Multicopter aircrafts have become popular platforms for researching flight control and aerial image processing applications. These crafts could gain unique utility from the ability to fly to remote locations, land, then walk to perform close quarters inspection of the area. This thesis presents a novel hexapod-quadcopter design with multicopter flight hardware directly embedded in the hexapod legs. The robot was assembled from custom designed 3D printed structural components. Software was developed for the walking and flying locomotion methods as well as transitional procedures necessary to switch between these two modes. The robot functionality was tested and validated to work on the platform.
Microelectronic Engineering (MS)
Department, Program, or Center
Microelectronic Engineering (KGCOE)
Pitonyak, Mark C., "A Novel Hexapod Robot Design with Flight Capability" (2017). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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