A new Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) flight endurance record of one hour and 47
minutes was set recently according to a DARPA press
release (PDF format). The record setting MAV, named The WASP, was made by AeroVironment, Inc under a
DARPA research contract for synthetic multifunctional materials. The
WASP uses electric propulsion, has a 13 inch wingspan and weighs in at
just 170 grams. AeroVironment makes a variety of robotic planes and
other electrically powered vehicles.
Although it won't win the endurance record, "Pixel" the micro-
helicopter, is also very cool.
Check it out at:
These records were set by people without multi-million dollar
I really love the smallest model to fly. Must have been heck to capture
all them flies to use as motors. Then you have to superglue them to the
model. Humm...might work as a motor for a new class of under 1cubic
centimeter robots. Nano-cyborgs.
Altitude: A radio-controlled model airplane owned by
Maynard Hill (USA) climbed to a record breaking altitude of 8,205m
(26,919ft) on the 6 of September 1970.
Distance: In July 1995, Robert Rosenthal and Maynard
Hill (USA) set a model airplane closed-circuit record of 1,250 km (776
miles). The longest flight in a straight line to a nominated landing
point was 737.9 km (458 miles 880 yds), by Maynard Hill and Robert
Rosenthal, from Bealeton, Virginia, USA, to Ridgeland, South Carolina,
USA in 8ht 43mins on 29 of August 1995.
Speed: The overall speed record is 395.64 km/h (245.84
mph), by a model flown on control lines by Leonod Lipinski (USSR) in
December 1971. The record for a radio-controlled model is
390..92 km/h (242.91 mph), by Walter Siatar (Austria) on the 10 June
Maynard Hill (USA) flew a powered
model for 33hr 39mins 15secs form 1-2 October 1992. - An indoor model
with a wound rubber motor set a record of 55mins 6 sec in December
1993. - Jean-Peirre Schlitknecht flew a solar-driven model airplane for
10hr 43mins 15secs at Wetzlar, Germany, on the 10 July 1991.
Smallest model aircraft: The smallest model aircrafts
weighs 0.1g (4/100 oz.). Powered by a horse fly, it was made by Don
Emmick of Seattle, USA.
Largest model aircraft: The Largest radio-controlled
model aircrafts was a glider weighing 163.3kg (360lb) with a wingspan
of 7.77 m (25ft 6in) made by Melton Mowbray and District Model Club,