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Micro-unmanned aerodynamic vehicle

United States Patent

March 11, 2008
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A MEMS-based micro-unmanned vehicle includes at least a pair of wings having leading wing beams and trailing wing beams, at least two actuators, a leading actuator beam coupled to the leading wing beams, a trailing actuator beam coupled to the trailing wing beams, a vehicle body having a plurality of fulcrums pivotally securing the leading wing beams, the trailing wing beams, the leading actuator beam and the trailing actuator beam and having at least one anisotropically etched recess to accommodate a lever-fulcrum motion of the coupled beams, and a power source.
Reuel; Nigel (Rio Rancho, NM), Lionberger; Troy A. (Ann Arbor, MI), Galambos; Paul C. (Albuquerque, NM), Okandan; Murat (Albuquerque, NM), Baker; Michael S. (Albuquerque, NM)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC), N/A (
11/ 100,592
April 7, 2005
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL 85000, between the United States Department of Energy and the Lockheed Martin Corporation for the operation of the Sandia National Laboratory.