This work focuses on the design and predicted performance of a two meter wingspan solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Such a platform would be ideal for distributed robotics applications because it combines the portability and deployment simplicity of a small airframe with the long flight time of a solar UAV. Methods to design and predict properties of a two meter solar UAV are described including airframe type selection, mass estimation, and propulsion requirements. A simplified approach to predict flight time is presented as well as an improved metric for quantifying multiday flight robustness. Maximum flight time for the two meter airframe considered is estimated to be greater than ten hours which is an order of magnitude improvement over reported commercially available options. In terms of multi-day flight capability, total mass is predicted to be within the bounds of a realizable aircraft based on extrapolation from larger experimentally tested multi-day solar UAVs.
|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||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-0934413, IIS-1017344, CNS-1061489, IIS-1427014, IIP-1432957, and CNS-1531330.