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  • Design of a Fuel Cell Powered UAV for Environmental Research
    (Uche C. Ofoma and Chivey C. Wu
    California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 9003
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    This paper describes the design of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) intended for use as a remote sensing tool. Rationale behind the design goals are stated as well as the challenges of designing and fielding such a unique vehicle. Although fuel cells are not new, their integration with autonomous aircraft presents an interesting design problem. Analysis completed on a baseline configuration is covered and issues concerning fuel cell weight, size and cost are detailed. The paper presents an alternate approach to meeting the goal of developing a reliable fuel cell powered UAV for environmental research. This approach uses a smaller UAV as a test bed for major aircraft components. It is hoped that this design methodology will eventually provide ecologists with a robust and affordable method of conducting local scale, high resolution remote sensing and aerial photography.
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