The Dynamic Transition of a Vertical Take-Off and Landing Drone

Luis Carlos Calvo Jr, University of Texas at El Paso


Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are small pilotless aircrafts that are remotely controlled through a ground control station. They have increased in popularity because of their applications and the advantages that each UAV can provide based on their need. There are many types of UAVs, but this study focuses on a type of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) UAV that is known as the Albatross UAV. This UAV was manufactured by a company known as Applied Aeronautics, and configurations were made to change the fixed-wing (FW) UAV to a VTOL UAV. This study was done to find methodologies to simulate different dynamic transitions of the Albatross UAV from hover to FW flight and from FW flight back to hover using MATLAB. Those simulations were then used to compare the transitions done from the Dronecode flight control software. Speed, efficiency, and altitude gain/loss will be compared from these transitions.

Subject Area

Mechanical engineering

Recommended Citation

Calvo Jr, Luis Carlos, "The Dynamic Transition of a Vertical Take-Off and Landing Drone" (2020). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI28261653.