Sense and avoid technology developments at Queensland University of Technology

Mejias, Luis, Mcfadyen, Aaron, & Ford, Jason J. (2016) Sense and avoid technology developments at Queensland University of Technology. IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, 31(7), pp. 28-37.

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Abstract

Unmanned Aircraft, which are often referred as Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), are a crucial technology in the future growth of industry. The seamless integration will depend on many technological advancements, and Sense and Avoid is considered the pinnacle of these. This paper presents an overview of the most significant developments in Sense and Avoid conducted at Queensland University of Technology, Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation in recent years. Our motivation has been the development of an electro-optical approach suitable for small to medium unmanned aircraft having challenging size, power and weight constraints. As such, we have created a system consisting of two main functional elements including a detection module and a decision and control module. A number of functionalities within each module are demonstrated in simulations and real-world flight test using fixed-wing as well as rotary wing platforms. We provide a brief description of the outcomes of each of the development phases of this program.

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ID Code: 98125
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicle, sense and avoid, hidden Markov models, image-based visual servoing, see and avoid
DOI: 10.1109/MAES.2016.150157
ISSN: 0885-8985
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 2016 IEEE
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Deposited On: 15 Aug 2016 23:46
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2016 02:56

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