Unconventional control solutions for small fixed wing unmanned aircraft

Panta, A, Mohamed, A, Marino, M, Watkins, S and Fisher, A 2018, 'Unconventional control solutions for small fixed wing unmanned aircraft', Progress in Aerospace Sciences, vol. 102, pp. 122-135.


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Title Unconventional control solutions for small fixed wing unmanned aircraft
Author(s) Panta, A
Mohamed, A
Marino, M
Watkins, S
Fisher, A
Year 2018
Journal name Progress in Aerospace Sciences
Volume number 102
Start page 122
End page 135
Total pages 14
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract © 2018 Elsevier Ltd Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) have the potential to revolutionize our capabilities in gathering information, monitoring situations, and surveillance. They are required to maneuver in and around obstacles as well as negotiate atmospheric disturbances whilst holding accurate trajectories and minimizing rotation which can blur imagery. A study of existing literature on MAV control challenges found that current turbulence mitigation systems and control surface configurations lack the speed of response and control authority required to maintain steady flight in turbulence. Improved control response may come from unconventional designs, bio-inspired systems, or from careful manipulation of the flow mechanics. As such, in this paper, key unsteady aerodynamic parameters are also reviewed and considered prior to deriving potential control solutions that could help MAVs fly well in turbulence.
Subject Flight Dynamics
Keyword(s) Flight challenges
mav aerodynamics
Micro air vehicle
Turbulence
Turbulence mitigation
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.paerosci.2018.07.005
Copyright notice © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 0376-0421
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