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Design and Manufacturing of Radio-Controlled Motor Glider for Information System

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Haruo Sakamoto, Yoshiya Takemura, Yukari Yanamoto

Kochi University of Technology, Tosayamada, Kochi, Japan

Paper No. DETC2007-34369, pp. 731-735; 5 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 27th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4803-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


This research and development aims the development of the disaster information system by the network for the disaster information collected at the time of disasters such as earthquakes, storm, or flood. This system uses a small unmanned aircraft for the aerial photography. The system sends the aerial photography information to the ground. The damage state can be understood by the monitoring television, when the system is established. The radio-controlled motor glider is used as a small unmanned aircraft. The gliding performance can be effectively obtained with small energy, and the flight time expected is to be long. Two small wireless cameras and GPS receivers are loaded as an information collection system. The glider was designed and produced by the materials such as balsa wood and plywood board. The wing length is 2 m long, and the weight of the aircraft body is 813g. The weight of the aircraft body contains about 140 g of the information collection system. A flight experimentation was conducted. The location is the campus of the Kochi University of Technology, where the permission of the flight experiment was obtained there. The information collection system successful worked within half the range of the university campus as a result of the flight experimentation. This research and development concluded that the information collection system in the range of the university campus was possible.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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