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Robust Position Control of a Quadrotor Using Onboard Optical Flow Sensor

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Qi Lu, Beibei Ren, Siva Parameswaran

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Qing-Chang Zhong

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

Paper No. DSCC2016-9812, pp. V001T05A002; 8 pages
  • ASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 1: Advances in Control Design Methods, Nonlinear and Optimal Control, Robotics, and Wind Energy Systems; Aerospace Applications; Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics; Assistive Robotics; Battery and Oil and Gas Systems; Bioengineering Applications; Biomedical and Neural Systems Modeling, Diagnostics and Healthcare; Control and Monitoring of Vibratory Systems; Diagnostics and Detection; Energy Harvesting; Estimation and Identification; Fuel Cells/Energy Storage; Intelligent Transportation
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, October 12–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5069-5
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


In this paper, the uncertainty and disturbance estimator (UDE)-based position controllers are developed to achieve the robust position control of a quadrotor using only onboard sensing. Firstly, in order to accurately estimate the positions of the quadrotor in GPS-denied environments, an open source high speed optical flow sensor PX4FLOW is adopted. Secondly, the UDE-based controllers are developed to handle the challenges brought by the highly nonlinear quadrotor position dynamics, including underactuation, coupling, nonaffine inputs, model uncertainties and external disturbances. Real flight experiments, including hover and disturbance rejection are carried out to demonstrate the effectiveness of the developed UDE-based controllers.

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