History of RC Timeline

XenonProject.com is proud to present you with our rendition of RC history. Radio Control technology has been around since the turn of the century, and this is our attempt at chronicling those historic events. We hope you like what you see. If you do, please feel free to share this with your friends.

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1871
Alphonse Penaud launches the Planophere 131 feet in the air, powered by a wound up rubber band and inspires many people to believe that powered flight has potential.[1]

1898
Nikola Tesla designs and builds the first pair of radio controlled boats, demonstrating the vessels to a shocked crowd at Madison Square Garden. Tesla refers to his boats as "teleautomatons."[2]

1903 
The world’s first RC apparatus is born. The Telekino is presented by Leonardo Torres Quevedo at the Paris Academy of Science. During this, he demonstrates the ability to remotely control a robot via electromagnetic waves causing it to execute various commands.[3]

1917
During WWI Archibald Low, the “father of radio guidance systems”, creates an aerial drone plane for the Royal Flying Corps, which is radio controlled and intended as a guided bomb.[4]

1932
The model aeroplane flies for its first time in this important era of RC development. We can thank the military for their contribution in remote control technology during WWII.[5]

1937
Walter Good, along with his brother William, is credited with constructing and operating the first fully-functional RC airplane. With the help of his plane, "Big Guff," Walter gives RC enthusiasts a reason to take to the skies. This historic plane is now on display at the Smithsonian.[6]

1940s
Gas powered tether cars, a.k.a Spindizzies, are model cars powered by a miniature gas engine. This classic car became popular in the early '40s, but can only be started up to run in circles around the tether pole.[7]

1950
Remote control models gain popularity during the 1950’s, but are limited by battery capacities and must be recharged frequently until the invention of the transistor.[8]

1967
The beginning of RC hobby car racing and production of car “kits”. Pioneers make 1/8th scale pan cars and even 19 cubic inch 2-stroke model plane engines.[9]

1968
Dr. Dieter Schluter, an engineer from West Germany builds the first fully controllable RC model helicopter and is credited as the father of RC helicopter flight.[10]

1970
Companies begin introducing off-road RC vehicles. However, the Tamiya Rough Rider revolutionizes racing due to its die-cast suspension and big rubber tires for off-road areas. The RC buggy was born.[11]

1993
1:10 scale electric cars and trucks gain in popularity and performance causing prices for motors, batteries and tires to soar. To make things more affordable, parking lot races of the 80's were reinstated. [12]

1995
RC makes a whirring debut as Andy’s fun-loving remote controlled car in Disney/Pixar’s first CGI feature film - Toy Story.[13]

2008
The world's largest RC airplane contest (literally) is held in Florida. Aptly named Top Gun, a total of 125 participants compete over a period of five days.[14]

2010
After 6 years of successful Mars exploration, NASA announces on March 24th the RC instructed exploration rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have vastly exceeded their driving distance goal of just 600 meters.[15]

2010
On July 1, DARPA announces a $33 million dollar contract for Northrop Grumman to demonstrate autonomous aerial refueling using two UAV NASA Global Hawks.[16]

2010 
DARPA plans to fund their next phases of research by remotely controlling brain activity using ultrasound. These remote signals affect areas of the brain that regulate alertness and cognition in hopes that it will improve alertness and alleviate stress, anxiety and pain in soldiers.[17]

2010
Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies debuts "H-CELL 2.0", the world's one and only hydrogen fuel cell hybrid power-train for high performance hobby grade model RC vehicles.[18]

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