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Tiltrotor UAV? Answered

So, a friend and I were looking at something NASA published a while ago. It was a call for a tiltrotor craft that could carry 55 people, could land either in water or on land, and could suck up water for use in firefighting. It was also meant to be a civilian craft. Anyway, we started to get an idea in our heads about designing some sort of tiltrotor rc thing or perhaps a UAV. We're both mechanical engineering majors and have some experience with aerodynamics, programming, electronics systems and rc aircraft. I was wondering if anyone had some good suggestions as to the design of this. One of the things we weren't quite sure about was what we would use for a power supply. Appreciate the help.

*Note, if we actually build anything it will only be a small scale proof of concept prototype built from inexpensive parts.

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rickharris (author)2012-01-25

Osprey plane - look it up


Hard to engineer but not impossible Lots here

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=RC+tilt+rotor&oq=RC+tilt+rotor&aq=f&aqi=g2&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=1797l4752l0l4971l13l13l0l6l6l0l219l1247l0.4.3l7l0.

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SG1Oniell (author)rickharris2012-01-25

Simply pointing me in the direction of the Osprey really isn't too helpful. I am very familiar with the V-22 Osprey. Also, while the link is nice I am perfectly capable of using various search engines to help me, which I have been doing. Actual technical information is far more useful to me. No offense.

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canucksgirl (author)2012-01-24

I recently read about some new technology involving zero-emission engines that run on "liquid air" and only exhaust cold air. This may be a little advanced, but maybe not so for NASA...

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SG1Oniell (author)canucksgirl2012-01-25

Yeah I've read about them, they're supposedly better than fuel cells and electric systems. I actually read the same article you posted. Very interesting stuff, it'd need to be powerful enough to power several propellers and perhaps secondary systems. Promising for other uses though.

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