The developers have tested an unusual unmanned aerial vehicle capable of vertical takeoff and landing.
Representing the University of Minnesota experts have tested a new light agricultural unmanned aerial vehicle SUAV:Q.
It can fly horizontally at high speed, like a plane, and in addition capable of getting a “helicopter”. The results of the survey can be found in the edition of Robotics and Automation, and an overview of available in New Scientist.
Every year there are new, more original UAV. It would seem that there is no such ideas, which would not be tested. Meanwhile, to use existing concepts to agriculture is hard. Some drones can stay aloft for only a short time, other more “sophisticated”, you need a runway. To solve these difficulties SUAV aims:Q, which can long be in the sky, vertically take off and land and to develop a high speed.
Unit supplied in four sections: each of them can be installed at an angle of 90 degrees relative to the other. For this purpose, electric motors, gearboxes and traction. After takeoff, the UAV goes into an economical horizontal mode and is able to observe the fields from heights up to 120 m. SUAV:Q has 36 lithium-ion batteries, and the surface of the wing is covered with solar panels. Wingspan of the device is 2.1 m, the mass of the UAV is 3.7 kg. the capabilities of the drone, according to experts, may be of interest not only farmers, but also, for example, fire Department.
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