Unmanned aircraft with variable geometry wings
In the United States at the University of Minnesota tested an unmanned drone-transformer. In the name of the device SUAV:Q – solar unmanned aerial vehicle, is a basic principle of using solar energy for flight. The successful testing paved the way for the use of this type of flying devices in various fields of science, agriculture, the interests of the military, police and emergency services.
The design of the device consists of four sections that can be folded into a box or be converted to an aerodynamic wing. The helicopter blades help to implement vertical takeoff and landing. The large wing area, has a twofold mission: facilitating planning of the facility and produces energy to fly from the solar panels.
Structural SUAV:Q in a fully unfolded form has a wingspan mono wing 2.1 meters in the weight about 4 kg. the flight Duration is increased by the self-generation of solar energy and planning due to the large surface of the wing. The drone can fly at an altitude of 120 meters above the ground and carry out surveillance of what is happening underneath, if it is equipped with lightweight multi-spectral camera. The drone of this kind can be an ideal device to access the inaccessible areas and areas for assistance, reconnaissance, or surveillance, for example, for fire-fighting, forestry and agricultural services.
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