First flight tests for a quadrotor UAV with tilting propellers

Markus Ryll, Heinrich H. Bulthoff, Paolo Robuffo Giordano

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Abstract

In this work we present a novel concept of a quadrotor UAV with tilting propellers. Standard quadrotors are limited in their mobility because of their intrinsic underactuation (only 4 independent control inputs vs. their 6-dof pose in space). The quadrotor prototype discussed in this paper, on the other hand, has the ability to also control the orientation of its 4 propellers, thus making it possible to overcome the aforementioned underactuation and behave as a fully-actuated flying vehicle. We first illustrate the hardware/software specifications of our recently developed prototype, and then report the experimental results of some preliminary, but promising, flight tests which show the capabilities of this new UAV concept.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013
Pages295-302
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013 - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 2013 May 62013 May 10

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Other

Other2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013
CountryGermany
CityKarlsruhe
Period13/5/613/5/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Ryll, M., Bulthoff, H. H., & Giordano, P. R. (2013). First flight tests for a quadrotor UAV with tilting propellers. In 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013 (pp. 295-302). [6630591] (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2013.6630591