MARAAL: A Low Altitude Long Endurance Solar Powered UAV for Surveillance and Mapping Applications

Vijay Shankar Dwivedi, Jay Patrikar, Amulya Addamane, AK Ghosh
Published In the proceedings of 2018 23rd International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics, MMAR 2018, 2018



This paper constitutes the detailed design, fabrication and validation of MARAAL: A low altitude long endurance solar powered UAV to be operated day-night in subtropical region. The SUAV prototype fabricated at Unmanned Aerial Laboratory IIT Kanpur has a wing span of 5.35m, maximum endurance of 18 hours and a maximum 6kg payload capability. The conceptual design process with simulation results are shown along with a detailed description of the solar cell installation process. The paper also highlights the construction efforts and details of the hardware and onboard electronics including surveillance equipment.

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