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Robird autonomous take-off : pneumatic launching system

Voogd, A.E. (2017) Robird autonomous take-off : pneumatic launching system.

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Abstract:This thesis consists on the design, modelling and construction of an autonomous launching system for the Robird. The Robird is a robotic bird that is used for bird control in areas such as airports. A specialized pilot throws the robotic bird manually, but this is not always successful and it leads sometimes to crash. A solution to this problem is a launching mechanism that replaces this way of taking-off. Numerous different launching mechanisms for UAV or RC airplanes are available in the market such as bungee catapults, pneumatic launchers and even magnetic launchers. The system designed is a portable pneumatic launching ramp. A mathematical model describes what is the necessary take-off speed, airflow rate, angle of the ramp and force needed for the bird to take off and reach a certain height. Nevertheless, these models do not predict the lower height achieved by the Robird after performing experiments. The ultimate goal of achieving at least 3 meters in height is achieved by using a larger speed than calculated theoretically.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Electrical Engineering BSc (56953)
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