New Concepts and Perspectives on Micro-Rotorcraft and Small Autonomous Rotary-Wing Vehicles
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION MOFFETT FIELD CA ROTORCRAFT DIVISION
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This paper summarizes ongoing work concerning micro-rotorcraft MRC--i.e., rotary-wing micro air vehicles MAV-- research and development. Technology trends involving microelectronic miniaturization, vehicle autonomy systems, electric propulsion and power electronics are contributing to an ongoing revolution in MAV and MRC aerial vehicle concepts and applications. New vehicle configurations are being developed, as well as old concepts being reassessed, for MAV and MRC vehicles.