31th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences

01 - Aircraft Design and Integrated Systems

DEVELOPMENT AND PERFORMANCE COMPARISON OF OPTIMIZED ELECTRIC FIXED-WING VTOL UAV CONFIGURATIONS

P. Stahl╣, T. Seren╣, C. R÷▀ler╣, M. Hornung╣; ╣Technical University of Munich, Germany

Fixed-wing VTOL UAV are unmanned aerial vehicles capable of both hover and efficient fast forward flight. The many existing types of fixed-wing VTOL aircraft raise the question which of these configurations is best suited for a certain mission. Therefore, an aircraft design and mission analysis tool was implemented and used to optimize every investigated configuration for the reference mission. Besides widely used fixed-wing VTOL configurations also self-developed ones are presented and included. As a test case, a comparison was performed for fixed-wing VTOL UAV in the 5 kg class. The cruise endurance ranges from 50 to 71 min among the investigated configurations.


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