Unmanned Chopper

Group #15: Chris Alexander Brandon MacWhinnie Michael Manzione Sonal Pujji Juan Rodriguez

Stevens Institute of Technology February 21, 2008 Carnegie 315

Design Recap
 Two

motors will provide sufficient power to the coaxial rotors to achieve lift  Vehicle steering will be achieved through a fixed pitch rotor design and a swashplate for the upper rotor assembly  Vehicle will be radio controlled using a 6 channel radio control system

Final Product Design
 Two

coaxial counter-rotating rotor blade assemblies  Two electric brushless motors  Motor will be powered by two LiPo 11.1V batteries  Protective fiberglass outer casing  Small, portable, and lightweight  Max Diameter: 18”  Max Height: 8”

Prototype Justification
 Progress

check

Allows for requirement/objective check

 Assess
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risks/issues

Easier to fix problems Increases development speed

 Cost

Effective functionality

Cheaper to fix and change before production Pitch to customers Potential source of R&D funding

 Demonstrate
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Revised Scope
 Initial
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scenario too general

Reconnaissance, Border Patrol, Police uses Indoor vs. outdoor flight Attached video camera

 Revised
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Scope

Sound – stealth reconnaissance not likely Indoor flight/small size – Competitor: Sikorsky Plan for attached camera – add if time allows

Radio Control Equipment
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6 Channel Futaba Radio Control System Use 4 channels to control 4 degrees of motion
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Up and down (altitude) Rotation (about central axis) Forward and Backwards (translation) Left and Right (translation)

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5th channel to control camera motions Radio revised to be ‘helicopter capable’

Vehicle Steering
 Main

concern of panel  Steering equivalent to technology used in modern helicopters  Coaxial steering used in toy helicopters currently available  Pros: Cheap, effective, simple construction  Cons: Limited translation velocity

Manufacturing Plan
 Outer

shell construction frame construction

Fiberglass Aluminum rods

 Inner

Manufacturing

The complete outer shell of our unit will be constructed from fiberglass
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High strength to weight ratio Provides a stable base for components Easily molded into any shape Can be layer to adjust weight around perimeter of unit for balance

The inner frame will be constructed from aluminum rods
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High strength to weight ratio Provides a stable platform for motors and rotors Allows wires to be run out of sight across outer ring

Updated BOM/Cost
Part Electric Motors LiPo Battery Battery Charger Balance System Fiberglass cloth Rotor (set of 2) Speed Controller Radio Controller (6-Ch) w/ servos Swash Plate (2 input) Pushrods Rotor Head Assembly Heading Lock Gyro Various Cost - Wiring, Screws, etc. 4:1 Ratio Fast Epoxy Hardener Quantity 2 2 1 1 5 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 Unit Price $43.99 $33.99 $124.99 $49.99 $3.35 $16.99 $39.99 $189.98 $7.49 $2.69 $8.99 $84.99 $50.00 $58.00 Total Cost Total Price $87.98 $67.98 $124.99 $49.99 $16.75 $33.98 $39.99 $189.98 $7.49 $2.69 $17.98 $84.99 $50.00 $58.00 $832.79

Make/Buy - Status
Component Electric Motors LiPo Battery Battery Charger Balance System Fiberglass cloth Rotor (set of 2) Speed Controller Radio Controller (6-Ch) w/ servos Swash Plate (2 input) Pushrods Rotor Head Assembly Heading Lock Gyro 4:1 Ratio Fast Epoxy Hardener Frame/Shell Motor Cylinder Support Braces Make/Buy (M/B) B B B B B B B B B B B B B M M M Y Y Y Ordered (Y/N/-) Y Y Y Y Y

Conclusion
 Final

design we will move forward with and build is a ducted coaxial rotor blade aircraft  Vehicle will be able to maintain a hover and level flight and can maneuver on 3 axes.  Minimum flight time is about 15 minutes and maximum operating altitude is 100 feet.  The compact design and low cost provides great advantages over other alternatives.

Questions or Comments?

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