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The primary purpose of this project is to combine the benefits of both multi-copters and fixed-wing crafts, reducing the drawbacks of both. The explosion of small unmanned aerial systems (“UASs”), also called unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAV”) in recent years is the result of their versatility and practicality. It is invaluable for obvious reasons to be able to send a small, comparatively inexpensive, remotely controlled vehicle with a camera or a payload into places where either people cannot or would prefer not to go. Quadcopters have the advantage of being able to take off and land without significant runway space, but require huge amounts of electrical power and have short battery lifespans. Small fixed-wing craft, however, have the advantage of needing comparatively little power and being able to stay in the air for comparatively long spans, but require significant, clear, flat spaces to takeoff and land. The Vertical Take-off and Landing Aircraft project will incorporate the VCU UAV lab’s existing unmanned, autonomous aerial vehicle software, as well as a high resolution video camera as a surveillance payload.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Unmanned Aerial System, VTOL, Surveillance, Payload
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