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A Fixed-Wing Biplane MAV for Low Speed Missions

Thipyopas, Chinnapat and Moschetta, Jean-Marc A Fixed-Wing Biplane MAV for Low Speed Missions. (2009) International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, 1 (1). 13-33. ISSN 1756-8293

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1260/1756-8293.1.1.13

Abstract

Practical MAVs missions, such as outdoor urban environment recognitions, simultaneously require a capability of both dashing to escape enemy fire and slowly loitering over a target in order to capture and transmit clear images to a ground station. Since an MAV intrinsically offers better payload and endurance capabilities than a rotorcraft of an equal size, fixed-wing MAVs can be considered as promising platforms to start with. The objective of this study is to investigate the possibility of developing a fixed-wing MAV which can both perform rapid translations and low-speed flights through urban canyons. Alow-speed wind tunnel testing is conducted to compare several powered configurations including monoplane, biplane and tandem wing combinations. The testing also focuses on wing-propeller interactions. Results indicate that a positive stagger biplane configuration powered by counter-rotating propellers placed in pusher position provides the best trade-off between a high-speed performance and a low-speed capability with a limited electric consumption. Consequently, a 30 cm span MAV biplane prototype, named TYTO-30, has been designed and built. TYTO-30 is equipped with a 110g-payload which includes a video camera, navigation and autopilot system and has been flight tested successfully.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-01917271
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
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DGA/MRIS - Kasetsart University - Ministère des Affaires Etrangères
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