Worlds first controllable robotic samara monocopter MAV, University of Maryland’s Ulrich flyer

roboseed.com The culmination of 3.5 years of research has led to controllable monocopter that can autorotate like a maple seed (Acer diabolicum Blume) and fly like a helicopter (hover and forward flight). The vehicle, invented at the University of Maryland, Aerospace Engineering Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory and Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, is the smallest and most capable to date as it meets most of the challenges set forth by DARPA’s nano-air-vehicle program.

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25 thoughts on “Worlds first controllable robotic samara monocopter MAV, University of Maryland’s Ulrich flyer

  1. @Knochi77
    Better …

    @Knochi77
    Better yet use a 360 degree lens and capture corrected the image with software

  2. they are calling it …
    they are calling it “the head chopper” in military circles;
    mmh, i wonder what uses theyll find for it…

  3. @sk8sonh2o read the …
    @sk8sonh2o read the description. it says it can auto rotate like a proper helicopter, which means it can float back to earth unpowered.

  4. now all you need is …
    now all you need is a computer type scaner ic, and a computer on the ground to use the data from that, and an accelerometer to make some video.

  5. Wonderful idea, and …
    Wonderful idea, and so nice to see the evolution of your monocopter. Can it carry weight? On the other hand so much mass in motion? Is this just beautiful or is it efficient as well?

  6. would you ride in …
    would you ride in something like this? COULD you ride in something like this? without puking your guts out?

  7. Add a POV message …
    Add a POV message LED system and sell advertising on it.
    Can you get it to “glide”, fall in a controllable/predictable spin
    Maybe use it as a seed spreader or chemical sprayer
    Can you make a solar-powered version

  8. How is the …
    How is the thrust-to-weight ratio compared too a normal helicopter and too a plane?

    This would be a really cool rc “thing”, but if it took about 4 yours to get it stable then itl probably won’t become something you could build in a few hours…

    Jacar

  9. so cool. the plane …
    so cool. the plane actually looks pretty cute when it’s flying. doesn’t look very stable though..

  10. How is forward …
    How is forward controlled flight achieved? Vary angle of attack of wing during portions of rotation? Must be, as I don’t think that motor thrust modulation would be quick enough to have the desired control…

  11. I still don’t …
    I still don’t understand how forward flight is made controllable… I assume that changing the pitch of the wing during certain portions of the rotation provide directional control without compromise of total lift (collective)

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