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Miniature Aerial vehicles:
Structural Design

As the design goal of current MAVs is aimed at 10kg weight, the most critical aspect of the aerial vehicle is weight. Therefore, lightweight materials are used extensively to form large assemblies that are easily interconnected to form the aerial vehicle. Future materials in development today will integrate power sources into the structural assemblies, providing "multifunction structures". In order to reduce weight, various approaches are used, from prefabricated shell, made of durable lightweight composites, to a podded payload, carried by a hollow tube connected, to film laminated wings and tail, as demonstrated by the Skylark miniature UAV designed for Elbit Systems by AD&D. Other approaches are based on inflatable aero dynamic structures, which enable deployment of miniature UAVs from artillery projectiles and rockets. Vertical takeoff and landing systems are also proposed for MAV, utilizing miniature helicopters as well as various ducted fan tail sitters, as demonstrated by Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Aero) Fantail. Other systems utilize effective aerodynamics to perform a "one way" glide mission, as they are deployed from UAVs, aircraft or guns, over the target. Such expendable MAVs can also be used for attack missions.

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