On December 13, FCU unveiled its prototype designs for a Turboshaft Coaxial Unmanned Helicopter, Motor-Driven Coaxial Unmanned Helicopter, and Taiwan’s first Mission-Oriented Coaxial Unmanned Helicopter.
Developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology, and with technology transfers from industry leaders, the UAVs offer state-of-the-art technological advancements in the field of aerospace development. Advancements over previous generation UAVs include improved aerodynamics, new rotor configuration, new transmission design, better vibration-reduction technology, advanced navigation and autonomous flight controls, and improved monitoring and image processing technology.
Completing the design of the Mission-Oriented Coaxial Unmanned Helicopter, and its subsequent successful test flights, was the result of dedicated efforts from professors and graduate students from both the Department of Aerospace and Systems Engineering and the Geographic Information Systems Research Center. The sharing of key technology, particularly in its industry-academia partnership with Thunder Tiger, also played an important role in the development of the UAVs.
Smart technologies and aerospace advancements are key components of the Taichung City government’s economic action plans. As FCU is one of only a few universities in central Taiwan to have an independent department devoted to aerospace technology, we will no doubt be at the forefront of future scientific advancements in the field.
To ensure that we not only offer technological advances, but also cultivate our students for career opportunities, we have made an energetic push to increase our research and development of aerospace technologies and actively forged a number of close links with leading aerospace companies. In this environment, the sky is indeed the limit for FCU’s UAV research and development opportunities.