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Introduction to the Design of Fixed-Wing Micro Air Vehicles: Including Three Case Studies Hardcover – January 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1563478499 ISBN-10: 1563478498

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: AIAA (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563478498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563478499
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By John Matlock on February 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Just how small can you made a radio controlled airplane that will carry a television camera and transmitter a few hundred yards and send back a picture showing what the bad guys are doing? First, the payload. New imaging sensors weighs about a gram (an American penny weighs 2.5 grams).

Enter the world of very small airplances or Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). The big ones have a wingspan of about a foot. The small ones have a wingspan of 4-6 inches, birds do this regularly. The ultimate goal, a wingspan of about half an inch (think smaller than a honeybee). Airplanes of this size simply don't obey the rules of flying that apply to bigger craft.

This is an area where significant research can still be done by individuals, students, and companies who might get funding from the Federal government. But that is not to say that it is easy. This is a book put out the the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and while it has a lot of interesting commentary, it also reports on the design studies both practical and theoretical that are being made in support of small wings, small propellers, tiny propulsion systems and the like. It is by no means a how-to book. Some of the craft, some of the theories discussed are quite advanced.
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