ABSTRACT The main advantage of tail-sitter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are introduced. Three design solutions of rotor tail-sitter lift system of UAV have been presented and the respective control strategies and characteristics of three solutions are also analyzed in the paper, through the related experiments the design of twin-rotor lift system is verified, and its feasibility is proved. The characteristics and the applying background of the twin-rotor tail-sitter UAV are described in detail. Some useful conclusions of the lift system for tail-sitter UAV are obtained.
Cite this paper
D. Zhang, Z. Chen and J. Lv, "Lift System Design of Tail-Sitter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle," Intelligent Control and Automation, Vol. 3 No. 4, 2012, pp. 285-290. doi: 10.4236/ica.2012.34033.
 D. L. Kohlman, “Introduction to V/STOL Airplanes,” Iowa State University Press, 1981.
 H. Stone, “Aerodynamic Modelling of a Wing-in-Slipstream Tail-Sitter UAV,” 2002 Biennial International Powered Lift Conference and Exhibit, Williamsburg, 5-7 November 2002.
 M. A.?GokhanInalhan, “Design Methodology of a Hybrid Propulsion Driven Electric Powered Miniature Tailsitter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,” Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Vol. 57, 2010, pp. 505-529.
 J. Escareno, A. Sanchez, O. Garcia and R. Lozano, “Modeling and Global Control of the Longitudinal Dynamics of a Coaxial Convertible Mini-UAV in Hover Mode,” Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Vol. 54, 2009, pp. 261-273. doi:10.1007/s10846-008-9265-y
 J. Escareno, S. Salazar and R. Lozano, “Modelling and Control of a Convertible VTOL Aircraft,” Proceedings of the 45th IEEE Conference on Decision & Control, San Diego, 13-15 December 2006.
 J. Escareno, S. Salazar-Cruz and R. Lozano, “Embedded Control of a Four-Rotor UAV,” Proceedings of the 2006 American Control Conference, Minneapolis, 14-16 June 2006.
 R. H. Stone, “Control Architecture for a Tail-Sitter Unmanned Air Vehicle,” 5th Asian Control Conference, Melbourne, 20-23 July 2004.
 P. T. Millet, “Vision-Based Precision Landings of a Tailsitter UAV,” Master’s Thesis, Brigham Young University, 2010.