A quadcopter that can fit in your pocket! Yes, this is one flying aircraft which is minimal in its looks with a miniature design that is open source and can be accessed or modified by keen DIYers. Designed by researcher Bart Remes and his team of the Micro Aerial Vehicle Laboratory at TU Delft faculty of Aerospace Engineering, this is the world’s smallest open source autopilot for small unmanned aircraft and dubbed as Lisa/S. One advantage of building such a small flying vehicle is to facilitate longer flight times, ability to carry more payload and maneuverability in narrower spaces. The main motive to make such a Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) is to make sure that any rescue or safety operation can be assisted with such robots that fit inside the pocket and can be initiated in a jiffy.
Lisa/S MAV/UAV weighs only 1.9 grams and measures 2 cm by 2 cm making it super lightweight and small enough to go through any crack easily. Perfect combination of a Drone and MAV Programmed with SuperBitrf software, the micro aerial vehicle is connected to the base station and remote controlled transmitter for seamless operation at considerable distances too. The researchers have made it open source so that other intuitive geeks can improve it and come up with suggestions to fine tune it even further.
According to Remes their dream is to make MAVs as common as a smartphone or a laptop so that it can be used for any kind of rescue operations, inspections or even for fun. Clearly this kind of small unmanned quadcopter can be handy in operations where it is hard to explore the terrain due to space constraints.
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