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Vertical Take-off and Landing Autonomous Aircraft Design Public

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This project addresses the design, analysis, and and construction of an autonomous fixed-wing/rotorcraft hybrid aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing. Autonomy is addressed to enable obstacle avoidance, visual detection of a landing target area, and accurate landing. The designed aircraft consists of a ducted main rotor and two smaller tilt-rotors, and is based on a similar design from the literature. This report provides detailed analyses of the aircraft's aerodynamic and structural properties, dynamics and stability, propulsion, and power. The development of onboard autonomy using a 3D depth sensor is presented. Simulations of stabilizing controllers are presented. The construction of a prototype aircraft and its preliminary flight test results are reported.

  • This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
  • E-project-032119-131229
  • 2019
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  • 2019-03-21
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