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MAV State-of-the-Art and Technology Drivers

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Briefing charts

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These briefing charts present the state of the art of micro air vehicles MAVs. These vehicles include those that are unmanned, unattended, and unassisted. MAVs are in increasing use both in the commercial and military sectors. MAVs can be completely remote-controlled, semi-autonomous and able to keep altitude and track while the operator commands up-down or left-right, or fully autonomous in that they can follow waypoints with no operator intervention necessary. The charts provide specifications for a number of MAVs that are currently operational. These specifications include manufacturer, wingspan, mass, payload, time endurance, whether operational or under development prototype, and level of autonomy. The MAVs reviewed include the Aerosonde Australia, the MLB Bat United States, the Aladin Germany, the Carolo XL Germany, the Mikado Germany, the Carolo Germany, the Mite 2 United States, the Dornier MAV Germany, the RWTH Aachen MAV Germany, the Black Widow United States, and the Entomopter United States. The development of MAVs is a multidisciplinary research activity involving flight dynamics, aerodynamics, aircraft design, microelectronics, propulsion systems, and guidance and control. Charts include an internal diagram of Carolos components Carolo during wind tunnel tests aerodynamic characteristics, including lift versus drag, minimum glide angle, optimal speed, uncritical stall behavior, and flow separation microelectronics components and actuator dynamics flight dynamics stability analysis guidance and control systems, including flight and altitude controllers and propulsion system. The presentation concludes with an overview of Carolos ground control software and waypoint navigation system Carolos initial flight on 20 Dec 2002 and its first autonomous flight on 5 Sep 2003.

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  • Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft
  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Flight Control and Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Fluid Mechanics

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