• Sean Humbert (micro systems, 2006)
  • Army-MURI: 5-year program in Micro Air Vehicles, (2004-09)
    Team Members: Australian National University, North Carolina A&T
    “Micro Hovering Air Vehicles: Revolutionary Concepts and Navigational Advancements”
  • DARPA Quieting Program: 3-year (05-08), Team Partner: Stanford
    “Advanced CFD methodology to predict vibratory loads and acoustic signatures”

Objective: Develop next generation micro hovering air vehicles (rotors and flapping-wings) with biologically inspired navigational systems

Max dim.= 15 cm, Weight=100 gm, Payload= 20 g Endurance=60 min
Team: UM, Australian National University, North Carolina A&T
5 year program (2004-2009)


MURI Proposal
model validation

Coaxial Rotor
Single Rotor with Anti-Torque Vanes

15 cm (6”) dia coaxial 2-bladed rotors
Gross weight: 100 gm with camera
Endurance: 15 minutes
Fixed collective, variable speed
Swashplate: lower rotor

27 cm (10.5”) dia 2-bladed main rotor
Gross weight: 250 gm with camera
Endurance: 10 minutes
Yaw cotrol with vanes, variable speed
Swashplate pitch control

Potential Pay-off to Rotorcraft Center

  • Additional resources to train rotary-wing graduate students
  • Help to expand and upgrade the existing rotorcraft infrastructure
    (experimental facilities, CFD and aeromechanics methodologies)
  • Expand the frontiers of sensors technologies
  • A major push in autonomy (soft ware and hard-ware)
  • Develop new methods of fabrication (Rapid prototyping and micro parts)
  • Innovate out-of-box solutions (Cyclocopter, active vanes and flflapping-wings)
  • Improve knowledge-base in low Reynolds number aerodynamics and ultra-light materials

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