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Title: Rapid prototyping flight test environment for autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles
Authors: Liu, Cunjia
Clarke, Jonathan H.A.
Chen, Wen-Hua
Andrews, J.D.
Keywords: Unmanned aerial vehicles
Autonomous UAVs
Flight control
Flight testing
Rapid prototyping
System integration
UAV navigation
Numerical simulation
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
DOI: 10.1504/IJMIC.2011.039699
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/11203
Publisher Link: http://inderscience.metapress.com/content/u088807400671504/
ISSN: 1746-6172
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering)

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