Aerospace engineer Scott Newbern programs the flight computer in the Gryphon,
one of the prototypes in the fleet of small robot jets under development
at AeroVironment, a company founded in 1971 by inventor Paul MacCready.
The Gryphon flies without a rudder or tail stabilizer. Instead, the operator
controls the plane, which is powered by a miniature jet engine, with the
many tiny, specially designed flaps that control the flow of air over
Mythological flying creature - half lion, half eagle
Investigation of Modular Monolithic MEMS (M-cubed)
as an alternative to conventional aircraft controls
IMU, MEMS shear stress sensor arrays (-200 sensors
$60,000 (AeroVironment, hardware only), Caltech
and UCLA prototype MEMS hardware: $?
Uncertain - DARPA Funding will end in a few months
for first Generation, second generation is in construction