30 May '15, 8pm

Ducted Fan Drone Uses 1 Rotor for VTOL

Ducted Fan Drone Uses 1 Rotor for VTOL

Multi-rotor fixed-pitch aircraft – quad, hexa, octa copters – are the current flavor of the season with hobby and amateur flight enthusiasts. The serious aero-modeling folks prefer their variable-pitch, single rotor heli’s. Defense and military folks, on the other hand, opt for a fixed wing UAV design that needs a launch mechanism to get airborne. A different approach to flight is the ducted fan, vertical take-off and landing UAV. [Armin Strobel] has been working on just such a design since 2001. However, it wasn’t until recent advances in rapid-prototyping such as 3D printing and availability of small, powerful and cheap flight controllers that allowed him to make some progress. His Ducted Fan VTOL UAV uses just such recent technologies. Ducted fan designs can use either swivelling tilt rotors that allow the craft to transition from vertical flight to horizontal, or movab...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2015/05/30/ducted-fan-drone-uses-1-ro...

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