ModLab UPenn the modular robotics laboratory at the university of pennsylvania

Archive for October, 2014
Underactuated Rotor for Simple Micro Air Vehicles
Underactuated Rotor for Simple Micro Air Vehicles

We extract thrust, roll, and pitch authority from a single propeller and single motor through an underactuated mechanism embedded in the rotor itself. This allows new types of conventionally-capable micro air vehicles now requiring only two motors. This contrasts with the servos and linkages of conventional helicopters or the four drive motors in quadrotors.