Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Trainer

This VTOL trainer introduces students to the fundamentals of aerospace engineering, such as basic flight dynamics and control. The system consists of one variable-speed fan with safety guards, mounted on the end of a cantilevered arm. The fan and arm assembly pivot about an axis attached to an encoder shaft.

Control techniques studied:

  • Modeling of flight dynamics
  • Parametric system identification
  • Model validation
  • PID control
  • Cascade control
  • Dealing with actuator dynamics