Trapp, Andrew C
The flight duration of Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) is frequently limited to one hour or less; an improved flight time is desired. Our project focuses on two methods of recharging MAV batteries in flight: treating the MAV propeller as a wind turbine to regenerate energy during descent and the transmission of energy to the MAV from a ground source via laser or electromagnetic waves. In order to determine feasibility, we constructed proof of concepts for these options.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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