Towards a Double Hybrid VTOL UAV System

  • Alysson Lucena UFRN
  • Luiz Gonçalves UFRN


We draw complete efforts towards the development of a double hybrid tailsitter UAV system, which is basically composed of a multirotor with 2 electric powertrain sets and a flying wing with combustion powertrain set. Our goal is to design a UAV that diminishes consumption for vertically taking off and landing and to perform the horizontal flight with greatest possible autonomy on flight time and distance. Considering these requirements, the UAV is conceptualized and built as a flying wing propelled by a pusher configuration powerplant, with combustion engine propeller, a multi-engine composed of two powerplant sets with electric motors and propellers, positioned on the leading edge of the wing, and two standard elevation control surfaces and two vertical stabilizers that also have the support function for takeoff and landing. Several takeoff, flight, and transition tests were carried out successfully, but autonomy (time and distance) tests due to the COVID19 pandemic. Results show versatility of the hybrid tailsitter for operations in the flight field, in a limited location. The built prototype has proven to be functional and the hybrid system effective, to date.
Palavras-chave: Combustion, Electric motors, Engines, Mechanical power transmission, Propellers, Unmanned aerial vehicles, Hybrid power systems
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LUCENA, Alysson; GONÇALVES, Luiz. Towards a Double Hybrid VTOL UAV System. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE ROBÓTICA E SIMPÓSIO LATINO AMERICANO DE ROBÓTICA (SBR/LARS), 17. , 2020, Natal. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2020 . p. 317-322.