4 June 2014 Power and weight considerations in small, agile quadrotors
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The development of autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) is significantly constrained by their size, weight and power consumption. In this paper, we explore the energetics of quadrotor platforms and study the scaling of mass, inertia, lift and drag with their characteristic length. The effects of length scale on masses and inertias associated with various components are also investigated. Additionally, a study of Lithium Polymer battery performance is presented in terms of specific power and specific energy. Finally, we describe the power and energy consumption for different quadrotors and explore the dependence on size and mass for static hover tests as well as representative maneuvers.
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Yash Mulgaonkar, Michael Whitzer, Brian Morgan, Christopher M. Kroninger, Aaron M. Harrington, Vijay Kumar, "Power and weight considerations in small, agile quadrotors", Proc. SPIE 9083, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VI, 90831Q (4 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2051112; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2051112
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