A Simple Landing Gear Simulation Model for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

  • Péter Bauer

    Institute for Computer Science and Control, Hungarian Academy of Sciences


This paper deals with the simple but realisticsimulation of the landing gear ofsmall unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Themain goal is to have simulation environments(software-in-the-loop (SIL) and hardware-inthe-loop (HIL)) applicable in the testing offlight control and estimation algorithms fromtake-off to landing. Small UAVs without gearbraking are considered so it is mandatory todescribe the stopping of aircraft purely withthe frictional forces. The developed modelis capable to simulate aircraft motion fromaircraft resting on the ground through takeoffand landing until aircraft rests again onground. The parameters of the model aretuned experimentally for a specified smallUAV. Finally, SIL simulation results are published.
Keywords: Landing gear, unmanned aerial vehicle simulation, simple model, from take-off to landing
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How to Cite
Bauer, P. (2014) “A Simple Landing Gear Simulation Model for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”, Periodica Polytechnica Transportation Engineering, 42(1), pp. 11-18. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPtr.7062