Improved Design for Unmanned Aircraft Presented at International Conference

July 29, 2014

UAS paper

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Unmanned Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi broke Unmanned Aircraft Systems development barriers during the 2014 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) held May 27-30 by presenting innovative design plans.

Dr. Luis Rodolfo Garcia Carrillo, Director of the Unmanned Systems Laboratory, and two of his undergraduate students, Cristoph Hintz and Cody Torno, two Mechanical Engineering students, presented the paper titled, ‘Design and Dynamic Modeling of a Rotary Wing Aircraft with Morphing Capabilities,’ during ICUAS in Florida. Garcia Carrillo, Hintz, and Torno shared their research on improving the flying and maneuverability capabilities of rotary wing multi-rotorcraft. They saw the design barriers of the rotor-craft as a challenge and decided to make the aircraft better.

Hintz and Torno presented ideas that addressed engine failure by allowing the rotor-craft to fly horizontally as well as vertically. This allows the rotor-craft to access even smaller areas and continue to fly despite limited engine failure, thus providing  limitless research possibilities.

For his contributions Garcia Carrillo was named to the International Program Committee as a 2015 conference organizer. Next year’s International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems will be held in Denver, Colo., and will focus on integrating UAS into the national airspace.