Why Use 3D-Printed Drones?
A crash for a typical model aircraft can mean disaster in the form of dollar signs and hours of labor. Enter 3-D printing, which allows for quick modification and the rapid creation of replacement parts. The University of Virginia and Mitre Corporation have teamed up to create a fully autonomous, hand-launchable drone made using a 3-D printer and off-the-shelf parts.
VIDEOGRAPHER AND EDITOR: Jon Betz
PRODUCER: Sarah Joseph
ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE: Mitchell Powers, UVA
MUSIC: ThisBruceSmith / http://Pond5.com
About University of Virginia
The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation and the world. The University is public, while nourished by the strong support of its alumni. It is also selective; the students who come here have been chosen because they show the exceptional promise Jefferson envisioned.
The University of Virginia is made up of eleven schools in Charlottesville, plus the College at Wise in southwest Virginia. U.Va. offers 56 bachelor’s degrees in 53 fields, 79 master’s degrees in 63 fields, five educational specialist degrees, two first-professional degrees (law and medicine), and 54 doctoral degrees in 52 fields.
The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 15 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.
About Mitre Corporation
MITRE is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government.We operate FFRDCs—federally funded research and development centers—which are unique organizations that assist the United States government with:
- Scientific research and analysis
- Development and acquisition
- Systems engineering and integration
We also have an independent research program that explores new and expanded uses of technologies to solve our sponsors’ problems.
MITRE is chartered to work in the public interest. We have no commercial interests. We have no owners or shareholders, and we can’t compete for anything except the right to operate FFRDCs. This lack of commercial conflicts of interest forms the basis for our objectivity. We also have the ability to acquire sensitive and proprietary information from the government and industry to inform our work. These organizations are able and willing to share data because they know we won’t use it for a competitive advantage.
Moreover, because we operate multiple FFRDCs, we foster a culture of knowledge sharing. We apply what we learn from addressing one sponsor’s challenges to similar issues faced by other federal agencies. This means when sponsors engage with us, they have access to all the minds of MITRE.