Project Type MQP Submission date 2012-03-12 Authors Nigel B Cochran, ncochran@WPI.EDU, RBE ME Janine S Pizzimenti, RBE ECE Raymond P Short, RBE CS URN E-project-031212-181154 Center LLP / Lincoln Labs Program Sponsor MIT Lincoln Laboratory Title Automated Refueling for Hovering Robots Advisors Michalson, William R., ECE Stafford, Kenneth A., ME Availability unrestricted
Small-scale, battery-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) suffer from short mission times before they must land for manual refueling, making the UAVs not truly autonomous for extended periods of time. This solution aims to be an innovative approach to a more refined iteration of previously proposed refueling solutions, while adding the novel functionality of being universal for many UAVs that are battery powered and can perform vertical takeoff and landing. The proposed design is a base station that positions the landed UAV to a known orientation, then exchanges and charges the UAVís battery. This solution allows for persistent flight of the UAV by maximizing its in-air duty cycle.
Files Automated_Refueling_for_Hovering_Robots.pdf Automated_Refueling_for_Hovering_Robots.pptx Automated_Refueling_for_Hovering_Robots_Poster.pptx uav_charging_base_Solidworks_files_WPI_11.zip UAV_Code.zip Videos.zip
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