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Review of micro-autonomous vehicle sizing and power modeling
Author(s): Rudranarayan Mukherjee; Michael Heiges; Larry Matthies
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a discussion on sizing, weight and power of micro autonomous air and ground vehicles. While the air vehicles include both rotor and flapper based design, here the focus is on rotor based designs. The paper presents modeling methodologies for initial sizing of these vehicles and a survey of small COTS batteries. Some results from initial iterations on sizing vehicles and payloads are also presented. For air-vehicles, several factors have been identified in the sizing process, which can be adjusted in the search for a feasible design. These factors include the rotor figure of merit, the motor efficiency, and the battery specific energy. For ground vehicles, due to limited experimental data, three different ways for preliminary estimation of power requirements as a function of vehicle mass have been explored here. The sizing methodologies marry theoretical foundations with empirical observations and estimations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2010
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7679, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications II, 76790X (5 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.852633
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Rudranarayan Mukherjee, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Michael Heiges, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Larry Matthies, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7679:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications II
Thomas George; M. Saif Islam; Achyut Kumar Dutta, Editor(s)

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