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Power and weight considerations in small, agile quadrotors
Author(s): Yash Mulgaonkar; Michael Whitzer; Brian Morgan; Christopher M. Kroninger; Aaron M. Harrington; Vijay Kumar
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Paper Abstract

The development of autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) is significantly constrained by their size, weight and power consumption. In this paper, we explore the energetics of quadrotor platforms and study the scaling of mass, inertia, lift and drag with their characteristic length. The effects of length scale on masses and inertias associated with various components are also investigated. Additionally, a study of Lithium Polymer battery performance is presented in terms of specific power and specific energy. Finally, we describe the power and energy consumption for different quadrotors and explore the dependence on size and mass for static hover tests as well as representative maneuvers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2014
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9083, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VI, 90831Q (4 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2051112
Show Author Affiliations
Yash Mulgaonkar, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Michael Whitzer, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Brian Morgan, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher M. Kroninger, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Aaron M. Harrington, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Vijay Kumar, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9083:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VI
Thomas George; M. Saif Islam; Achyut K. Dutta, Editor(s)

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