Solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle for continuous flight: Conceptual overview and optimization

Scott Morton, Luke Scharber, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos

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Abstract

An aircraft that is capable of continuous flight offers a new level of autonomous capacity for unmanned aerial vehicles. We present an overview of the components and concepts of a small scale unmanned aircraft that is capable of sustaining powered flight without a theoretical time limit. We then propose metrics that quantify the robustness of continuous flight achieved and optimization criteria to maximize these metrics. Finally, the criteria are applied to a fabricated and flight tested small scale high efficiency aircraft prototype to determine the optimal battery and photovoltaic array mass for robust continuous flight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013
Pages766-771
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 14 2013
Event2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013 - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: May 6 2013May 10 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Other

Other2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013
CountryGermany
CityKarlsruhe
Period5/6/135/10/13

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