Helium Micro Air Vehicle(MAV)

Project Description

The goal is to build a Micro Air Vehicle that uses helium as its main source of lift. The Helium MAV will be able to survey fires, contaminated areas, and posssibly look at heat signatures in buildings to determine where heat is being lost. Our team detemined a blimp will be the most efficient way to go since it is both areodynamic and provides a good enclosure to hold the most helium.



Our objectives are based on what we need to do to make this project succeed. For instance we need to reduce the amount of weight to make the balloon float but also have all our component inside. Click on the view details button for a table corresponding to our objectives with the required units.

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Constraints are the requirements that are needed to be incorporated in the Helium MAV project. Constraints are usually set by te client so in view detail a slide of the constraints are outilined.

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Why Helium?

1. Helium is an inert gas, making it non-reactive and non-flammable which is essential for the project since it is required to observe fires.

2. Helium is 13% lighter then air making it great for lift.



Why Not Hydrogen?

1. Hydorgen is the lightest element known but it is highly reactive and flammable.

2. The Hindenburg Disaster was an example where the Hydrogen acted as a fuel source for the fire.


Why a Blimp?

1. A blimp was selected based on it ability to hold the helium as well as the aerodynamic shape which will produce the least amount of drag.

2. Hot Air Balloons, Zeppelins, and other dirigibles are either to heavy with there internal structures or produce to much drag.