SUAV:Q - An improved design for a transformable solar-powered UAV

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

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Abstract

Throughout the wide range of aerial robot related applications, selecting a particular airframe is often a tradeoff. Fixed-wing small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) typically have difficulty surveying at low altitudes while quadrotor UAVs, having more maneuverability, suffer from limited flight time. Recent prior work [1] proposes a solar-powered small-scale aerial vehicle designed to transform between fixedwing and quad-rotor configurations. Surplus energy collected and stored while in a fixed-wing configuration is utilized while in a quad-rotor configuration. This paper presents an improvement to the robot's design in [1] by pursuing a modular airframe, an optimization of the hybrid propulsion system, and solar power electronics. Two prototypes of the robot have been fabricated for independent testing of the airframe in fixed-wing and quad-rotor states. Validation of the solar power electronics and hybrid propulsion system designs were demonstrated through a combination of simulation and empirical data from prototype hardware.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIROS 2016 - 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1609-1615
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781509037629
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 28 2016
Event2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2016 - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Oct 9 2016Oct 14 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Volume2016-November
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

Other

Other2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2016
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityDaejeon
Period10/9/1610/14/16

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Fixed wings
Airframes
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Rotors
Robots
Power electronics
Solar energy
Propulsion
Antennas
Maneuverability
Surveying
Systems analysis
Hardware
Testing

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D'Sa, R., Jenson, D., Henderson, T., Kilian, J., Schulz, B., Calvert, M., ... Papanikolopoulos, N. (2016). SUAV:Q - An improved design for a transformable solar-powered UAV. In IROS 2016 - 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (pp. 1609-1615). [7759260] (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems; Vol. 2016-November). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2016.7759260

SUAV:Q - An improved design for a transformable solar-powered UAV. / D'Sa, Ruben; Jenson, Devon; Henderson, Travis; Kilian, Jack; Schulz, Bobby; Calvert, Michael; Heller, Thaine; Papanikolopoulos, Nikolaos.

IROS 2016 - 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2016. p. 1609-1615 7759260 (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems; Vol. 2016-November).

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

D'Sa, R, Jenson, D, Henderson, T, Kilian, J, Schulz, B, Calvert, M, Heller, T & Papanikolopoulos, N 2016, SUAV:Q - An improved design for a transformable solar-powered UAV. in IROS 2016 - 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems., 7759260, IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, vol. 2016-November, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 1609-1615, 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2016, Daejeon, Korea, Republic of, 10/9/16. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2016.7759260
D'Sa R, Jenson D, Henderson T, Kilian J, Schulz B, Calvert M et al. SUAV:Q - An improved design for a transformable solar-powered UAV. In IROS 2016 - 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2016. p. 1609-1615. 7759260. (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems). https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2016.7759260
D'Sa, Ruben ; Jenson, Devon ; Henderson, Travis ; Kilian, Jack ; Schulz, Bobby ; Calvert, Michael ; Heller, Thaine ; Papanikolopoulos, Nikolaos. / SUAV:Q - An improved design for a transformable solar-powered UAV. IROS 2016 - 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2016. pp. 1609-1615 (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems).
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