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Towards Autonomous Fixed-Wing MAVs With Hovering Capabilities

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William E. Green, Paul Y. Oh

Drexel University

Paper No. IMECE2005-79735, pp. 1387-1392; 6 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Dynamic Systems and Control, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4216-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Near-Earth environments, such as forests, caves, tunnels, and urban structures make reconnaissance, surveillance and search-and-rescue missions dificult and dangerous to accomplish. Micro-Air-Vehicles (MAVs), equipped with wireless cameras, can assist in such missions by providing real-time situational awareness. This paper describes an additional flight modality enabling fixed-wing MAVs to supplement existing endurance superiority with hovering capabilities. This secondary flight mode can also be used to avoid imminent collisions by quickly transitioning from cruise to hover ight. A sensor suite which will allow for autonomous hovering by regulating the aircraft’s yaw, pitch and roll angles is also described.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Wings



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