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Tailless ‘delftAcopter’ has Vertical Take-Off then Transitions to Forward-Facing Flight

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The MAVLab TU Delft team brings together in the delftAcopter all its knowledge to help poor Outback Joe once again. To make the challenge even harder we decided to go for a full electrically powered rescue UAV. As a research institute we are always pushing boundaries of what is currently possible. Our first preliminary energy calculations showed that a full-electric mission would be just possible, realizing we would need the state of the art battery technology, extremely efficient VTOL UAV and unique autonomous control implementations. this resulted in the delftAcopter. A marriage of a biplane wing and a helicopter propeller. The innovation lies in particular in the use of a tailless double-decker combined with one helicopter propeller which is used in both hover and in forward flight of in the most optimal regime.

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