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Electronics 2019, 8(2), 208; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8020208

Motion Equations and Attitude Control in the Vertical Flight of a VTOL Bi-Rotor UAV

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Instituto Universitario de Automática e Informática Industrial, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Department of Control and Simulation (Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory), Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft, The Netherlands
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Received: 1 January 2019 / Revised: 4 February 2019 / Accepted: 7 February 2019 / Published: 12 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Autonomous Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
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This paper gathers the design and implementation of the control system that allows an unmanned Flying-wing to perform a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) maneuver using two tilting rotors (Bi-Rotor). Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) operating in this configuration are also categorized as Hybrid UAVs due to their ability of having a dual flight envelope: hovering like a multi-rotor and cruising like a traditional fixed-wing, providing the opportunity of facing complex missions in which these two different dynamics are required. This work exhibits the Bi-Rotor nonlinear dynamics, the attitude tracking controller design and also, the results obtained through Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) simulation and experimental studies that ensure the controller’s efficiency in hovering operation.
Keywords: tilt rotors; nonlinear dynamics; simulation; hardware-in-the-loop; vertical take off tilt rotors; nonlinear dynamics; simulation; hardware-in-the-loop; vertical take off
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Garcia-Nieto, S.; Velasco-Carrau, J.; Paredes-Valles, F.; Salcedo, J.V.; Simarro, R. Motion Equations and Attitude Control in the Vertical Flight of a VTOL Bi-Rotor UAV. Electronics 2019, 8, 208.

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