Drexel wins Aerial Robotics Competition

page1-1025-fullDrexel University recently won the second annual IEEE Aerial Robotics Competition. They faced off against teams such as Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Villanova.

MAV to Fly in Caves, Tunnels, and Forests
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Backpackable, rapidly-deployable bird-sized aircraft, or Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) can quickly and easily provide soldiers and command and control personnel with an ''over-the-hill'' or ''around-the-corner'' perspective from a remote location. Furthermore, MAVs can be designed to fly in caves, tunnels, and other tight, enclosed labyrinths which are densely populated with obstacles. Previous research yielded a MAV that was capable of acquiring aerial surveillance in a 10 x 10 m2 area (about 1/3 the size of a professional basketball court). However, this much space is not always available in labyrinths. As such, the prototype required modification in order to enable flight in an area one-tenth the size. Link