|Description:||Unmanned aerial vehicles have found their use in a variety of applications. They are fast, agile, can traverse over objects, and therefore are not bound by the type of terrain in the field of operation. At the same time, they are highly energy inefficient, limiting their flight time and, therefore, the duration of their operation. On the other hand, ground vehicles are more durable and can function for a considerably longer time, but suffer from dependence on the structure of the environment which can affect their mobility and trajectory, sometimes negatively, increasing the time required to complete a task.
Our goal is to make an unnamed vehicle than can smoothly transfer between land and aerial mode of movement, thus getting us the best of both worlds. We also aim to make the aerial mode actuated, bringing in the advantages of actuated drones. The project aims to design such a vehicle and validate it in simulations. Further, it’ll be manufactured to be tested in the field with our MRS UAV system acting as the controller for the aerial mode and a custom controller for the land traversing mode.