Presentation Title

Rollocopter: Preliminary Design of Autonomous Rolling Quadrotor, Application to Titan Exploration

Presenter Information

Roberto MendezFollow

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Reza Lakeh

Start Date

18-11-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 11:00 AM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 77

Session

Poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

Through this research, a novel mobility device is presented for efficient and safe solar system body surface exploration. In particular, application to exploration of Saturn's moon, Titan, is discussed. The conceptual device features architecture similar to that of a quadrotor, but also features an external cylindrical cage attached by a rod enabling the quadrotor to roll terrestrially. In addition, the external cage would feature mechanical spring bumpers that allow collision resilience while maintaining a rigid sub-frame. This quadrotor with an external cage configuration would attempt to lower the mission risk factor associated with autonomous exploration of a planetary/moon surface using aerial devices, while also allowing for significant power savings with the capability of terrestrial movement. This research focuses primarily on the mechanical design aspect of the concept, studying the dynamics and taking significant consideration into propeller design as well as cage structure to provide a realistic perspective for possible implementation to a mission to Titan.

Summary of research results to be presented

It was found that a propeller could be designed to work on Titan that is comparable to that of a standard propeller used on earth for a conventional quadrotor. Energy results were obtained. An overall mechanical design was obtained as well for cage structure. Equations of motion for the device were found as well and used for a simulation of the device movement.

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Rollocopter: Preliminary Design of Autonomous Rolling Quadrotor, Application to Titan Exploration

BSC-Ursa Minor 77

Through this research, a novel mobility device is presented for efficient and safe solar system body surface exploration. In particular, application to exploration of Saturn's moon, Titan, is discussed. The conceptual device features architecture similar to that of a quadrotor, but also features an external cylindrical cage attached by a rod enabling the quadrotor to roll terrestrially. In addition, the external cage would feature mechanical spring bumpers that allow collision resilience while maintaining a rigid sub-frame. This quadrotor with an external cage configuration would attempt to lower the mission risk factor associated with autonomous exploration of a planetary/moon surface using aerial devices, while also allowing for significant power savings with the capability of terrestrial movement. This research focuses primarily on the mechanical design aspect of the concept, studying the dynamics and taking significant consideration into propeller design as well as cage structure to provide a realistic perspective for possible implementation to a mission to Titan.