Posted by bevers01 |
Aug 02, 2007 @ 09:07 PM | 2,935 Views
Here's the micro planes, Hank. Also, a few shots of our more recent project, an anatomically correct falcon. This is the initial prototype, with the motor up front for CG. Later versions have the nose extended and the motor behind a firewall with a folding prop/painted spinner up front. It's fully aerobatic and capable of rolling circles, inverted landings, and other fun stuff that most of our undercambered MAVs will only do under extreme coercion. BTW, the 12" MAV you have will do decently axial rolls, just don't try to force it into sustained inverted flight or it will bite. Don't ask how I know this .
Posted by bevers01 |
Jun 06, 2007 @ 06:59 PM | 3,430 Views
I guess I'll start my blog with a brief introduction. I'm a 21 year-old aerospace engineering junior at the University of Florida and have always had a love of aviation, although I only started flying a little over a year ago. I now enjoy many aspects of r/c: precision, 3D, soaring, even helis.
Recently, I began working in the University's Micro Air Vehicle Lab, where we design, build, and fly autonomous vehicles constructed primarily of carbon and kevlar. This year, I'll be the competition pilot for the US-European MAV competition in Toulouse, France (home to Airbus and a few other aerospace firms). We've won for the last 5 years, mainly due to our ability to consistently bring the smallest airframes to the competition (4.5") and still be able to fly the missions (mainly due to our compliant wing technology). I've attached a few images of our past MAVs , although they are somewhat dated and don't reflect the latest prototypes.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to ask.
My other "research" is in vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) of Carbon/Fiberglass/Epoxy for high Reynolds # airfoils. In other words, my professor (Dr. Peter Ifju) races windsurfers and worked it so I get to develop and build CF fins for him on University money . He gets top of the line fins (better than available commercially), and I get easy credits, so it's win-win.
I think I've learned way more from this hands-on experience than in any coursework I've done so far, and I'm looking forward to graduating and entering the workforce (maybe Aerovironment). If there are any aero. engineers out there, please drop me a line since a little networking never hurt anyone.
I guess that's it for this meandering post. Hope it wasn't too boring.