Technology and Fabrication of Ultralight Micro-Aerial Vehicles

  • Adam KlaptoczEmail author
  • Jean-Daniel Nicoud


Recent advances in micro-air vehicles have produced impressive results for platforms weighing below 50 g. The lightest platforms to take flight with a minimum of functionality are below 0.5 g, but researchers dream of flying at insect size. However, many difficulties occur when scaling down existing technologies. Aerodynamic laws equate to decreased efficiency at smaller sizes and hence more power per weight is required. Current energy storage technologies do not have the required capacity and powertrains are no longer efficient enough. Construction is difficult due to small size and low weight requirements. This chapter surveys the status of current technology and its prospects in miniaturization and shows several examples to illustrate the state of the art and the difficulties in reaching ever-smaller platform sizes.


Obstacle Avoidance Flight Time Defense Advance Research Project Agency NiTi Wire BLDC Motor 
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This work was partially supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and by the Future Emerging Technologies division of the European Commission within the Swarmanoid project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lab of Intelligent SystemsEPFLLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Didel SABelmontSwitzerland

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