A spatial collision avoidance strategy for UAVs in a non-cooperative environment

Yang, Xilin, Mejias, Luis, & Bruggemann, Troy S. (2012) A spatial collision avoidance strategy for UAVs in a non-cooperative environment. In Digital Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS'12), Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. (In Press)


This paper presents a feasible spatial collision avoidance approach for fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The proposed strategy aims to achieve the desired relative bearing in the horizontal plane and relative elevation in the vertical plane so that the host aircraft is able to avoid collision with the intruder aircraft in 3D. The host aircraft will follow a desired trajectory in the collision avoidance course and resume the pre-arranged trajectory after collision is avoided. The approaching stopping condition is determined for the host aircraft to trigger an evasion maneuver to avoid collision in terms of measured heading. A switching controller is designed to achieve the spatial collision avoidance strategy. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed approach can effectively avoid spatial collision, making it suitable for integration into flight control systems of UAVs.

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ID Code: 50716
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Collision Avoidance, UAS, UAV, sense and avoid
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Aircraft Performance and Flight Control Systems (090104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Control Systems Robotics and Automation (090602)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 03 Jun 2012 23:28
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 18:23

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