• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

Folding Wing Gliders and Face Tracking planes

For my Senior year internship, I wanted the create something that I always wanted to do: folding wing aircraft that uses a camera to follow around you.

Let me mind you, this is just a post about my project that I have to do (proof of submission) and I want to share what I did. If you don't like that, it's cool.

So I originally got the idea from DLG(Discus Launch Glider) as it only used your body to fly. I wanted to see if the same principle could be applied to a spear throw of some sorts. Let me mind you; I am a broke high schooler so I want to make everything for cheap. I'm so broke that I didn't even purchase push rods for the rudders. I tried using pull-pull but failure every where.

Here are some pictures of what I made and what I designed:


Plane with wings folded out


This is the hinge that I redesigned for the wings to be able to fold in.

I know It looks bad but I just wanted to try it. When I tried it, the plane didn't fly at all as the wings didn't do anything to produce lift. I thought I could make the wings thin like real gliders but I forgot I'm not good enough for that. I wanted the wings to be small enough so that it didn't protrude out enough on the sides for the looks and a smaller moment of inertia so that a single rubber band could open the wings out. OHH let me mind you that this is the first time I made a plane and I used foam board. I still haven't flown a plane ever.

Do whatever you with with this information.

Secondly, to recover from the failure, I just wanted to make plane that worked. Therefore, I used the mini sparrow plans and made the plane. It came out pretty well.

It looks like a UAV/Pigeon but it's cool overall so I liked it.

And as the title said, I wanted to put facial recognition on it so that it follows a face when throw it. I'm using a raspberry pi zero w($5 easy steal) and OpenCV with haar cascade of the frontal face. I'm still making this so I'm not done yet or will I ever be?
Screen Shot 2019-04-12 at 4.48.37 AM.png

Screen Shot 2019-04-12 at 4.49.06 AM.png

Thank you for just looking at this briefly lol.

Get some new ideas and don't be afraid to make stupid things like these.
Last edited:


Legendary member
I am short on time at the moment but will come back to read this. I was actually thinking of creating something like this yesterday night, ironic:).