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8/24
First class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 1002 ECEB
Initial Post due 11:59p
8/31
Second class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 1002 ECEB
9/7
Third class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 1002 ECEB
Project approval due 4:45p
9/14
Fourth class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 3002 ECEB
Proposals due 11:59p
Initial Conversation With Machine Shop (Optional) due 4:00p ECEB 1047
9/21
Eagle assignment due 11:59p
9/28
Design Document Check
Fliflet: Zoom
Design Document due 11:59p
10/5
Design Review
Fliflet: Zoom
Design Review
Jiang: Zoom
Design Review
Schuh: Zoom
Design Review
Fliflet: Zoom
Design Review
Schuh: Zoom
Design Review
Fliflet: Zoom
Design Review
Jiang: Zoom
Design Review
Schuh: Zoom
Last day for revisions to the machine shop due 1048 ECEB
10/12
10/19
10/26
11/2
11/9
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
11/16
Demonstration
Fliflet: 2072
Demonstration
Fliflet: 2072
Demonstration
Fliflet: 2072
11/23
Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break
11/30
Mock Presentation
Zoom
Mock Presentation
Zoom
Presentation
Fliflet: Zoom
Presentation
Fliflet: Zoom
Presentation
Fliflet: Zoom
12/7
Final papers due 11:59p
Lab checkout 3:00p - 4:30p 2070 ECEB
Award Ceremony 4:30p - 5:30p 3002 ECEB
Lab Notebook Due due 11:59p

Propeller-less Multi-rotor

Ignacio Aguirre Panadero, Bree Peng, Leo Yamamae

Propeller-less Multi-rotor

Featured Project

Our project explored the every-expanding field of drones. We wanted to solve a problem with the dangers of plastic propellers as well as explore new method of propulsion for drones.

Our design uses a centrifugal fan design inspired by Samm Shepard's "This is NOT a Propeller" video where he created a centrifugal fan for a radio controlled plane. We were able to design a fan that has a peak output of 550g per fan that is safe when crashing and when the impeller inside damaged.

The chassis and fans are made of laser-cut polystyrene and is powered using brushless motors typically used for radio-controlled helicopters.

The drone uses an Arduino DUE with a custom shield and a PCB to control the system via Electronic Speed Controllers. The drone also has a feedback loop that will try to level the drone using a MPU6050.

We were able to prove that this method of drone propulsion is possible and is safer than using hard plastic propellers.

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