Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.

Faculty Advisor

Torres-Jara, Eduardo

Abstract

The goal of this project is to develop and test a new sensor, for robotic aircraft, that has the ability to sense airflow conditions, similar to that of a bird. This project focuses on the concept of having numerous sensors to detect the environment instead of a single sensor such as a pitot tube, which is often used on standard aircraft. By using their feathers, birds have the ability to sense the airflow over their entire wing. This is why they are capable of more stable, yet complex flight patterns. This biologically inspired sensor is designed, constructed, and tested to be utilized on a robotic aircraft platform.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Major

Robotics Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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