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Development of a spherical aerial vehicle for urban search
Author(s): Kang Hou; Hanxu Sun; Qingxuan Jia; Yanheng Zhang
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Paper Abstract

With the ability to provide close surveillance in narrow space or urban areas, spherical aerial vehicles have been of great interest to many scholars and researchers. The spherical aerial vehicle offers substantial design advantages over the conventional small aerial vehicles. As a kind of small aerial vehicles, spherical aerial vehicle is presented in this paper. Firstly, the unique structure of spherical aerial vehicle is presented in detail. And then as the key component of the spherical aerial vehicle, the meshed spherical shell is analyzed. The shell is made of carbon fiber and is used to protect the inner devices, so the deformation of the shell is analyzed and simulated. Then the experimental results verify the above analysis and the composite carbon fiber material makes the mesh spherical shell small deformation. Considering the whole vehicle has a shell outside, the lift affect of the meshed spherical shell is analyzed. The simulation and experiment results are basically consistent with theoretical analysis, and the impact of the meshed shell has small resistance for the airflow through the sphere.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 June 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9085, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications VII, 90850A (19 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050755
Show Author Affiliations
Kang Hou, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Hanxu Sun, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Qingxuan Jia, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Yanheng Zhang, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9085:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications VII
Khanh D. Pham; Joseph L. Cox, Editor(s)

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