Exploring tandem wing UAS designs for operation in turbulent urban environments

Gigacz, R, Mohamed, A, Poksawat, P, Panta, A and Watkins, S 2018, 'Exploring tandem wing UAS designs for operation in turbulent urban environments', International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 254-261.


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Title Exploring tandem wing UAS designs for operation in turbulent urban environments
Author(s) Gigacz, R
Mohamed, A
Poksawat, P
Panta, A
Watkins, S
Year 2018
Journal name International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles
Volume number 10
Issue number 3
Start page 254
End page 261
Total pages 8
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Abstract The stability of small unmanned air systems can be challenged by turbulence during low-altitude flight in cluttered urban environments. This paper explores the benefits of a tandem wing aircraft configuration with the implementation of a pressure-based phase-advanced turbulence sensory system on a small unmanned air system for gust mitigation. The objective was to utilise passive and active methods to minimise gust-induced perturbations. Experimentation in repeatable turbulence within a wind tunnel�s test section was conducted. The experiments focus on the roll axis, which is isolated through a specially designed roll-axis rig. The results show improvement over conventional aircraft. This work is part of a larger research project aimed at enabling safe, stable and steady small unmanned air systems flight in urban environments.
Subject Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) micro air vehicle
Small unmanned air systems
turbulence
unmanned air systems
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1756829318794167
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2018. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
ISSN 1756-8293
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