JRM Vol.28 No.3 pp. 314-319
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2016.p0314

Development Report:

Trial Production of Vertical Take-Off and Landing Aircraft Based on Tricopter

Kiyoteru Hayama* and Hiroki Irie**

*National Institute of Technology, Kumamoto College, Kumamoto Campus
2659-2 Suya, Koshi, Kumamoto 861-1102, Japan

**National Institute of Technology, Kumamoto College, Yatsushiro Campus
2627 Hirayamashin-machi, Yatsushiro, Kumamoto 866-0074, Japan

August 19, 2015
May 14, 2016
June 20, 2016
UAV, VTOL, tricopter, tail sitter, flying robot
Prototype of proposed aircraft

Prototype of proposed aircraft

Trial production has begun on tricopter-based new-concept vertical take-off and landing aircraft (VTOL). The VTOL features three fixed-angle motors on a reversed-T shape body and a fixed wing with an elevon and a rudder. The proposed craft uses fewer components than quadcopter-based VTOL craft. Continuous transition from rotorcraft to fixed-wing craft is completed with the craft’s 90° tilt.
Cite this article as:
K. Hayama and H. Irie, “Trial Production of Vertical Take-Off and Landing Aircraft Based on Tricopter,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.28 No.3, pp. 314-319, 2016.
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