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|Title: ||Rapid prototyping flight test environment for autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles|
|Authors: ||Liu, Cunjia|
Clarke, Jonathan H.A.
|Keywords: ||Unmanned aerial vehicles|
|Issue Date: ||2011|
|Publisher: ||© Inderscience Enterprises|
|Citation: ||LIU, C. ... et al, 2011. Rapid prototyping flight test environment for autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control, 12 (3), pp. 200 - 209|
|Abstract: ||Test facility is essential for most engineering research activities, from modelling and identification to verification of algorithms/methods and final demonstration. It is well known that flight tests for aerospace vehicles are expensive and quite risky. To overcome this, this paper describes a rapid prototyping platform for autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) developed at Loughborough University, where a number of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles can perform various flight and other missions under computer control. Flexibility, maintainability and low expenses are assured by a proper choice of vehicles, sensors and system architecture. Among many other technical challenges, precision navigation of the unmanned vehicles and system integrations of commercial-off-the-shelf components from different vendors with different operational environments are discussed in detail. Matlab/Simulink based software development environment provides a seamless rapid prototyping platform from concept and theoretic developments to numerical simulation and finally flight tests. Finally, two scenarios performed by this test facility are presented to illustrate its capability.|
|Description: ||This article was published in the serial, International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control [© Inderscience Enterprises]. The definitive version is available at: http://inderscience.metapress.com/content/u088807400671504/|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://inderscience.metapress.com/content/u088807400671504/|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering)|
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