2003-2004 Rochester Institute of Technology
Micro Air Vehicle Team
Very early in flight-testing, it was determined that the team needed a very accurate way of measuring the center of gravity of the aircraft. A simple device was created using dial calipers and scrap materials. The plane was balanced at its CG on the central aluminum upright, and then the calipers moved such that the front upright was aligned with the leading edge of the wing. These measurements and the flight performance of the vehicle were than recorded and contrasted with other flight tests to determine optimal CG location.
Outdoor Flight Testing
The camera was also integrated into the payload for the first time once some confidence was gained with outdoor flight.
Very soon after the first outdoor flights, the team attended the International MAV Competition at the University of Arizona. The vehicle saw many flights at this competition, both with and without the video surveillance, where once again the team recognized some problems that could be improved or corrected on the vehicle.
Once the team returned, changes described in the Final Design section were made and more flight testing was done. The vehicle began to fly in a very reliable fashion both with and without video. More on board video was also captured.
Here are some of the more visually pleasing stills, and one video, of the plane during flight testing.
More pictures are available on the Media page.
Copyright · 2004
RIT Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the RIT MAV Team.