Development of a long endurance VTOL UAS platform for search and rescue missions

Rachel Axten, Venkatakrishnan V. Iyer, Vidullan Surendran, Vítor T. Valente, Eric N. Johnson

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Abstract

The Penn State Autonomous Robotics Competition Club has developed a platform tailored for use in Search and Rescue missions to support first responders. The key design drivers included the capacity to carry a 10 lb LTE system to extend coverage for first responders on the ground, capability for long endurance flights, cost effectiveness, and ease of setup and operation for a solo operator. A coaxial octocopter with a hybrid power configuration was designed, verified in simulation, and flight tested. With an estimated operational endurance of over 3 hours and high levels of autonomy including obstacle avoidance and object detection, the proposed solution provides a versatile configuration capable of numerous applications including emergency operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication77th Annual Vertical Flight Society Forum and Technology Display, FORUM 2021
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Vertical Flight
PublisherVertical Flight Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781713830016
StatePublished - 2021
Event77th Annual Vertical Flight Society Forum and Technology Display: The Future of Vertical Flight, FORUM 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: May 10 2021May 14 2021

Publication series

Name77th Annual Vertical Flight Society Forum and Technology Display, FORUM 2021: The Future of Vertical Flight

Conference

Conference77th Annual Vertical Flight Society Forum and Technology Display: The Future of Vertical Flight, FORUM 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period5/10/215/14/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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