MMALV: the morphing micro air-land vehicle

Jones, K., Boria, F., Bachmann, R., Vaidyanathan, R., Ifju, P. and Quinn, R. (2006) MMALV: the morphing micro air-land vehicle. In, 2006 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. IROS 2006: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems USA, Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, p.5. (doi:10.1109/IROS.2006.282292).


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The current generation of micro air vehicles (MAVs) has reached a plateau in its utility, due to reliance on single-mode locomotion. A micro vehicle capable of both aerial AND terrestrial locomotion would enjoy great utility in first responder and reconnaissance applications. To this end, BioRobots, LLC, University of Florida (UF), Case Western Reserve University, and Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) have undertaken the development of MMALV, the Morphing Micro Air-Land Vehicle. MMALV combines the UF-MAV flexible wing technology with Mini-Whegs terrestrial running gear, developed at Case. Two generations of MMALV have been developed that are capable of flying, landing, walking, and regaining flight by walking off a two-story building. To our knowledge, MMALV is the only vehicle of its size that integrates all of these functions.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Presented as in video format at conference, proceedings contain abstract of presentation only.
ISBNs: 142440259 (hardback)
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Subjects: U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Institute of Sound and Vibration Research > Signal Processing and Control
ePrint ID: 43385
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:36

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