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International Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 9821401, 19 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/9821401
Research Article

Development of Dual Power Multirotor System

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan

Correspondence should be addressed to Thanakorn Supsukbaworn; moc.liamtoh@2486gnim

Received 20 February 2017; Revised 13 April 2017; Accepted 30 April 2017; Published 30 July 2017

Academic Editor: Paolo Tortora

Copyright © 2017 Chin E. Lin and Thanakorn Supsukbaworn. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft has good flight characteristics and system performance without runway. The multirotor system has been tried to expand into larger size for longer endurance or higher payload. But the motor power to endurance ratio has been limited. Due to the specific energy of gasoline being much higher than battery, introducing gasoline engine into multirotor system can be considered. This paper proposes a dual power multirotor system to combine a quadrotor using gasoline engines to provide major lift in shorter arm with another quadrotor using brushless DC motors to offer most controllable force with longer arm. System design, fabrication, and verification of the proposed dual power multirotor system development are presented. Preliminary flights have achieved 16 kg payload for long endurance flight. This is useful for various applications with advanced improvements.