The Green Falcon - Solar Powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Gonzalez, Luis Felipe & Alsabban , Wesam (2009) The Green Falcon - Solar Powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. [Design/Architectural Work]
In recent months the extremes of Australia’s weather have affected, killed a good number of people and millions of dollars lost. Contrary to a manned aircraft or a helicopter; which have restricted air time, a UAS or a group of UAS could provide 24 hours coverage of the disaster area and be instrumented with infrared cameras to locate distressed people and relay information to emergency services.
The solar powered UAV is capable of carrying a 0.25Kg payload consuming 0.5 watt and fly continuously for at low altitude for 24 hrs ,collect the data and create a special distribution . This system, named Green Falcon, is fully autonomous in navigation and power generation, equipped with solar cells covering its wing, it retrieves energy from the sun in order to supply power to the propulsion system and the control electronics, and charge the battery with the surplus of energy. During the night, the only energy available comes from the battery, which discharges slowly until the next morning when a new cycle starts.
The prototype airplane was exhibited at the Melbourne Museum form Nov09 to Feb 2010.
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