Inside a Ducted Fan UAV

Posted 1 Jun 2007 at 15:35 UTC by Rog-a-matic Share This

Trek Areospace's OVIWUN UAV uses twin counter-rotating ducted fans built of lightweight materials, dual 450-watt electric motors, a high-efficiency drive train, 14 volt rechargeable battery power system, 3-axis gyro, a low-power PC104-based processor, and open-source flight control software. The vehicle is about 14" tall, weighs a tad over 6 pounds, and is capable of 40+ mph with a maximum hover ceiling of more than 3 miles. Typical battery life is about 20 minutes. It's amazing that $15k can now buy a UAV that would have costs millions only a decade ago.

Automating Google Streets?, posted 1 Jun 2007 at 15:40 UTC by Rog-a-matic » (Master)

With the recent introduction of Google Street view, I can't help but think these UAVs could be used to automate the task of scanning the burbs and transmitting the image data in real time over a municipal network.

Reminds me of the technology depicted in Star Wars - Attack of the Clones.

Of course, not without its dangers.

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