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Very small flying machines
Michelson, Robert C. School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Smyrna, Georgia.
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No other air vehicle design space has presented as great a mix of challenges as have miniature flight platforms. Creators of these small crewless or “unmanned” aerial vehicles (UAVs) must address the same physical design constraints that have already been mastered by living airborne organisms, including low-Reynolds-number aerodynamics, high energy density, and extreme miniaturization.
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