UAV

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UAV

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Chevron UAV having a bath after landing in some water. It still worked though, it was a tough bastard.


Status Ongoing
Description
An unmanned aerial fixed-wing aircraft to be used as a platform for things.
Members
Manager James Parkin George Walton


Introduction

Currently we have a conventional foam airframe and a correx flying wing. We also have an MQ-9 Reaper airframe, but it is too heavy to fly.

Chevron UAV

After a short interlude (I was in hospital for a bit) the 1.5x black Chevron UAV had some good flights. Below is a montage of some of them;

And here is one of a flight over my home town of Henfield;

Sadly this UAV is no longer with us (a bluetooth cable came loose while in flight and it crashed straight down into the ground under full power, went half a foot into the earth, quite impressive actually). But it lives on in our hearts and minds and most of the parts were recoverable.

Flying Wing

Wingspan: 90cm

Weight: 700g

Battery: 2200mAh

The flying wing is based on a Mugi Evo design, and is flown by an android phone (HTC One S). The phone uses its onboard sensors (accelerometer, gyro, and magnetometer) to determine the orientation of the aircraft, and controls the angle of the two elevons and the throttle over bluetooth via an arduino + bluetooth module.

Currently working on using the phone's GPS to fly to predetermined waypoints.

2x Flying Wing

A double-size Mugi Evo is in early stages of construction (1.6m wingspan) which could carry a payload such as a go-pro or other instruments. If you're interested in working on this or using the other airframes in a project please contact George or James.

Things that need to be done;

  • Finish the airframe and test it using a conventional radio controller
  • Re-trim the flaps and re-tune the control loops, using the smaller plane as a starting point

Foam plane and MQ-9 Reaper