Autonomous navigation of an unmanned air vehicle towards a moving ship

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Abstract

This paper deals with the problem of autonomous navigation of an unmanned air vehicle towards a moving ship. The ship is moving in the horizontal plane; however, its motion is not a priori known to the air vehicle. The control laws for the flight path angle and the heading angle of the air vehicle are based on the relative kinematics equations between the vehicle and the moving ship. The goal of the control law is to drive the vertical line of sight angle to zero, while the horizontal line of sight angle tracks the heading angle of the ship. This results in a decreasing range in both the horizontal and vertical planes. The kinematics equations under the control law are derived and our results are rigorously proven. Simulation of various scenarios is carried out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-379
Number of pages19
JournalAdvanced Robotics
Volume22
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications

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