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Worldwide first load transportation
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autonomous flying robots
autonomous flying to applications
In our lab, we are working on different subjects connected with
practical applications of autonomous aerial robots with a certain level
of on-board intelligence.
The main research areas are:
The main applications are:
- mathematical modeling of small scale aerial
- control of small scale aerial robots
- sensors and sensor data processing for
- collision detection/avoidance for small scale
- control of multiple coupled helicopters
- distributed real-time systems
For outdoor operation, we use the following aerial robots:
- load transport with multiple helicopters
- deployment of sensor networks using small scale
- monitoring and observation
The autonomous navigation of all our flying robots is performed by the
modular control system which was designed and implemented in our lab.
This control system can be used to operate different types of flying
robots: helicopters, quad-rotors and planes. The modular control system
is composed of hardware for autonomous navigation, real-time software
for control and communication as well as of mission software. The
control system can be configured for different types of sensors (e.g.
low cost and high-end navigation sensors) and actuators used on the
robot. Operation of multiple robots is also supported.
- Three helicopters H-3 (rotor diameter 2 m,
total mass 12-16 kg)
- Plane H-P1 (wingspan 2.5 m, total
mass 15 kg) (under construction)
- Quad-rotor H-Q1 (edge length 1 m, total mass 15
kg) (under construction)
To study some issues related to modeling and control we developed a
laboratory setup for aerial robots. This setup allows performing real
flight experiments with VTOL-robots under deterministic conditions with
low effort and costs. This setup is composed of optical system to track
the position and orientation of robots and software framework for
implementing control algorithms and monitoring of all system data (this
software is also a part of modular control system for outdoor robots).
Up to four different VTOL-robots can be used with this setup at the
same time. At the moment, the following robots are used:
- Electrical helicopter (rotor diameter 1.1 m,
total mass 5 kg)
- Electrical quad-rotor (edge length 0.7 m, total
mass 4.8 kg)
with our autonomous helicopters in the European Union