Tensor field guidance for time-based waypoint arrival of UAVs by 4D trajectory generation

Degen, Shane C., Mejias, Luis, Ford, Jason J., & Walker, Rodney A. (2009) Tensor field guidance for time-based waypoint arrival of UAVs by 4D trajectory generation. In 2009 IEEE Aerospace Conference, March 7-14 2009, Big Sky, Montana, USA.

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This paper looks at incorporating time information into a waypoint trajectory-generation technique known as Vector Field Guidance to give a 4D trajectory generator henceforth known as Tensor Field Guidance. The time-based information is local in that it is relative from waypoint to waypoint. We envisage that a higher-level controller or an Air Traffic Management system automates the waypoint generation, while our approach optimizes the travel time between waypoints. We present results from simulations, showing an increase in accuracy of “Distance to go” estimates over traditional “as-the-crow-flies” yielding less error in time-based arrivals.

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ID Code: 17210
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: UAV, control, vector field, tensor filed, time-based, trajectory generation, path planning, 4D
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
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Deposited On: 02 Feb 2009 00:31
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