Overall Design

A project log for 'Bird of Prey' VTOL UAV drone

Flight time and versatility will be vastly extended using a combination of multirotor and blended wing technologies. 04/06/2017 at 23:170 Comments
  1. Form: The 'Bird of Prey' is a multi-use long range, long duration, vertical take-off/landing aerial robotic platform that incorporates the versatility of a multirotor with the efficiency of a fixed wing. The fixed wing aspect of the BOP is in a hybrid delta/flying-wing configuration. The BOP has a max AUW of 6kg with the current configuration of motors.
  2. Usage: This VTOL will be used for:
    1. airborne visual photo/videography
    2. airborne thermal photo/videograpy
    3. airborne radio repeater
    4. airborne network node
    5. airborne visual/laser/spectrum mapping
  3. Design: As mentioned above, the hybrid body of the BOP lends itself to VTOL as well as sustained Forward Flight. The BOP transitions from VTOL to Forward Flight by tilting the drive units. All shock sensitive electronics are enclosed and frame/body support structures are in place to allow takeoff and landing directly on the body without inclusion of landing gear. Body will be sealed for dust-proofing and partial or full waterproofing, allowing for inclement weather operations as well as water take-off, landing and below-surface camera work. The skin is seperate and removable from the frame, allowing pure multirotor operation.