Chapter 7

Reliable electrical systems for micro aerial vehicles and insect-scale robots

Challenges and progress

X. Zhang    Washington University, St. Louis, MO, United States

Abstract

Recent technology advancement drives the miniaturization of autonomous aerial vehicles to the microscale. In this chapter, we present the progress our research team has made on building an insect-scale aerial vehicle and zoom into the critical reliability issues associated with this system. We give a brief background on micro aerial vehicles (MAV) and an introductory overview on the insect-scale MAV prototype called RobeBee. Detailed implementation of RoboBee's electronic control system is presented and the reliability concerns and considerations associated ...

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