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The Future Takes Flight at DU


An unmanned aerial vehicle.

Researchers at the University of Denver's Unmanned Systems Research Institute are trying to improve unmanned aerial vehicle technology.

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Researchers at the University of Denver's (DU) Unmanned Systems Research Institute are attempting to improve unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology by allowing for shorter takeoffs, while also increasing payload and overall flight times.

Thus far, the researchers have been able to successfully enhance the lift of the UAV using a technique called "circulation control," in which air intake in the belly of the aircraft circulates the wind to the trailing edge of the wings, which improves the aerodynamics and overall performance.

The team's ultimate goal is to be able to program a UAV to perform multiple tasks, and if needed, change the mission of the system while it is in flight.

"What makes our design important is that we are not only optimizing it for one specific application, we are optimizing the aircraft to be able to be applied for different tasks," says DU researcher Kostas Kanistras.

From University of Denver News
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