Development of a meso-scale cycloidal-rotor aircraft for micro air vehicle application Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper describes the design, controls system development, and hover testing of a 60-g meso-scale cycloidal-rotor based (cyclocopter) micro air vehicle. The cycloidal rotor (cyclorotor) is a revolutionary vertical take-off and landing concept with a horizontal axis of rotation. The twin-cyclocopter utilizes two optimized cyclorotors and a horizontal tail rotor used to counteract the pitching moment generated by the cyclorotors. An innovative light-weight and high strength-to-weight ratio blade design significantly reduced cyclorotor weight and improved aerodynamic efficiency. In addition, increasing the virtual camber and incidence (by increasing chord-to-radius ratio) and using a symmetric pitching schedule with a maximum45 pitching amplitude also improved rotor efficiency. Due to gyroscopic coupling and inherent instability of the cyclocopter, a closed-loop feedback control system was implemented using a custom autopilot weighing 1.5g. The 60-g meso-scale twin-cyclocopter successfully demonstrated stable, sustained hover.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles

author list (cited authors)

  • Shrestha, E., Yeo, D., Benedict, M., & Chopra, I.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Shrestha, Elena||Yeo, Derrick||Benedict, Moble||Chopra, Inderjit

publication date

  • January 1, 2017 11:11 AM