Adaptation of an commercially available stabilised R/C helicopter to a fully autonomous surveillance UAV
Madgwick, S.O.H. , Turner, C.P. and Harwin, W.S. (2009) Adaptation of an commercially available stabilised R/C helicopter to a fully autonomous surveillance UAV. In: 24th Bristol international unmanned air vehicle systems (UAVS) conference, Bristol, UK.
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This paper presents the development of an autonomous surveillance UAV that competed in the Ministry of Defence Grand Challenge 2008. In order to focus on higher-level mission control, the UAV is built upon an existing commercially available stabilised R/C helicopter platform. The hardware architecture is developed to allow for non-invasion integration with the existing stabilised platform, and to enable to the distributed processing of closed loop control and mission goals. The resulting control system proved highly successful and was capable of flying within 40knott gusts. The software and safety architectures were key to the success of the research and also hold the potential for use in the development of more complex system comprising of multiple UAVs.