On fixed-wing micro-air vehicles with hovering capabilities

Jean Marc Moschetta, Boris Bataillé, Chinnapat Thipyopas, Sergey V Shkarayev

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Abstract

The present paper investigates the possibility to improve the aerodynamic performance of a fixed-wing micro air vehicle (MAV) concept so as to simultaneously allow high cruise speed for covertness and hovering flight for stable image transmission. Two fixed-wing MAV configurations were tested and compared: a tilt-wing concept powered by two non-coaxial counter-rotating propellers and a tilt-body concept based on a coaxial rotor. The different configurations were separately analyzed based on wind tunnel experiments. The tilt-wing concept, although superior to the tilt-rotor concept, does not provide a significant benefit over an equivalent tilt-body MAV configuration. Finally, two tilt-body coaxial prototypes were designed and successfully flight tested to demonstrate the capability of fixed-wing MAV configurations to lift off, sustain hover flight and perform transition between forward and hover flight. Special attention was paid to the coaxial tail-sitter concept for which the propellers slipstream guarantees aerodynamic efficiency over the whole flight envelope. Side-by-side comparison of a mini- and a micro-sized coaxial tail-sitter model was carried out and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
StatePublished - 2008
Event46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 7 2008Jan 10 2008

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Other46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
CountryUnited States
CityReno, NV
Period1/7/081/10/08

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Micro air vehicle (MAV)
Fixed wings
Propellers
Aerodynamics
Rotors
Flight envelopes
Image communication systems
Wind tunnels
Experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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Moschetta, J. M., Bataillé, B., Thipyopas, C., & Shkarayev, S. V. (2008). On fixed-wing micro-air vehicles with hovering capabilities. In 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit [2008-0221]

On fixed-wing micro-air vehicles with hovering capabilities. / Moschetta, Jean Marc; Bataillé, Boris; Thipyopas, Chinnapat; Shkarayev, Sergey V.

46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. 2008. 2008-0221.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Moschetta, JM, Bataillé, B, Thipyopas, C & Shkarayev, SV 2008, On fixed-wing micro-air vehicles with hovering capabilities. in 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit., 2008-0221, 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, United States, 1/7/08.
Moschetta JM, Bataillé B, Thipyopas C, Shkarayev SV. On fixed-wing micro-air vehicles with hovering capabilities. In 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. 2008. 2008-0221
Moschetta, Jean Marc ; Bataillé, Boris ; Thipyopas, Chinnapat ; Shkarayev, Sergey V. / On fixed-wing micro-air vehicles with hovering capabilities. 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. 2008.
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