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UAV Embodiment

Embodiment means the physical structure of the UAV or drone, including aerodynamics, mechanical design, and materials.  Research in embodiment is supported by lab facilities at the SDU Campus, as well as the SDU UAS Test Center and Composite Materials Laboratory at the HCA Airport.  


The SDU UAS Center is developing key research areas within embodiment and drone safety:

  • Ethical embodiment using Value-Sensitive Design (VSD) methods
  • High-performance structures from composite materials
  • Emerging manufacturing methods such as 3D printing
  • Active safety systems including a drone airbag, drone parachute, and fail-safe activation module

The goal in the embodied research area is to create drones that are both effective and ethical by design, in support of the Center's mission of creating drones for the benefit of society.  


Related research projects


An Ethical Drone

AED Delivery Drone



Dylan Cawthorne, SDU UAS Center

Last Updated 10.07.2020