Extending endurance of multicopters: The current state-of-the-art

Marc E. Lussier, Carrick Detweiler, Justin Bradley

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4 Scopus citations


This paper presents a detailed analysis on the viability of using alternate power methods for small multicopter Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). Recently, fuel and solar cells have been successfully used to power autonomous winged UAVs for a wide range of applications, but alternate power supplies in multicopters have been much less explored due to increased power requirements compared with their winged counterparts. In this paper we discuss the theory and barriers to this technology along with ways multicopter UAV endurance can be theoretically increased by more than 50% using solar and fuel cells and how future advancements will quickly improve upon these numbers by more than 60% in the coming years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105784
StatePublished - 2019
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 7 2019Jan 11 2019

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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