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  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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||ICRA 2017 - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Jul 21 2017|
|Event||2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2017 - Singapore, Singapore|
Duration: May 29 2017 → Jun 3 2017
|Name||Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation|
|Other||2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2017|
|Period||5/29/17 → 6/3/17|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through grants #CNS-0934327, #CNS-1439728, #IIS-1427014, #OISE-1551059, #CNS-1531330, and #CNS-1544887. Ruben DSa was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship No. 00039202.