Pocket-Size Micro Aerial Vehicle

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Jordan Odle
Sergey Shkarayev
Professor, Aerospace & Mech. Engineering
Managed By
Robert Sleeper
Licensing Manager (520) 626-4604

Title: Pocket-sized Micro Aerial Vehicle


Invention: The technology is a small device that is capable of flight with the ability to hover, take off and land vertically, transition from vertical to horizontal flight, and cruise at a high speed. The device contributes to the future of unmanned aerial vehicles with precision maneuvering capabilities.


Background: Between 2015 and 2020, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry revenue is expected to reach $4.3 billion. The government continues to invest billions of dollars into new platforms and technologies including the development of UAVs for fighter combat, stealth missions, aircraft carrier operations, surveillance, and communications. As for commercial UAV development, areas of interest include communications, agriculture, public sector, surveying, and other markets. This device, which has a multitude of market applications, utilizes a novel design based on the unsteady aerodynamics of flexible structures.



  • Commercial
  • Research
  • Military



  • A small device intended for use in the air
  • Maintains excellent flight efficiency
  • Can be controlled precisely while in the air
  • Capable of vertical take off and landing
  • Efficiently cruises like a conventional airplane


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Bob Sleeper


(520) 626-4604