44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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.
Boyce, J., Carr, R., Chipman, D., Larson, G., Hopkins, N., Hunsaker, D., Bowman, W. J., “Design of ‘Iris’, a Small Autonomous Surveillance UAV,” 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, Jan. 9-12, 2006, AIAA-2006-824.