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Unmanned Rotorcraft Systems

Cai, Guowei, Chen, Ben M., Lee, Tong Heng

2011, XIX, 270 p. 167 illus., 140 illus. in color.

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  • Provides the reader with a good complete reference for creating fully autonomous rotorcraft systems
  • Can be easily adapted to the development of fixed- and flappy-winged unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Gives the reader a good source of ideas and open problems for future research

Unmanned Rotorcraft Systems explores the research and development of fully-functional miniature rotorcraft unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and provides a complete treatment of their design. The unmanned system is an integration of advanced technologies developed in communications, computing, and control areas. It is a useful testing ground for trialing and implementing modern control techniques despite the challenges introduced by the limitations on direct scalability between the systems of a small-scale rotorcraft and those of its full-scale counterpart. Included are detailed expositions of:

  • systematic hardware construction;
  • software systems integration;
  • aerodynamic modeling; and
  • automatic flight control system design.

Emphasis is placed on the cooperative control and flight formation of multiple UAVs, vision-based ground-target tracking, and landing on moving platforms. Other issues such as the development of indoor micro aerial vehicles (that have to operate without access to a global positioning system) and vision-based navigation are also discussed in depth. The text is rounded out with a presentation of possible future research directions for relevant fields of study.

Unmanned Rotorcraft Systems will be of great value to practicing engineers in aerospace-related industries and to academic researchers from aerospace, electrical or mechanical engineering backgrounds working on the development of unmanned systems.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Aerial Vehicles - Aerodynamic Modeling - Automatic Flight Control - Cooperative Control - Cross000 - Flight Control - Helicopters - Miniature Helicopters - OJ1412 - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Related subjects » Artificial Intelligence - Control Engineering - Hardware - Mechanical Engineering - Robotics

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