Development of a Quad-rotor Fixed-wing Hybrid Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Janith Gunarathna1, Rohan Munasinghe1

  • 1University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka



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Robotics and Control


13:30 - 15:15 | Wed 30 May | SD1 | W.2.2

Robotics and Control I

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This paper describes the development of a quad-rotor fixed-wing hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). By combining the flying qualities of quadrotor UAV and that of fixed-wing UAVs it is possible to achieve superior flying qualities. This way, the vertical take-off and landing capability of quadrotors and the long endurance of fixed-wing UAVs have been put together, while eliminating the disadvantages of both of these UAV types. The proposed hybrid drone has shown exciting performance in taking-off, cruising and landing fully autonomously. Control transition from quadrotor to fixed-wing and backwards have been analyzed. Sky Scout fixed-wing drone has been used to build the hybrid UAV, and the performance has been successfully demonstrated through flight tests. This paper precent the complete design of a quadrotor fixed-wing hybrid aerial vehicle with modelling, simulation and experimental verification.

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