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Cognitive Multi-UAV Formation Flight: Principle, Low-Cost UAV Testbed, Controller Tuning and Experiments

[+] Author Affiliations
Long Di, Haiyang Chao, Jinlu Han, YangQuan Chen

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Paper No. DETC2011-47848, pp. 917-927; 11 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 2011 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5480-8
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Cooperative UAV systems can have great advantages over isolated UAV systems, regarding application, safety, efficiency and many other perspectives. Motivated by challenges from practical multiple UAV formation flight, this paper presents our approaches towards cognitive formation flight. It introduces the principle ofmulti-UAV cognitive formation flight and the control structure utilized in our development, describes a low-cost UAV testbed developed by ourselves, and details the tuning procedures of the implemented multi-agent flight controller for stable and consistent formation flights. Different formation flight scenarios are also discussed and the experimental setup is presented including real-time issues and the formation flight test protocol. Routinized comprehensive flight test results are also shown at the end.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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