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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(9), 1541;

Mini Glider Design and Implementation with Wing-Folding Mechanism

Mechatronics Engineering Department, Yildiz Technical University, Yildiz Mah. Barbaros Blv. Besiktas, 34349 Istanbul, Turkey
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Received: 8 August 2018 / Revised: 17 August 2018 / Accepted: 27 August 2018 / Published: 3 September 2018
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This paper describes a mini unmanned glider’s design, simulation, and manufacturing with a novel wing-folding mechanism. The mini-glider is designed for CanSat competition, which has a theme of a Mars glider concept with atmosphere data acquisition. The aim is to facilitate the transportation of the glider and to land it on the destination point by following strict rules. Having a light and compact design is important since it uses power for the transmission of sensory data only. Dimensions of the glider is produced with a wingspan that is 440 mm and a length of 304 mm. The wings can be stowed in a fixed size container that has a diameter of 125 mm and a height of 310 mm. Its weight is only 144 g and it can increase up to 500 g maximum with a payload. The mechanism, which includes springs and neodymium N48 grade magnets for a wing-folding system, is capable of being ready in 98 ms for gliding after separating from its container. The mini-glider is capable of telemetering, communicating, and conducting other sensory operations autonomously during the flight. View Full-Text
Keywords: MAV; autonomous system; wing-folding; reconnaissance MAV; autonomous system; wing-folding; reconnaissance

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Demircali, A.A.; Uvet, H. Mini Glider Design and Implementation with Wing-Folding Mechanism. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 1541.

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