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Simulating Quadrotor Dynamics Using Imported CAD Data

By Ryan F. Gordon, Preethi Kumar, and Richard Ruff, MathWorks

Low-cost hardware platforms enable students, hobbyists, and research engineers to design and fly custom quadrotors on a limited budget. Modeling and simulation can improve the flight characteristics of the vehicle and enable more complex control designs. Common aerospace system design patterns can be applied to the quadrotor design to improve the development process. This paper describes the start of the design and development process using Model-Based Design with MATLAB and Simulink in the transition from CAD data to a full dynamic model.

This paper was presented at the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies (MST) conference.

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Published 2013

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