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Architecture and Systems Design of a Reusable Martian Twin Rotor Tailsitter

Forshaw, JL and Lappas, VJ (2012) Architecture and Systems Design of a Reusable Martian Twin Rotor Tailsitter Acta Astronautica, 80. pp. 166-180.

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A rapidly developing field is that of tailsitters, aircraft capable of transitioning between horizontal and vertical flight, a premise that supports a diverse range of applications. Tailsitters can effortlessly land and hover at will, yet can also move at high speed between destinations making them ideal in undertaking 'multiple missions to land at multiple destinations far apart'. This paper considers how the concept of twin helicopter rotor tailsitters, such as QinetiQs Eye-On , can be adapted for use in a Martian environment. The mission architecture and system requirements for both reusable and single-use tailsitters are considered and 12 disparate subsystems or fields (including propulsion, power and aerodynamics) are designed using a high-level systems approach. The resulting tailsitter is capable of covering 100km and 450km in reusable and single-use architectures respectively. A docking station is also designed utilising a four stage process for deployment of the tailsitter. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
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Date : November 2012
DOI : 10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.05.008
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:34
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 22:29

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