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1/14
First class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 3002 ECEB
Initial Post due 11:59p
1/21
Second class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 3002 ECEB
1/28
Third class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 3002 ECEB
Project approval due 4:45p
IEEE Eagle Workshop 7:00p - 8:00p ECEB 1015
2/4
Fourth class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 1002 ECEB
Proposals due 11:59p
2/11
Eagle assignment due 11:59p
2/18
Design Document due 11:59p
2/25
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3/11
3/18
Spring Break
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3/25
4/1
Presentation Workshop 6:00p ECEB 1013
4/8
4/15
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
4/22
4/29
Extra Credit Poster Session 3:30p - 5:30p ECEB Lobby
Final papers due 11:59p
Lab Notebook Due due 3:00p - 4:30p 2070 ECEB
Lab checkout 3:00p - 4:30p 2070 ECEB
Award Ceremony and Pizza 4:30p - 5:30p 3002 ECEB

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.

Project Videos