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A Helium-Based, Affordable Robotic Airship

The New Dexterity Low-Cost Robotic Airship for Education and Research

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Miniature indoor robotic airship platforms offer high mobility, safety, and extended flight
times. This project focuses on the feasibility, design, development, and evaluation of such a platform for robotics education and research.

Selected commercially available envelope materials are considered and tested in terms of their helium retention capability and mechanical properties. The obtained envelope properties are used in a feasibility study, demonstrating that indoor airships are environmentally and financially viable, given an appropriate material choice.

The platform’s mechanical design is studied in terms of gondola placement and rotor angle positioning, resulting in an unconventional, asymmetric arrangement. The developed system is experimentally validated, proving its efficiency in executing complex maneuvers.

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