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Impact of Obstacle Sensor Choice on Preliminary Unmanned Helicopter Design, Sizing and Mission Performance in Obstacle Fields

Dittrich, Joerg S. and Adolf, Florian-Michael and Schopferer, Simon (2015) Impact of Obstacle Sensor Choice on Preliminary Unmanned Helicopter Design, Sizing and Mission Performance in Obstacle Fields. In: Proceedings of the 71st Annual Forum of the American Helicopter Society. AHS 71st Annual Forum, 03.-05. May 2015, Virginia Beach, VA, USA.

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Abstract

Through combining environmental sensing by the use of LIDAR, RADAR, stereo vision and other similar ranging sensors with automatic online flight path generation, unmanned helicopters gain the capability of automatic low-level flight in the presence of obstacles. Depending on sensor and planner choice, travel times will vary considerably for missions that includes low altitude flight segments in obstacle avoidance mode. The choice of sensors and necessary processing computers will also affect equipment weight and can adversely impact helicopter performance with respect to payload capability. For the purpose of preliminary helicopter design, the relationship between mission performance of a helicopter system in obstacle avoidance flight and resulting ideal helicopter size has not been looked at in the past. Therefore a simple helicopter preliminary sizing code for helicopters below 250 kg MTOW has been implemented and tuned through collecting size and weight data from similarly sized known helicopter configurations. A set of known, flight tested or simulated sensor suites has been selected and their performance in a reference helicopter mission has been simulated using a scenario which is based on the widely used Obstacle Field Navigation benchmark. Flight durations and velocities from these simulations are then used for preliminary vehicle sizing. For a reference mission, different resulting helicopter gross weights for each of the applied environment sensor types are presented and discussed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/101489/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Impact of Obstacle Sensor Choice on Preliminary Unmanned Helicopter Design, Sizing and Mission Performance in Obstacle Fields
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Dittrich, Joerg S.joerg.dittrich (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Adolf, Florian-Michaelflorian.adolf (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schopferer, Simonsimon.schopferer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:3 May 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the 71st Annual Forum of the American Helicopter Society
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:UAV, Helicopter, Sizing, Design
Event Title:AHS 71st Annual Forum
Event Location:Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:03.-05. May 2015
Organizer:American Helicopter Society International
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:rotorcraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L RR - Rotorcraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - The Smart Rotorcraft
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > Unmanned Aircraft
Deposited By: Dittrich, Jörg Steffen
Deposited On:04 Jan 2016 15:02
Last Modified:10 May 2016 23:40

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