Design, Construction, and Testing of a Folding-Wing, Tube-Launched Micro Air Vehicle
43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
This paper documents the development and testing of a flexible, folding-wing micro air vehicle (MAV) prototype. The ultimate role of this concept is intended to be over-the-hill, real-time reconnaissance. Its folding wing design allows it to be stored in a compact tube of approximately 60mm in diameter and launched from the ground (from a handheld grenade launcher or mortar, for example). The proof-of-concept prototype constructed during this effort was not remotely piloted; it was designed to fly a controlled spiral glide back to the launch site after release.
To demonstrate the release of the MAV, unfolding of the wings, and transition to stable descending flight, a model rocket was used as a carrier vehicle to provide altitude for test flights. Included in this paper is a description of the concept development, design, construction and testing of the MAV, along with an analysis of the results and a discussion of the lessons learned during the design of this vehicle.
Copyright © 2005, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Place of Publication
Henry, Jonathon; Schwartz, David R.; Soukup, Michael A.; and Altman, Aaron, "Design, Construction, and Testing of a Folding-Wing, Tube-Launched Micro Air Vehicle" (2005). Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Faculty Publications. 79.