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New successes for LiUs microflyers

An international competition for unmanned micro aerial vehicles was a great success for the UAV-Tech-team at LiU. The small locally built vehicles Pingwing and Link-MAV came in first and third in their respective class during the MAV 07 competition in Toulouse, France.

MAV, micro aerial vehicles, are miniature radio-controlled helicopters or winged aircraft. The competing crafts had a maximum dimension of 500 mm and maximum weight of 500 grams. R&D on this type of craft at LiU is a continuation of the Witas project which earlier produced a larger-sized, unmanned helicopter capable of advanced flight missions.

The MAV 07 competition was split into twin events. The task in the outdoor flight session was to seek and identify defined objects, position a sensor in a defined area and fly through a canyon-like passage. The LiU team and its Pingwing tied for first place with a French team. Pingwing, a 48 cm flying wing, was awarded first prize for best design.

The indoor flight task consisted of flying a MAV into a 3.6-meter square room through a 1-meter square window to identify two objects visible only from the inside. The craft had to avoid a randomly placed obstacle. LiUs micro helicopter LINK-MAV, captained by Simone Duranti, took third place in the event which was won by a Norwegian team.

"Our teams proved that they are in the upper echelons of this precision field," says Patrick Doherty, professor and research director at UAV-Tech.


2008-01-22




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