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  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  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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||IROS 2016 - 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Nov 28 2016|
|Event||2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2016 - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of|
Duration: Oct 9 2016 → Oct 14 2016
|Name||IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems|
|Other||2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2016|
|Country/Territory||Korea, Republic of|
|Period||10/9/16 → 10/14/16|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through grants #IIP-0934327, #IIS-1017344, #IIP-1332133, #IIS-1427014, #IIP-1432957, #OISE-1551059, #CNS-1514626, #CNS-1531330, and #CNS-1544887. Ruben D'Sa was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship No. 00039202.
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