ICUAS'17 Paper Abstract


Paper ThC1.2

Drew, Daniel S. (University of California, Berkeley), Kilberg, Brian (University of California-Berkeley), Pister, Kris (UC Berkeley)

Future Mesh-Networked Pico Air Vehicles

Scheduled for presentation during the "Micro- and Mini- UAS - III" (ThC1), Thursday, June 15, 2017, 16:00−16:20, Salon E

2017 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, June 13-16, 2017, Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL,

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on April 12, 2021

Keywords Micro- and Mini- UAS, Networked Swarms, Autonomy


Taken together, recent advances in microelectromechanical systems, wireless mesh networks, digital circuits, and battery technology have made the notion of autonomous pico air vehicles viable. In this work we describe the core technologies enabling these future vehicles as well as propose two possible future platforms. We draw on recent research on high thrust density atmospheric ion thrusters, microfabricated silicon control surfaces, and extremely low mass and power mesh networking nodes. Using the same open-source network implementation as we have already demonstrated in larger UAVs, these flying microrobots will open up a new application space where unobtrusiveness and high data granularity are vital.



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