Two meter solar UAV: Design approach and performance prediction for autonomous sensing applications

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIROS 2016 - 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1695-1701
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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Morton, S., & Papanikolopoulos, N. P. (2016). Two meter solar UAV: Design approach and performance prediction for autonomous sensing applications. In IROS 2016 - 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (pp. 1695-1701). [7759272] (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems; Vol. 2016-November). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2016.7759272