A concurrent testing process for research unmanned aerial vehicles

Eric N. Johnson, Nimrod Rooz, Jeong Hur, Wayne Pickell

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Abstract

For more then a decade the UAV lab at Georgia Tech has been developing technologies for guidance, navigation and control of UAVs. From the early years of flying the Army Autonomous Scout Rotorcraft Testbed (ASRT) to the current Yamaha R-Max unmanned helicopter in multi-UAV flight tests, the UAV lab has gained much experience in flight testing of new technologies, and through this experience has devised procedures and tools to ensure that these flight tests are productive and carried out with stringent safety measures. Specifically, the software tools developed in the lab allow researchers to run software in the loop (SITL) and hardware in the loop (HITL) tests on their work that simulate the actual flight of the vehicle being flown to a very high degree of accuracy. SITL tests are used for initial verification of new algorithms, later HITL tests verify communication and functionality of all hardware components prior to flight. This paper gives an overview of the systems used in the lab and the procedures that lead up to flight testing the algorithms developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 25th AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Pages723-733
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)1563478110, 9781563478116
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event25th AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 5 2006Jun 8 2006

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - 25th AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference
Volume2

Other

Other25th AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period6/5/066/8/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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    Johnson, E. N., Rooz, N., Hur, J., & Pickell, W. (2006). A concurrent testing process for research unmanned aerial vehicles. In Collection of Technical Papers - 25th AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference (pp. 723-733). (Collection of Technical Papers - 25th AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference; Vol. 2). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2006-3310