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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Fixed wings
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Rotors
Maneuverability
Airframes
Experiments
Surveying
Power electronics
Propulsion
Robotics
Antennas
Monitoring
Testing

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D'Sa, R., Henderson, T., Jenson, D., Calvert, M., Heller, T., Schulz, B., ... 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

Design and experiments for a transformable solar-UAV. / D'Sa, Ruben; Henderson, Travis; Jenson, Devon; Calvert, Michael; Heller, Thaine; Schulz, Bobby; Kilian, Jack; Papanikolopoulos, Nikolaos P.

ICRA 2017 - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2017. p. 3917-3923 7989451 (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

D'Sa, R, Henderson, T, Jenson, D, Calvert, M, Heller, T, Schulz, B, Kilian, J & Papanikolopoulos, NP 2017, Design and experiments for a transformable solar-UAV. in ICRA 2017 - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation., 7989451, Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 3917-3923, 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2017, Singapore, Singapore, 5/29/17. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2017.7989451
D'Sa R, Henderson T, Jenson D, Calvert M, Heller T, Schulz B et al. Design and experiments for a transformable solar-UAV. In ICRA 2017 - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2017. p. 3917-3923. 7989451. (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2017.7989451
D'Sa, Ruben ; Henderson, Travis ; Jenson, Devon ; Calvert, Michael ; Heller, Thaine ; Schulz, Bobby ; Kilian, Jack ; Papanikolopoulos, Nikolaos P. / Design and experiments for a transformable solar-UAV. ICRA 2017 - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2017. pp. 3917-3923 (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation).
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