Development of an autonomous helicopter for aerial powerline inspections

Hrabar, Stefan, Merz, Torsten, & Frousheger, Dennis (2010) Development of an autonomous helicopter for aerial powerline inspections. In Montambault, Serge (Ed.) Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Applied Robotics for the Power Industry, IEEE Xplore, Delta Centre, Montreal, pp. 1-6.

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Autonomous mini-helicopters have been seen as a viable option for aerial-based powerline inspections, however there are numerous research and engineering challenges in developing a system capable of achieving this task in a dependable manner. We have developed an autonomous helicopter as a research platform which will allow us to demonstrate proof-of-concept capabilities for powerline inspections. Through numerous development cycles and from flight test experience we have gained insights into the key challenges in this area. We discuss these insights, describe the helicopter platform and present our research progress in the area of obstacle avoidance for mini-helicopters.

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ID Code: 40822
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: UAV, Autonomous Helicopter, Powerline Inspection, Obstacle Avoidance
DOI: 10.1109/CARPI.2010.5624432
ISBN: 9781424466351
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 IEEE
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2011 23:23
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:10

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