DESIGN OF A LONG RANGE UAV (UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE)

CLIENT:
UNIVERSITY OF CONCEPCION

COUNTRY:
CHILE

YEAR:
2008

 

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

 

BA degree project carried out at University of Chile, in collaboration with University of Concepcion. I designed and produced the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in South America built with vegetable fibers from the Amazon. GIANT is a personal academic  development which allowed me to research and explore the versatility and new uses of vegetable fiber from a banana-like plant called Abaca. The University of Concepcion allowed me to use its infrastructure and laboratories for this development.

Sketchbook

CONCEPT IDEATION:

 

The airplane was conceptualized and designed from the shape of an insect exoskeleton. The GIANT differs from the current drones due to its long autonomy to carry out missions of up to 5 hours and its versatility in achieving flights by programming routes with GPS coordinates.

DEVELOPMENT:

 

 I was the only designer and principal investigator, accompanied by the specialized guide of an aerospace engineer, an experienced pilot for UAVs and a commercial engineer to have the feedback of the different commercial purposes that the air vehicle could satisfy. The project was sold to the Chilean Army for further investigation and usage.