MAV Appreciation Club®
Tag: [MAC] Fans: 56 Created: 2011-12-08

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> PLEASE, READ - Membership: +100 MAV-kills required!

> Total amount of MAV-kills: 57.374 (updated 7.11.2012).

> A micro air vehicle (MAV), or micro aerial vehicle (once called by The Washington Post Robobugs), is a class of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that has a size restriction and may be autonomous. Modern craft can be as small as 15 centimetres. Development is driven by commercial, research, government, and military purposes; with insect-sized aircraft reportedly expected in the future. The small craft allows remote observation of hazardous environments inaccessible to ground vehicles. MAVs have been built for hobby purposes, such as aerial robotics contests and aerial photography.

> Micro air vehicles are either fixed-wing aircraft, rotary-wing aircraft (helicopter), or flapping-wing (of which the ornithopter is a subset) designs; with each being used for different purposes. Fixed-wing craft require higher, forward flight speeds to stay airborne, and are therefore able to cover longer distances; however they are unable to effectively maneuver inside structures such as buildings. Rotary-wing designs allow the craft to hover and move in any direction, at the cost of requiring closer proximity for launch and recovery. Flapping-wing-powered flight has yet to reach the same level of maturity as fixed-wing and rotary-wing designs. However, flapping-wing designs, if fully realized, would boast a maneuverability that is superior to both fixed- and rotary-wing designs due to the extremely high wing loadings achieved via unsteady aerodynamics.

> Furthermore, MAVs are used for massive Battlefield 3 trolling (yes, even after patch!).


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