Design and experiments for a transformable solar-UAV

Ruben D'Sa, Travis Henderson, Devon Jenson, Michael Calvert, Thaine Heller, Bobby Schulz, Jack Kilian, Nikolaos P Papanikolopoulos

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Abstract

Aerial robotic platforms are an increasingly sought-after solution for a variety of sensing, monitoring, and transportation challenges. However, as invaluable as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been for these applications, fixed-wing and multi-rotor systems each have individual limitations. Fixed-wing UAVs are generally capable of high-altitude surveillance and long flight times, while quad-rotors are most effective when used for their maneuverability and close-quarters surveying. This paper improves upon the prototypes discussed in [1] by creating a series of three next-generation prototypes to isolate the aspects of solar powered fixed-wing flight, quad-rotor flight, and transformation modes of the SUAV:Q platform. Improvements to the transformation mechanism, airframe design, variable pitch propulsion system, and custom-designed power electronics are presented along with validation of the designs through empirical testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICRA 2017 - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3917-3923
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781509046331
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 21 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2017 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: May 29 2017Jun 3 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Other

Other2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2017
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period5/29/176/3/17

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D'Sa, R., Henderson, T., Jenson, D., Calvert, M., Heller, T., Schulz, B., Kilian, J., & Papanikolopoulos, N. P. (2017). Design and experiments for a transformable solar-UAV. In ICRA 2017 - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (pp. 3917-3923). [7989451] (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2017.7989451