Aerial Cargo Robot (Cargo UAV)

Kakuya Iwata*, Osamu Matsumoto

*Corresponding author for this work

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Safety is the most important factor in the civil use of aerial robots. Research on aerial cargo robots, also known as cargo unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) started in 2004. The first ACR prototype flight was made on November 22, 2005. The ACR prototype consists of a flexible airfoil, twin microturbojet engines and a gravity center (GC) controller. The ACR meets the following four safety requirements: (i) touchabil-ity, i.e., without propellers or rotors, (ii) the low sink rate of a parachute, i.e., below 1.0 m/s, (iii) low stall speed, i.e., <30 km/h, (iv) a redundancy arrangement control. The most important safety specification of all is infallibility in ACR service applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-395
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Robotics and Mechatronics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Aerial cargo robot (ACR)
  • Aerial robot
  • Cargo UAV
  • Silent turbojet engine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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