Trevor Vita and Matthew Most, both University of California graduates, showcasing their Bird’s Eye UAS from Bird Aerospace. The cut-away of the mock-up launch canister shows a folded UAV. The canister explodes (gently) and the UAV unfolds ready to fly.
The Bird’s Eye UAS deploys from inside a carbon fiber canister in mid-air, making it ideal for launching in dense environments like forests where it would be difficult to deploy other platforms. The mock-up shows a partially assembled UAV.
The Bird’s Eye UAS, fully assembled.
This image illustrates the unique deployment of the Bird’s Eye UAS from Bird Aerospace.
One of the more unusual looking UAVs at the show, the Nimbus Eos Xi from Nimbus S.r.l. is a sort of cross between a traditional airplane and a hang glider or dirigible.
The Nimbus Eos Xi has its wings filled with helium.
Christine Liu from UAVER shows Electronic Design’s Bill Wong their Swallow UAS, which incorporates carbon fiber into its body to minimize weight. Its targeted primarily for aerial mapping purposes.
The Swallow can be launched from this platform by depressing a foot pedal.
UAVER was also showing its slightly larger Avian UAS, ideal for real-time surveillance, and it incorporates a parachute system for recovery purposes.
New and novel drones were at AUVSI 2013. For example, Bird Aerospace has a disposable drone that is launched from a capsule that explodes and assembles an autonomous flying wing.
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