!!

    Well this was supopsed to be scene 1, however there were too many reflections on the glass. Reflected on the glass is the famous Wits Great Hall1
  • 30 March 2013

    "Wait, I think I forgot my lines"

    It's 8am, and shooting is about to start... but wait, we forgot our lines :). The script was well written, thank you Andrew!
  • 30 March 2013

    Setting up for shooting video

    The journey begins after lifting heavy filming equipment from Andrew's car.
  • 27 March 2013

    Looking for tips? Ask the Expert!

    Have you tweeted your questions for tomorrow’s live Twitter Q&A with Ian Lane, Composite Materials Expert @Airbus? He’s going to be online on 28th March at 3:30 PM GMT. Make sure to tweet to @Airbus using the hashtag #AskFlyYourIdeas. See you there!
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  • 27 March 2013

    Wise words from the late Henry Royce

    Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.
  • 26 March 2013

    we have the edge

    While we're preparing the documentation and gearing up for the video, some of the members have hectic deadlines for next week ... it doesn't get better than this mates! Wits, gives you the edge!
  • 26 March 2013

    A320 EFCS command principle

    Our design uses the same computers to process the signals, however, the processed signal is sent via a VLC system instead of wires, to the actuators.
  • 26 March 2013

    A320 EFCS Architecture

    It represents the hardware redundancy, dissimilarity and system reconfiguration in the light of fault tolerance. Our aim is to design a control system that complies.
  • 26 March 2013

    A320 Flight Control Surfaces

    For the current VLC-FBW system, only the aileron, flap and rudder will be controlled. If if works for these control surfaces, it should for the rest.
  • 25 March 2013

    Report Writing

    The game has begun, #click click click click tap tap tap# typing - report writing
  • 25 March 2013

    We are on Facebook

    check our facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Stormhawks/440613312687658
  • 22 March 2013

    Wits Virtual Tours

    Take a virtual tour of our awesome university, follow this link: http://www.wits.ac.za/placesofinterest/17425/virtual_tours.html
  • 22 March 2013

    Human Rights Day

    Yesterday was human rights day in South Africa. This is to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre which happened in 1960.
  • 22 March 2013

    RE: Getting down to business

    Excuse the spelling error in the previous post. Any who, Happy Friday :]
  • 22 March 2013

    Getting down to usiless

    Grafting hard on a Friday afternoon, gathering information to add on to the report and discussing how to ensure stability and robustness of the control system.
  • 22 March 2013

    reliability and Safety considerations

    Points of failure are being considered and account for. Fault tolerance analysis and QFD analysis are also part of ensuring safety and reliability of the system.
  • 21 March 2013

    SABLE network's cover on us

    http://sablenetwork.com/expert-views-stormhawks.php
  • 20 March 2013

    it's happy day!!

    We're having a chilled out time at the Wits Art Museum, while discussing technical details for the report and video.
  • 20 March 2013

    Happy Day!

    Today we celebrate the International Day of Happiness. Fly Your Ideas is a big advocate of happiness! Together we can help travelers be happier and eco-efficient, so that a more sustainable world will also be a happier world. How are you celebrating?
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  • 19 March 2013

    Port in, fly out!

    Video briefing with Andrew. We are sure to film everything in one day ... leego!
  • 19 March 2013

    No prototype, but still hope!

    After careful consideration and lots of arguments (Pitso is not chuffed), we have decided against building a prototype of the VLC-FBW system.
  • 19 March 2013

    One third of the cake bit!

    We have successfully completed the mathematical model. The model shows compares the overall response times for FBW and VLC-FBW
  • 14 March 2013

    Basic send/receive system

    Overview of the process of sending and receiving data via visible light.
  • 14 March 2013

    Hey, team Stormhawks!

    We miss hearing from you! Will you come back and share your progress with us?
  • 14 March 2013

    RC LED

    These are similar to RGB LEDs in that they are comprised of 3 distinct LEDs, but in addition they are fitted with Bragg mirrors which enhance the spectral clarity to such a degree that emitted light can be modulated at very high frequencies.
  • 14 March 2013

    RGB LED

    They come with 3 distinct LEDs (a red, a blue and a green one) which, when lighting up at the same time, emit light that humans perceive as white. Because there is no delay by stimulating phosphorus first, Data rates of up to 100 MBit/s can be achieved
  • 14 March 2013

    benefits of visible light over other EM radiation

    Few known visible light induced health problems, no interference with EM radiation, it's entirely free and can transmit data confidentially.
  • 13 March 2013

    Meeting with Andrew from Wits Film and Television

    Aim of the meeting is to finalize the video concept.
  • 13 March 2013

    What is Li-Fi?

    Li-Fi is a term often used to describe Visible Light Communications technology applied to high speed wireless communications. Which we are using to Fly-y-Light!!
  • 13 March 2013

    Check us out on Facebook

    We're on Facebook. We are receiving so much support from our friends and our country. Here's the link https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Stormhawks/440613312687658
  • 12 March 2013

    Who's the foozball champ??

    Some team building, after an exhausting meeting.
  • 12 March 2013

    From the ashes we rise --video idea 1

    VIDEO BRAINSTORMING SESSION: Dangor getting carried away ... excuse the language.
  • 12 March 2013

    VLC vs FBW

    Simulik model comparing the response times of FBW and VLC is almost complete. The results are as expected.
  • 11 March 2013

    Stormhawks to be featured in a documentary

    Africa Calling is a series of documentaries the team from Total Eclipse (A Johannesburg based Film ad Television Production Company)are currently setting up. The documentaries will be on Science and Technology focusing on knowledge economy.
  • 11 March 2013

    meeting over lunch at the Wits Art Museum

    Main focus of discussion is wrapping up on the circuits and components list.
  • 10 March 2013

    It's not just light ... it's high speed data !!!

    A demonstration of the many applications of VLC systems. From the nakagawa laboratories.
  • 01 March 2013

    The evolution of aircraft control systems to date

    Enjoy this video showing the evolution of aircraft control systems, starting with the mechanical flight control and ending with the current FBW. Brace yourself for our short video showing how we intend on improving FBW with LiFi VLC system
  • 01 March 2013

    Video Brainstorming Session

    With a month to go to finish up our project, we are already brainstorming video concepts. The numerical modelling of our idea is 90% done. We are meeting Andrew to cement the final video concept
  • 01 March 2013

    AeSSA Behind our back

    The Aeronautical Engineering of South Africa is behind our back with their enormous financial support to buy equipment in validating our idea - Pitso
  • February 2013
  • 14 February 2013

    Our Mentors

    Ms. Hersen has been assigned as our Airbus mentor, what an honour to work with her and Prof Laurent Dala is our academic mentor. We are set to fly high with the two onboard
  • 14 February 2013

    Media publicity about our achievement thus far

    We have conducted a number of interviews and we are set to conduct more. We have appeared on our national paper The Citizen on Saturday the 9th of February 2013.
  • 14 February 2013

    Background to our team

    Our team consist of 5 engneering students; three aeronautical, one mechanical and one electrical engineering student. Two of our team members are doing masters and three doing final years.
  • 12 February 2013

    Our Team

    Ready to fly
  • 12 February 2013

    About our university

    Wits has a reputation built on research and academic excellence. One of the two african university ranked in two separate international rankings as a leading institution
  • January 2013
  • 30 January 2013

    The real fly by wireless

    Visible Light communication flight control is a system that aims to improve the current fly-by-wire system - A team of students from South Africa are the first to coin such system
  • 15 January 2013

    round 2

    round 2
  • 15 January 2013

    Won a new Badge

    Congratulations Round 2 competitor!
    Congratulations Round 2 competitor!
    Well done on making it to Round 2. The competition is hotter than ever.
  • 05 December 2012

    Their project

    Supplanting Fly-by-Wire (FBW) with a hybrid Visible Light Communication (VLC)–FBW system
  • 05 December 2012

    Won a new Badge

    Round 1 documents submitted
    Round 1 documents submitted
    Now you've submitted your questionnaire - then Round 1 is complete - well done you.
  • November 2012
  • 22 November 2012

    Ready, Set, Go!

    You have registered and are ready to take part in Round 1 of Fly Your Ideas! Good luck guys!
  • 22 November 2012

    Azhar Cassim

    Entered the Stormhawks team
  • 08 November 2012

    Laurent Dala

    Is the mentor of the Stormhawks team
  • 08 November 2012

    Won a new Badge

    Expert help is at hand
    Expert help is at hand
    Good job! Your academic mentor is confirmed and you are one step closer to winning.
  • 05 November 2012

    Sambharthan Cooppan

    Entered the Stormhawks team
  • 05 November 2012

    Tshireletso Mango

    Entered the Stormhawks team
  • 05 November 2012

    Won a new Badge

    Ready to go!
    Ready to go!
    Hooray - You have accepted the invitation of your Team Leader and can now take part in Fly Your Ideas.
  • 05 November 2012

    Muhammed Dangor

    Entered the Stormhawks team
  • 05 November 2012

    Won a new Badge

    In it to win it
    In it to win it
    Phew! You have registered and can now take part in Fly Your Ideas
  • 05 November 2012

    Pitso Mangoro

    Entered the Stormhawks team
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