An open-source watertight unmanned aerial vehicle for water quality monitoring

Paulo Rodrigues, Francisco Marques, Eduardo Pinto, Ricardo Pombeiro, André Lourenço, Ricardo Mendonça, Pedro Santana, Jose Barata

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This paper presents an open-source watertight multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capable of vertical take-off and landing on both solid terrain and water for environmental monitoring. The UAV's propulsion system has been designed so as to also enable the active control of the UAV's drift along the water surface. This low power locomotion method, novel to such a vehicle, aims to extend the available operation time on water bodies' surveys. The ability to take-off from water allows the UAV to overcome any obstruction that appears on its path, such as a dam. A set of field trials show the UAV's water-tightness, its take-off and landing capabilities in both land and water, and also the ability to actively control its on-surface drifting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS 2015 - MTS/IEEE Washington
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
ISBN (Electronic)978-093395743-5
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2016
EventMTS/IEEE Washington, OCEANS 2015 - Washington, United States
Duration: 19 Oct 201522 Oct 2015

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0197-7385


ConferenceMTS/IEEE Washington, OCEANS 2015
CountryUnited States


  • Aircraft control


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