ICUAS 2020 Paper Abstract


Paper ThA4.5

Mohammadi, Alireza (University of Michigan-Dearborn), Feng, Yi (University of Michigan-Dearborn), Zhang, Cong (University of Michigan-Dearborn), Rawashdeh, Samir (University of Michigan - Dearborn), Baek, Stan (United States Air Force Academy)

Vision-Based Autonomous Landing Using an MPC-Controlled Micro UAV on a Moving Platform

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Session "Control Architectures IV" (ThA4), Thursday, September 3, 2020, 11:20−11:40, Naousa

2020 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), September 1-4, 2020 (Postponed from June 9-12, 2020), Athens, Greece

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on September 25, 2020

Keywords Sensor Fusion, Autonomy


Autonomous landing of micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on moving targets has the potential to resolve many limitations of small-scale UAVs, such as uninterrupted flight tasks, rapid deployment and recovery of multiple UAVs, and extended operational ranges through mobile recharging stations. In this work, we present and experimentally verify a new vision-based method that enables a micro UAV to land autonomously on a mobile landing platform. Our method, which can be implemented on small-scale UAVs with limited payload capabilities and computational resources, incorporates model predictive control, vision-based localization, and extended Kalman filter for path following, navigation, and guidance. Our method uses a closed-loop controlled gimbaled camera for visual navigation and relative localization of the landing platform, a sensor fusion technique based on extended Kalman filters for target localization, and a model predictive control scheme for autonomous landing of the UAV under system uncertainties and wind disturbances. We demonstrate flight experiments of autonomous landing with an average error of 39 cm from the center of a mobile platform.



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