Flapping wings: stability & control

Flapping wings micro aerial vehicles (MAVs) use their wings to generate lift and thrust forces.

This mode of flight allows increased manoeuvrability, discreet operation, and greater potential for miniaturisation and small-scale efficiency gains - ideal for defence and conservation applications. 

This project aimed to improve the stability and control of an existing insect-mimicking flapping wings MAV. The MAV was previously designed and built based on the KUBeetle. To improve stability and control, modifications were made to the MAV’s design. 

The damaged wing film was replaced, and an onboard controller was added to permit autonomous control of the MAV. An additional servo and actuators were also added to complete the original design. The location of the centre of gravity was moved closer to the wings and flapping mechanism, improving longitudinal stability. A test rig was designed and built to develop and test attitude control and the MAV’s control responses.

Securing our future


Mechanical Engineering

Brandon Blake
Wanqiu Ding
Lillian Koifman
Natasha Parker

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