Vice President, Rational Complex & Embedded Systems
This improvement on the classic paper airplane shows how far UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) can go. These prototypes were built at Queensland University of Technology. The first is a steerable plane using onboard electronics, sensors and controllable flaps to guide an airplane to a predetermined target. The second device follows nature's design and allows an electronics package to be dropped from a great height and perform work as it gently falls to the ground. This is simpler than parachute designs and is very inexpensive to manufacture. The potential of UAV's continue to grow and cheaper, more scalable technologies like this will only increase their adoption.