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The challenge of controlling a small Mars exploration plane
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Paper Abstract

A Mars airplane has been in development. This airplane requires lightweight and powerful actuators to fly in the rare Martian atmosphere. A dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) is a possible candidate for the actuator controlling the airplane since it has high power, and high efficiency. A structural model of a wing having a control surface, a DEA, and a linkage was built and a wind tunnel test of a control surface actuation using a DE actuator was carried out. It is feasible to use the DEA for controlling the Mars airplane under wind speeds of 65m/s in the Martian atmosphere.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2020
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 11375, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXII, 1137506 (22 April 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2551042
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Seiki Chiba, Chiba Institute Science (Japan)
Mikio Waki, Wits Inc. (Japan)
Kojo Fujita, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)
Koji Ono, Aisin AW Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Yoshihiro Takikawa, Aisin AW Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Ryu Hatano, Aisin AW Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Yoshihiro Tanigawa, Aisin AW Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Shoma Tanaka, Aisin AW Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11375:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXII
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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