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Design of "Iris", a Small Autonomous Surveillance UAV
44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
This paper documents the design process used for a small autonomous surveillance UAV. The most significant requirements for the plane were size (man-packable), endurance (about 1 hour) and cost (essentially disposable). The plane that resulted, named "Iris", is a tailless plane with a 45 cm wing span and a total mass of less than 200g. During flight tests, it achieved an endurance of 52 minutes. The estimated cost to manufacture the planes was $343, excluding the autopilot.doi:10.2514/6.2006-824 fatcat:ugeavuqaings3oi4tc7ui2pe3q