Flight Control of Unmanned Rotorcrafts for Enhanced Situational Awareness


Igor Astrov, PhD
Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Series: Robotics Research and Technology, Defense, Security and Strategies
BISAC: TEC002000

The need for highly reliable and stable maneuvers for unmanned rotorcrafts (URs) class of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) has increased morbidly for critical situations in real-time search-and-rescue operations for fast situational awareness (SA). A rotorcraft is a heavier-than-air flying machine that obtains its lift from rotors. SA is simply being aware of what is going on around you. This book provides basic approaches for the modeling and simulation of control systems on the basis of equations of motion for various types of models of rotorcrafts (miniature helicopter, intermediate helicopter, coaxial rotor/ducted fan mini-UAV, trirotor mini-UAV, vectored thrust mini-UAV, quadrotor mini-UAV, X4-flyer mini-UAV, eight-rotor mini-UAV) with emphasis on the modeling and simulation of realistic dynamics for fast SA.

The effectiveness of the proposed research technique has been verified in field of flight simulation tests for chosen control models of the URs using software package Simulink. From the simulation results it can be seen that the UR models demonstrated an advantage in achieving good maneuverability in controlled flight during missions and good performance for fast stabilization of engines during maneuvers, consequently, fast SA with economy in energy of batteries can be asserted during missions, and the duration of missions can be longer. The principal audiences for this book are faculty members, practitioners, researchers, and graduate and postgraduate students. (Imprint: Novinka )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Flight Control of Miniature Helicopter (pp. 1-14)

Chapter 2 – Flight Control of an Intermediate Helicopter (pp. 15-20)

Chapter 3- Flight Control of Light Coaxial Rotor/Ducted Fan UAV (pp. 21-48)

Chapter 4 – Flight Control of Trirotor Mini-UAV (pp. 49-66)

Chapter 5 – Flight Control of Mini-VTAV (pp. 67-90)

Chapter 6 – Flight Control of Quadrotor Mini-UAV (pp. 91-106)

Chapter 7 – Flight Control of X4-Flyer Mini-UAV (pp. 107-124)

Chapter 8 – Flight Control of an Eight-Rotor Mini-UAV (pp. 125-144)


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