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Controlled emergency landing of an unpowered unmanned aerial system

Mejias, Luis & Eng, Pillar C. (2012) Controlled emergency landing of an unpowered unmanned aerial system. Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems.

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Abstract

The ability to perform autonomous emergency (forced) landings is one of the key technology enablers identified for UAS. This paper presents the flight test results of forced landings involving a UAS, in a controlled environment, and which was conducted to ascertain the performances of previously developed (and published) path planning and guidance algorithms. These novel 3-D nonlinear algorithms have been designed to control the vehicle in both the lateral and longitudinal planes of motion. These algorithms have hitherto been verified in simulation. A modified Boomerang 60 RC aircraft is used as the flight test platform, with associated onboard and ground support equipment sourced Off-the-Shelf or developed in-house at the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA). HITL simulations were conducted prior to the flight tests and displayed good landing performance, however, due to certain identified interfacing errors, the flight results differed from that obtained in simulation. This paper details the lessons learnt and presents a plausible solution for the way forward.

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ID Code: 53517
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: UAS Forced Landing, UAS Path Planning, Flight Control
DOI: 10.1007/s10846-012-9767-5
ISSN: 1573-0409
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100)
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
Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2012 09:24
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2012 22:42

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