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WIDrone

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widlab and FlyingThink compete with WIDrone in the UAVforge contest.

UAVForge is a DARPA and SSC-LANT initiative aimed at using a diverse global intellectual base to collaboratively design, build and manufacture advanced micro unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems.

 

MILESTONE 3 – Live Demo

WIDrone from widlab on Vimeo.

With thanks to:
Andrea Sala and aslatech.com
Michele Gruppioni
FlightTech.it as COTS supplier

 

In this phase we have obtained these strengths:

- Full carbon fiber airframe
- LightWeight < 4 lb
- Modular and scalable
- Portable
- Ready to fly < 1 min
- Self made SW + Flight Control Board
- Stable in hard wind condition
- AVG cruising speed 30 mph
- Altitude up to 1,000 feet
- Landing roof pitch up to 30°
- Take off from sloped surface capability
- Compass mode
- Way point flight capability
- Follow me function
- Back to home function
- Great energy autonomy
- Long range video transmission

 

Technical data (last updated)
Voltage 15 V
Capacity 12 Ah
Energy stored 180 Wh
Batteries weight 1080 gr
Frame weight 200 gr
Powerteain weight 520 gr
Flight control 48.5 gr
Camera 50 gr
Gimbal 2 axis 50 gr
Video transmitter 57 gr
Wiring 50 gr
TOTAL 20.2 N
Hovering specific consumption 12 W/N
Hovering consumption 242 W

 

Missions phases details (last updated) Time Power Consumption
[min] [W] [Wh]
Setup – 3min 3 242 12.1
Take-off and first inspection of area 2 242 8.1
Flight to point of observation 6 330 33.0
Inspection of landing area 4 242 16.1
Landing and observation mode 180 15 45.0
Take-off – 1min 1 242 4.0
Flight @home 6 330 33.0
Landing – 1min 1 242 4.0
TOTAL 3h 38min 155.4

 

Intersting flight test regarding the stability:

WIDrone from widlab on Vimeo.

 

 

MILESTONE 2 – Proof of flight

Great voting result for WIDrone team:

VOTING RESULT

 

In this phase we improved the flight stability.

WIDrone from widlab on Vimeo.

 

 

MILESTONE 1 – Concept

WIDrone from widlab on Vimeo.

 

Technical data (preliminary)

- # 4 livelihood motors | 4x50W in hovering
- # 1 horizontal traction motor | 100W in traslate flight
- Weight: 1.750gr in flight’s mode | under the limits defined by the preliminary international rules
- High efficiency propellers
- 10A/15V batteries

 

Mission scenario (preliminary)

- Cruising speed: 20 [ml/h]
- Energy available = 10A x 15V = 150 [Wh]

- Mission’s estimated total time: 3h 38min
- Estimated power consumption: 101.7 [Wh]

 

Missions phases details (preliminary) Time Power Consumption
[min] [W] [Wh]
Setup – 3min 3 200 10.0
Take-off and first inspection of area 2 200 6.7
Flight to point of observation 6 100 10.0
Inspection of landing area 4 200 13.3
Landing and observation mode 180 15 45.0
Take-off – 1min 1 200 3.3
Flight @home 6 100 10.0
Landing – 1min 1 200 3.3
TOTAL 3h 38min 101.7
 
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