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Performance Exploration of Vertical Payload Lifting Using a Single Circling Tethered Fixed-Wing Aircraft

Maxime Doguet, Mathieu Bouchard, David Rancourt, University de Sherbrooke

https://doi.org/10.4050/F-0079-2023-17967

Abstract:
Since the beginning of the 2000s, concepts for transporting payload with multiple tethered aircraft have been proposed to balance the lateral loads on a stationary payload. An alternative, initially developed in the 1940s considered a single aircraft and long tether to minimize the lateral motion of the payload during the circling motion of the aircraft in hover. To shorten the tether and reduce the drag losses associated, a concept with a single aircraft and an active stabilization system on the payload is proposed. This paper demonstrates that a single Pipistrel Sinus can vertically lift a stabilized underslung payload of 660 lb (300 kg) at 6,000 ft (1,800 m) under temperature conditions of 95 deg F (35 deg C) with less than 47 hp (35 kW) and a reduction of 70% of the tether length compared to a non-stabilized payload.


Performance Exploration of Vertical Payload Lifting Using a Single Circling Tethered Fixed-Wing Aircraft

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  • SKU # : F-0079-2023-17967
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Performance Exploration of Vertical Payload Lifting Using a Single Circling Tethered Fixed-Wing Aircraft

Authors / Details:
Maxime Doguet, Mathieu Bouchard, David Rancourt, University de Sherbrooke