Design, Build and Test an Innovative Tail-Sitter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)  
Author Yiming Zhang


Co-Author(s) Weichen Xu; Guangyi Chen


Abstract The purpose of this paper is to reflect the study outcome of project “Design, Build and Test an Innovative Tail-Sitter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)”. The vehicle configuration and interior structure were designed and the 3D model was drawn by SolidWorks software. Electronic devices and materials were selected on basis of aircraft design. Mathematical models of vehicle including kinematic and dynamic equations were set up. The control parameters for flight controller were determined by comparing pole placement method with proportional–integral–derivative control method. The system responses in longitudinal direction were simulated using MATLAB/Simulink. The flight simulation was carried out by X-Plane system. The whole vehicle was manufactured and assembled and the outdoor flight test was implemented to verify the flight performance. Theoretically, these works achieved the goals of this project, i.e. to design, build and test a Tail-Sitter UAV. This paper will demonstrate the details of the works done stated above.


Keywords UAV, Tail-Sitter, Flight Control, Flight Simulation, Flight Test
    Article #:  23-301
Proceedings of the 23rd ISSAT International Conference on Reliability and Quality in Design
August 3-5, 2017 - Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.