Middlesex University’s Team I-Spy tri-rotor UAV

Middlesex University’s Team I-Spy tri-rotor unmanned air vehicle was developed over 15-months starting in March 2007.

A team of six including two lecturers and doctoral and undergraduate students, the vertical take-off and landing UAV has an endurance of up to 15min using Lithium Polymer batteries and can carry a payload of 1kg (2.2lb).

The team took the tri-rotor to the UK Ministry of Defence’s Grand Challenge, held 16-19 August 2008, but did not demonstrate it preferring to show an unmanned ground vehicle. Although the tri-rotor uses a helicopter version of the Micropilot autopilot software it had had “stability issues”.

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