Control, Propulsion and Energy Assessment of a Spherical UAS for Low Speed Operations

BANDYCKI, Sebastian, TRANCOSSI, Michele and PASCOA, Jose (2017). Control, Propulsion and Energy Assessment of a Spherical UAS for Low Speed Operations. SAE Technical Papers, 1 (2065), 1-14.

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This paper presents a comparison between different hypotheses of propulsion of a spherical UAS. Different architectures have been analyzed assessing their specific aerodynamic, energetic, and flight mechanics features. The comparison has been performed assuming the robustness of flight control in different wind conditions, defining for each the specific operative ranges, mission profiles, and energy assessment. An effective energy assessment and comparison against a commercial UAS has been produced. Even if the paper considers a preliminary simplified configuration, it demonstrates clearly to be competitive against traditional quadcopters in a predefined reference mission.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: spherical, UAS, UAV, control, model, energy balance
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Engineering Research
Departments: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Engineering and Mathematics
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Depositing User: Michele Trancossi
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 11:46
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2018 20:16

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