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Three-dimensional formation flight for UAV using bifurcating velocity field

Suzuki, Masayuki and Uchiyama, Kenji and Bennet, Derek James and McInnes, Colin (2011) Three-dimensional formation flight for UAV using bifurcating velocity field. Journal of the Japan Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, 59 (693). pp. 259-265.

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This paper attempts to design a guidance law using bifurcating potential fields and velocity field for a swarm of autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). We consider an autonomous flight system that can create different three-dimensional swarming patterns so as to guarantee obstacle and vehicle collision avoidance. The guidance law, which is derived from a steering and repulsive potential field, can express variable geometric patterns for a formation flight of UAVs. The system can transition between different formation patterns by way of a simple parameter change. We also describe the design method for potential field that is flexible enough to respond to a variety of UAV performance and mission. Numerical simulation is performed to verify the validity of the proposed guidance law.

Item type: Article
ID code: 36556
Keywords: UAV, formation flight, bifurcating velocity field, artificial potential functions, 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
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 15:17
Last modified: 21 May 2015 14:15
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