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Launch

The unmanned aerial vehicle dropped an autonomous payload... a Pelican Case with a servo controlled parachute, guided by GPS and accelerometers. Total cost of the autonomous payload was about $500 in parts.

 

The payload was dropped from 10,000 feet, and was only off by a matter of feet.

 

Academic paper here:

www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?Location=U2&doc=GetTRDo...

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Taken on May 3, 2011