A small semi-autonomous rotary-wing Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV)

Scott D. Hanford, Lyle Norman Long, Joseph Francis Horn

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Abstract

Small radio controlled (R/C) rotary-wing UAVs have many potential military and civilian applications, but can be very difficult to fly. Small and lightweight sensors and computers can be used to implement a control system to make these vehicles easier to fly. To develop a control system for a small UAV, an 8-bit microcontroller has been interfaced with MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) gyroscopes, an R/C transmitter and receiver, and motor drivers. A single angular degree of freedom test bed lias been developed to test these electronics and successful pilot-in-the-loop PI control has been achieved for this test system. A quadrotor with a stability augmentation system that uses these electronics to control the vehicle has also been developed. The future goals of this research are to incorporate more sensors to increase the level of autonomy for UAV operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
Pages1539-1548
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventInfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Sep 26 2005Sep 29 2005

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
Volume3

Other

OtherInfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA
Period9/26/059/29/05

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Air
Electronic equipment
Control systems
Gyroscopes
Sensors
Microcontrollers
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
System stability
Transmitters

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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Hanford, S. D., Long, L. N., & Horn, J. F. (2005). A small semi-autonomous rotary-wing Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV). In Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration (pp. 1539-1548). (Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration; Vol. 3).
Hanford, Scott D. ; Long, Lyle Norman ; Horn, Joseph Francis. / A small semi-autonomous rotary-wing Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV). Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration. 2005. pp. 1539-1548 (Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration).
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Hanford SD, Long LN, Horn JF. A small semi-autonomous rotary-wing Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV). In Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration. 2005. p. 1539-1548. (Collection of Technical Papers - InfoTech at Aerospace: Advancing Contemporary Aerospace Technologies and Their Integration).