Faculty Advisor

Demetriou, Michael A.

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J

Abstract

This report covers the design, analysis, manufacturing, and testing of an autonomous quad-rotor helicopter. A control system was designed and implemented through the use of an onboard microprocessor and inertial measurement system. The goal of the helicopter was to maintain a hover at a user-defined altitude while minimizing lateral drift. In addition to achieving autonomous flight, the helicopter attained a 10% weight reduction from an earlier quad-rotor design and which led to an increased flight time.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2009

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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