Journal article

Nonlinear H∞ control of UAVs for collision avoidance in gusty environments

X Yang, L Mejias, T Molloy

Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems: theory and applications | Springer Verlag | Published : 2013


This paper proposes a nonlinear H∞ controller for stabilization of velocities, attitudes and angular rates of a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a windy environment. The suggested controller aims to achieve a steady-state flight condition in the presence of wind gusts such that the host UAV can be maneuvered to avoid collision with other UAVs during cruise flight with safety guarantees. This paper begins with building a proper model capturing flight aerodynamics of UAVs. Then a nonlinear controller is developed with gust attenuation and rapid response properties. Simulations are conducted for the Shadow UAV to verify performance of the proposed controller. Comparative studies with..

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