"First step would be to measure or estimate your power consumption, then calculate the surface area you would need to generate that power with about 20% conversion. Then take into account the extra mass associated with the solar sheets and associated…"
Drones can play a key role in countering poaching and other wildlife crimes that threaten endangered species. In response to President Obama’s Executive Order on Wildlife Protection, Kashmir-Robotics is hosting the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge to foster innovation and invention in the design, fabrication, and utilization of unmanned aircraft to assist with counter poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking. It calls on students, hobbyists, academics, and corporations to cooperate in a…See More
Both the FDM (Stratasys Fortus Ultem) and SLS (carbon filled polyamides from SolidConcepts) we have used for X8 sized blended wings yield no discernible surface roughness, although grooves could be added to minimize drag for low…"
It only takes a few hours to print an X-8 sized aircraft using SLS. (It takes about 36 hours with FDM.) The principal hurdle is cost. Glass filled or carbon filled nylon is expensive and only a few production facilities are…"
"There are several composite blended wings available including fiberglass and carbon fiber. One is now in service in Africa supporting counter poaching missions. Optimized composite blended wings have a somewhat different shape as…"
"In response to President Obama’s Executive Order on Wildlife Protection, Kashmir-Robotics is hosting the Wildlife Conservation unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Challenge to foster innovation and invention in the design, fabrication, and…"
"The link describes a Conservation UAV Challenge sponsored by Kashmir-Robotics that may be a good opportunity for a local team to demonstrate capabilities, win scholarships, and add to resumes. The requirements for a drone that is…"