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Determining Minimum and Maximum Number of Agents Required for Planar Cable-Suspended Aerial Manipulation

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Henry Hung, Koushil Sreenath

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Niteesh Sood

PES University, Bangalore, India

Paper No. DSCC2016-9834, pp. V002T23A008; 9 pages
  • ASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 2: Mechatronics; Mechatronics and Controls in Advanced Manufacturing; Modeling and Control of Automotive Systems and Combustion Engines; Modeling and Validation; Motion and Vibration Control Applications; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Path Planning and Motion Control; Robot Manipulators; Sensors and Actuators; Tracking Control Systems; Uncertain Systems and Robustness; Unmanned, Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Dynamic Controls; Vehicle Dynamics and Traffic Control
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, October 12–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5070-1
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


This paper proposes a method for optimal selection of number of agents in a cooperative multi-agent system for dynamic aerial transportation of a cable-suspended load along a desired trajectory. We consider the system of n planar quadrotors with a cable suspended load, show that this system is differentially flat, and study the effect of varying the number of quadrotors, load and quadrotor masses, on the maximum velocity of the load trajectory and minimum thrust required. We determine the minimum (maximum) number of agents required for traversing a load trajectory for various values of the load mass.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Cables



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