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Highly Autonomous UAV Mission Planning and Piloting for Civilian Airspace Operations

McManus, Iain A., Clothier, Reece A., & Walker, Rodney A. (2005) Highly Autonomous UAV Mission Planning and Piloting for Civilian Airspace Operations. In Eleventh Australian International Aerospace Congress, AIAC-11, First Australasian Unmanned Air Vehicles Conference, 13th March 2005, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

The last decade has seen a rapid increase in the development and deployment of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAVs). Previous UAVs have been capable of useful missions with a limited degree of on-board intelligence. However, more on-board intelligence is required to fully exploit the potential of UAVs. The objective of this research is to increase the on-board intelligence in two areas: mission planning; and mission piloting. Thereby improving the integration of a UAV into civilian airspace and reducing operator workload. This paper presents the research towards the development of the Intelligent Mission Planner and Pilot. The IMPP enables a UAV to autonomously plan and to perform missions within civilian airspace. The IMPP employs a novel multidisciplinary approach, exploiting robotics, 3D graphics and computer science techniques. Results are presented based upon testing using real world data from south-east Queensland. These results demonstrate the performance achieved by the mission planning and piloting algorithms.

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ID Code: 5383
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:35

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