Flying Fish, the Unmanned Seaplane (Electric Vehicles Land, Sea & Air USA 2012)

Dr Ella Atkins, Associate Professor
University of Michigan
United States
Mar 27, 2012.


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Presentation Summary

1. The Flying Fish project: Design, construction, and flight testing
2. An avionics package for autonomous drift/flight management
3. Open-water deployment challenges and solutions:
  • Autonomous takeoff and landing
  • Solar energy harvesting
  • An unexpected air data sensing issue
4. Remaining challenges & future missions for an "unattended" energy-harvesting seaplane

Speaker Biography (Ella Atkins)

Dr. Ella Atkins is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan where she directs the Autonomous Aerospace Systems Lab. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on autonomous fault-tolerant flight management systems, and she has collaboratively designed, built, and flight-tested novel unmanned seaplane (Flying Fish), flexible wing (X-HALE), aerobatic, and flapping wing aircraft. Dr. Atkins is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a small public airport owner/operator (Shamrock Field, Brooklyn, Michigan).

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