My name is Peter Ryseck and I am part of a UAV and rotorcraft research group at the University of Maryland (College Park) and QBiT is one piece of our research topics. Ever since 2009, we have been researching the quadrotor-biplane configuration on a variety of scales. In fact, our research vehicles range in GTOW of 200g to our largest version which is over 10kg. I wanted to make the mini QBiT more readily available to the RC hobbyist and small air vehicle research community. In this way, the vehicle and its data can grow through the power of the larger community, rather than just the confines of our research group.

A little about me:

I am a DEVCOM Army Research Lab Journeyman Fellow and Master’s student studying rotorcraft with a focus on the aeromechanics of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) vehicles under advisors Dr. Inderjit Chopra and Dr. Derrick Yeo at the University of Maryland (UMD).

Throughout my undergrad at UMD, I focused on broadening the flight envelope of multi-mode UAS through morphing aerodynamic elements. As a master’s student, I am exploring potential combinations of UAS motion planning techniques such as multi-agent path planning using D* Lite and aerodynamic analyses in future clean energy aerial system applications. I am currently leading a wind tunnel test campaign at the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel to characterize existing UAS platforms with a view to develop the next generation of tactical aerial systems. Current areas of focus include: characterizing aerodynamic forces of SUAS airframes, open rotor and ducted rotor performance for the Army Research Lab and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.

After graduation in May 2022, I would like to pursue opportunities that accelerate the transition towards zero-emission vehicles.