Undergraduates: Jessie Bryant
There has been a significant amount of increase in the research and development of UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) over past few years. UAS are of different types, for example – fixed wing aircraft, drones, and RC helicopters. These have different applications in the areas of precision agriculture, photography. But there are no mechanisms deployed to allow precise delivery of small packages. Instead, medical supplies, spare parts, food, radio, etc. are delivered via ground vehicles, which can be difficult or impossible in remote or hostile areas.
Applewhite Aero is a Seattle-based company, which has a design for this kind of a compact vehicle. This project aims to bring this design into a prototype phase, perform several tests and develop it to meet the critical needs that have not been met so far.
The current design uses a counter-rotating motor and a GPS receiver to enable controlled descent of vital materials from altitude to desired locations. This design also eliminates the need to use cycle stick or collective-pitch, thus making it light, compact and low-cost ariel delivery vehicle. Below are the two designs we are currently working on: