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Design of the I-BoomCopter UAV for Remote Sensor Mounting

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Daniel R. McArthur, Arindam B. Chowdhury, David J. Cappelleri

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. DETC2017-67913, pp. V05BT08A018; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5B: 41st Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5818-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


This paper presents the design of the Interacting-BoomCopter (I-BoomCopter) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for mounting a remote sensor package on a vertical surface. Critical to the design is the novel, custom, light-weight passive end-effector. The end-effector has a forward-facing sonar sensor and in-line force sensor to enable autonomous sensor mounting tasks. The I-BoomCopter’s front boom is equipped with a horizontally-mounted propeller which can provide forward and reverse thrust with zero roll and pitch angles. The design and modeling of the updated I-BoomCopter platform is presented along with prototype flight test results. A teleoperated wireless camera sensor mounting task examines the updated platform’s suitability for mounting remote sensor packages.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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