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May30-10, 03:53 PM
P: 43
Some reasons for looking at flapping wing / flexible wing MAV's vs. rigid wing MAV's...

1) At the low reynolds numbers (low flight air speeds < 10 m/s) being dealt with conventional wings a very much less efficient then at much greater reynolds numbers.

2) Fixed wing MAV's have lower agility to deal with indoor obstacle avoidance.

3) Rotary wing MAV's are too noisy as well as suffer from efficiency effects of low reynolds numbers.