Published by javiatorTeam at 09/04/2008 13:20 1 0
The JAviator project is a research project of the Computational Systems Group at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Salzburg, Austria. The JAviator is an electric quadrotor helicopter shaped like a cross with four rotors, one at each end. One pair of opposite rotors spins clockwise, the other counter-clockwise. The JAviator is controlled merely by adjusting the rotors' speed without changing the angle of its rotor blades. The JAviator is mechanically simpler than a traditional helicopter but very agile yet still inherently unstable and therefore very hard to fly. We have designed and manufactured the JAviator completely from scratch using only high-performance materials such as carbon fiber, aircraft aluminum, and medical titanium. The JAviator is an autonomously flying software laboratory that supports high payloads for a variety of complex sensors such as GPS, sonars, and lasers as well as networking services such as WLAN and wireless RS232.