Experimentally flight performances comparison of octocopter, decacopter and dodecacopter using universal UAV
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This study presents a comparative analysis of different unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) configurations using a proposed universal UAV. The octocopter, decacopter, and dodecacopter were experimentally evaluated through point tracking flight performances and vibration level analyses. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to conduct a comparative analysis of these configurations on the same platform. Our findings indicate that the dodecacopter exhibited the best overall performance, whereas the decacopter showed the lowest roll angle error. Notably, the implemented decacopter exhibited the highest pitch angle error and north position error due to its asymmetric rotor placement in the pitch axis. We observed that the octocopter demonstrated the best vibrationless flight performance, while increasing vibration magnitude was observed with an increase in the number of rotors.