Faculty Advisor

Cowlagi, Raghvendra V.

Faculty Advisor

Michalson, William R.

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2019

Major

Interdisciplinary

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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