5 May 2010 Micro air vehicle endurance versus battery size
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Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) operate with many inter-related constraints, including size, weight, power, processing, and communications bandwidth. Basic equations can be used to provide initial estimates of subsystem parameters that are consistent with the targeted size and related parameters. For most current MAVs, the power source of choice is batteries, and the choice of battery type and size will determine the maximum duration of a flight. In this study, first order models for both rotary wing MAVs and crawling ground platforms are used to determine the optimum battery size for maximum endurance, given typical parameter values for a 15-cm scale robotic platform. Results indicate that most micro robotic platforms use battery sizes significantly different than optimum.
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Daniel W. Beekman, Daniel W. Beekman, } "Micro air vehicle endurance versus battery size", Proc. SPIE 7679, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications II, 767910 (5 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849564; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.849564

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