Faculté des Sciences appliquées
Faculté des Sciences appliquées

Master thesis : RC Helicopter Control

Pirottin, Thomas ULiège
Promotor(s) : Redouté, Jean-Michel ULiège ; Greffe, Christophe
Date of defense : 27-Jun-2022/28-Jun-2022 • Permalink :
Title : Master thesis : RC Helicopter Control
Translated title : [fr] Controle d'un hélicopter radio commandé
Author : Pirottin, Thomas ULiège
Date of defense  : 27-Jun-2022/28-Jun-2022
Advisor(s) : Redouté, Jean-Michel ULiège
Greffe, Christophe 
Committee's member(s) : Frebel, Fabrice ULiège
Drion, Guillaume ULiège
Mormal, Geoffrey 
Language : English
Number of pages : 62
Keywords : [en] RC helicopter control
[en] ardupilot
[en] flight controller
[en] pixhawk 4 mini
[en] devil 380 control
Discipline(s) : Engineering, computing & technology > Civil engineering
Funders : ALX-System
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master : ingénieur civil électricien, à finalité spécialisée en "signal processing and intelligent robotics"
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté des Sciences appliquées


[en] Remote controlled helicopters (usually shortened to RC helicopters) are a specific type of rotary-wing drone.
Their main advantage relies on their better power efficiency and reactivity than traditional “multicopter” drones.
However, they are unstable in flight and their greater reactivity makes their control quite challenging. In this
master thesis, we will explore how to ease RC helicopter control, by adding a flight controller allowing any newcomer
to control the helicopter in a much simpler way.
We will explore the hardware and software required to add such a flight controller to an existing RC Helicopter
and will discuss our return of experience on adding a Pixhawk 4 mini flight controller running ArduPilot to the Devil
380 RC Helicopter.



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  • Pirottin, Thomas ULiège Université de Liège > Master ingé. civ. électr., à fin.


Committee's member(s)

  • Frebel, Fabrice ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Dép. d'électric., électron. et informat. (Inst.Montefiore) > Electronique de puissance
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  • Drion, Guillaume ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Dép. d'électric., électron. et informat. (Inst.Montefiore) > Systèmes et modélisation
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  • Mormal, Geoffrey
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