Experience with highly automated unmanned aircraft performing complex missions

Nimrod Rooz, Eric Johnson, Allen Wu, Claus Christmann, Jin Cheol Ha, Girish Chowdhary, Sobers D. Mike, Suresh Kannan, Wayne Pickell, Henrik Christophersen, Allen Tannenbaum, Jehoon Lee, Jeong Hur, Scott Kimbrell, Hal Gates, Brendan Andrus, Alison Proctor

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Abstract

As the roles of UAVs in the aerospace arena increase, there is much interest in increasing their ability to operate autonomously without the need of operator intervention. The following paper describes the development and testing of an autonomous UAV system capable of completing complex surveillance missions. The system has to search for its target building in a predefined search area, find an entry point on the target building and finally enter the building to transmit images from within the building back to a ground control station, all without the interaction of a human operator. Such complex missions require development of algorithms from multiple disciplines such as image processing, target tracking and estimation, and GNC(Guidance, Navigation and Control) algorithms. Furthermore a sophisticated mission manager is required to synchronize the operation of the separate subsystems and that is capable of autonomously making operational decisions. This paper will present the development of these various algorithms and flight test results of the autonomous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2009Aug 13 2009

Publication series

NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period8/10/098/13/09

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Rooz, N., Johnson, E., Wu, A., Christmann, C., Ha, J. C., Chowdhary, G., Mike, S. D., Kannan, S., Pickell, W., Christophersen, H., Tannenbaum, A., Lee, J., Hur, J., Kimbrell, S., Gates, H., Andrus, B., & Proctor, A. (2009). Experience with highly automated unmanned aircraft performing complex missions. In AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit [2009-6157] (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit).