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Micro air vehicle endurance versus battery size
Author(s): Daniel W. Beekman
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Paper Abstract

Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) operate with many inter-related constraints, including size, weight, power, processing, and communications bandwidth. Basic equations can be used to provide initial estimates of subsystem parameters that are consistent with the targeted size and related parameters. For most current MAVs, the power source of choice is batteries, and the choice of battery type and size will determine the maximum duration of a flight. In this study, first order models for both rotary wing MAVs and crawling ground platforms are used to determine the optimum battery size for maximum endurance, given typical parameter values for a 15-cm scale robotic platform. Results indicate that most micro robotic platforms use battery sizes significantly different than optimum.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2010
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7679, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications II, 767910 (5 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849564
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Daniel W. Beekman, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7679:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications II
Thomas George; M. Saif Islam; Achyut Kumar Dutta, Editor(s)

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