Solar powered UAV: Design and experiments

Scott Morton, Ruben D'Sa, Nikolaos P Papanikolopoulos

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Abstract

Unmanned solar powered aircraft offer a unique set of advanced capabilities and have set general aviation records for longest continuous flight and greatest sustained altitude. However, the application of solar powered flight to small scale solar powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has seen sparse research activity and is only partially explored. The use of solar power as an energy resource allows small scale UAVs to carry heavier, more powerful sensor payloads, and can extend flight times to over 24 hours, thereby achieving multi-day flight. This work focuses on recent developments by the Center for Distributed Robotics on a four meter wingspan solar UAV designed for low altitude aerial sensing applications. Highlighted in this paper are aspects of airframe, propulsion, and electronics hardware design as well as experiments that quantify the solar power system and airframe performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIROS Hamburg 2015 - Conference Digest
Subtitle of host publicationIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2460-2466
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781479999941
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 11 2015
EventIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2015 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: Sep 28 2015Oct 2 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Volume2015-December
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

Other

OtherIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2015
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period9/28/1510/2/15

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Morton, S., D'Sa, R., & Papanikolopoulos, N. P. (2015). Solar powered UAV: Design and experiments. In IROS Hamburg 2015 - Conference Digest: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (pp. 2460-2466). [7353711] (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems; Vol. 2015-December). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2015.7353711