Design and experiments for multi-section-transformable (MIST)-UAV

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Presented in this paper are the design and experiments for a transformable Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) UAV. This work demonstrates shape-shifting transformation, building upon the conceptual designs put forth in [1] and [2], along with hardware prototyping and component testing from [3]. A deterministic model is presented to characterize the flight of the MIST-UAV in simulation. Experimental results from the platform demonstrate for the first time successful in-air transformation from multi-rotor, tail-sitter, and fixed-wing operation. Experiments also validated transformation repeatability, successfully testing multiple sequential transformations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538660263
StatePublished - May 2019
Event2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2019 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: May 20 2019May 24 2019

Publication series

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


Conference2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
VII. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This material is based upon work partially supported by the National Science Foundation through grants IIS-1427014, CNS-1439728, CNS-1531330, and CNS-1544887. Sentera Inc. and Honeywell Inc. have also supported parts of this work. Ruben D’Sa was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship No. 00039202.

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© 2019 IEEE.


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