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Autonomous three-dimensional formation flight for a swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles

Bennet, Derek James and McInnes, Colin and Suzuki, Masayuki and Uchiyama, Kenji (2011) Autonomous three-dimensional formation flight for a swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 34 (6). pp. 1899-1908. ISSN 0731-5090

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the development of a new guidance algorithm for a formation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Using the new approach of bifurcating potential fields, it is shown that a formation of unmanned aerial vehicles can be successfully controlled such that verifiable autonomous patterns are achieved, with a simple parameter switch allowing for transitions between patterns. The key contribution that this paper presents is in the development of a new bounded bifurcating potential field that avoids saturating the vehicle actuators, which is essential for real or safety-critical applications. To demonstrate this, a guidance and control method is developed, based on a six-degreeof-freedom linearized aircraft model, showing that, in simulation, three-dimensional formation flight for a swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles can be achieved.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 36030
    Keywords: formation flying, swarm robotics, bifurcating potential fields, unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous patterns, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Control and Systems Engineering
    Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
    Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
    Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Technology and Innovation Centre > Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 11:27
    Last modified: 07 Jun 2014 00:20
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/36030

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