Design, development and flight testing of a twin-rotor cyclocopter micro air vehicle Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper describes the systematic design and development of a hover-capable cyclocopter/cyclogyro, which is a 100 year old VTOL concept that was very popular during the early 20th century. The cyclocopter is an aircraft which utilizes cycloidal-rotors (cyclorotors), a revolutionary horizontal axis propulsion concept that appears to be aerodynamically more efficient than a conventional rotor. Another key advantage of the cyclorotor is its thrust vectoring capability, which is utilized in the present study for attitude control. The present vehicle has a twin-cyclorotor and a horizontal tail rotor configuration where each of the rotors is powered using independent motors. A novel attitude control technique is developed using differential rpm control and thrust vectoring of the cyclorotors for rolling and yawing, and horizontal tail rotor for pitch control. Using this control strategy, for the first time in the history, the stable flight of a cyclocopter was demonstrated. Copyright 2011 by the American Helicopter Society International, Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Annual Forum Proceedings - AHS International

author list (cited authors)

  • Benedict, M., Gupta, R., & Chopra, I.

complete list of authors

  • Benedict, M||Gupta, R||Chopra, I

publication date

  • July 2011