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Simulation of a Fixed-wing UAV Forced Landing with Dynamic Path Planning

Eng, Pillar C. S., Mejias, Luis, Walker, Rodney A., & Fitzgerald, Daniel L. (2007) Simulation of a Fixed-wing UAV Forced Landing with Dynamic Path Planning. In Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, December, Brisbane, Australia.

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This paper describes the current status of a program to develop automated forced landing techniques for a fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The paper outlines two dynamic path planning algorithms that were developed based on processes used by human pilots in forced landings. To evaluate the performances of these algorithms, a simulation environment was created using a non-linear 6 degree-of-freedom aircraft model. The simulation also modelled prevailing wind conditions which are a major factor in the forced landing planning process. Results from Monte Carlo testing demonstrate that the second algorithm was able to land the UAV inside the designated landing area with a success rate of 52%. This is twice the success rate of the first algorithm. The results of the Monte Carlo tests will serve as a benchmark for further refinements to the second algorithm,such that it can be implemented in an autonomous UAV forced landing system .

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ID Code: 11235
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified (090199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Aircraft Performance and Flight Control Systems (090104)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult authors)
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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