Development of a quad rotor tail-sitter VTOL UAV without control surfaces and experimental verification

Atsushi Oosedo, Satoko Abiko, Atsushi Konno, Takuya Koizumi, Tatuya Furui, Masaru Uchiyama

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Abstract

This paper presents development of a quad rotor tail-sitter VTOL UAV (Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) which is composed of four rotors and a fixed wing. The conventional VTOL UAVs have a drawback in the accuracy of the attitude control in stationary hovering because they were developed based on a fixed-wing aircraft and they used the control surfaces, such as aileron, elevator, and rudder for the attitude control. To overcome such a drawback, we developed a quad rotor tail-sitter VTOL UAV. The quad rotor tail-sitter VTOL UAV realizes high accuracy in the attitude control with four rotors like a quad rotor helicopter and achieves level flight like a fixed-wing airplane. The remarkable characteristic of the developed quad rotor tail-sitter VTOL UAV is that it does not use any control surfaces even in the level flight. This paper shows the design concept of the developed UAV and experimental verification of all flight modes including hovering, transition flight and level flight.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Pages317-322
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013 - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 2013 May 62013 May 10

Other

Other2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013
CountryGermany
CityKarlsruhe
Period13/5/613/5/10

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Oosedo, A., Abiko, S., Konno, A., Koizumi, T., Furui, T., & Uchiyama, M. (2013). Development of a quad rotor tail-sitter VTOL UAV without control surfaces and experimental verification. In Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (pp. 317-322). [6630594] https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2013.6630594