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Flexible self-erecting substructures for sensor networks

A composite flexible and aerodynamic load bearing wing structure suitable for compact unmanned vehicles, is described. Flexible printed circuitry and micro fuel cells can be incorporated as, or part of, the flexible aerodynamic structure. Accordingly, the overall system configuration can be optimized with respect to weight, space and size requirements. The flexible aerodynamic structure for the unmanned vehicle may be configured with a flexible dielectric substrate having an electrical contact on at least one surface of the substrate, and a flexible printed circuit disposed upon the substrate. The printed circuit can flex with the substrate and the substrate, with the printed circuit, to form a load lifting aerodynamic wing configuration when unfolded from a folded position.

Joshua Blanchi, Jayson T. Durham

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July 19, 2012
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