Title

Lighter than Air UAV

Presenter Information

Patrick Kinney

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

UAV, Blimp, Lighter-Than-Air, Helium, Mylar

Abstract

A small scale UAV was needed to carry cargo through a defined obstacle course, drop a payload, and return to a starting position all while being buoyant in air by usage of helium. The proposed field of usage is that of a scouting device to be used in aid of observing a forest fire. A Mylar blimp was created to achieve this goal. The blimp created was sufficient to achieve the required task of being lighter-than-air, capable of lifting sufficient weight (gondola and payload), dropping a payload, and being controllable. Overall the blimp was a success and met each required objective.

Poster Number

23

Faculty Mentor(s)

Pringle, Charles

Additional Mentoring Department

Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

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Lighter than Air UAV

SURC Ballroom C/D

A small scale UAV was needed to carry cargo through a defined obstacle course, drop a payload, and return to a starting position all while being buoyant in air by usage of helium. The proposed field of usage is that of a scouting device to be used in aid of observing a forest fire. A Mylar blimp was created to achieve this goal. The blimp created was sufficient to achieve the required task of being lighter-than-air, capable of lifting sufficient weight (gondola and payload), dropping a payload, and being controllable. Overall the blimp was a success and met each required objective.