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Optimal Autonomous Quadrotor Navigation in an Obstructed Space

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This paper shows an ambitious methodology of autonomous navigation for multirotor UAVs in obstructed environments. The following strategy was formulated to ensure to ultirotor vehicles the capability to produce autonomously quasi-optimal and safe trajectories, although generally they have at their disposal limited computational resources on board. The problem is formuled in a model predictive control (MPC) architecture in which motion planning and trajectory tracking processes are solved separately like they were stored in two different devices. The first one uses a spline-based motion planning approach to generate smooth and safe trajectories. At this step also a multicopter’s simplified dynamic model and environment information are taken in account. The second one uses trajectory inputs (total thrust and attitude angle rates) to steer the multicopter during the flight. Both adequate time horizon and update frequency are chosen in order to take in account disturbances and dynamics model mismatch. The following methodology will be validated with simulations and future work include experimental tests in outdoor environement.
Book: Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Research, Education and Development on Unmanned Aerial Systems
Pages: 19 - 24
Publication year:2017
Authors from:Higher Education