ICUAS'17 Paper Abstract


Paper ThA1.3

Kreciglowa, Nadia (University of Pennsylvania), Karydis, Konstantinos (University of Pennsylvania), Kumar, Vijay (University of Pennsylvania)

Energy Efficiency of Trajectory Generation Methods for Stop-And-Go Aerial Robot Navigation

Scheduled for presentation during the "Micro- and Mini- UAS - I" (ThA1), Thursday, June 15, 2017, 10:40−11:00, Salon E

2017 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, June 13-16, 2017, Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, Miami, FL,

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on April 12, 2021

Keywords Energy Efficient UAS, Micro- and Mini- UAS, Path Planning


The paper reports on the energy consumption of smooth trajectories for stop-and-go navigation of aerial robots. We consider a decimeter-scale quadrotor tasked to travel on straight line, constant height trajectories from an initial hover configuration to another hover configuration. We investigate three prominent types of smooth trajectories (minimum acceleration, minimum jerk and minimum snap), and evaluate their energetic efficiency through the total energy consumption. The energy consumed by each trajectory type is determined via aerodynamics-based expressions for power consumption of rotorcraft. We extensively test in simulation trajectories of varying length, and designed with varying desired maximum velocities and accelerations. Several representative cases are also tested and validated experimentally.



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