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An open benchmark for distributed formation flight control of Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Bolting, Jan and Stolle, Martin and Fergani, Soheib and Biannic, Jean-Marc and Defaÿ, François An open benchmark for distributed formation flight control of Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aircraft Systems. (2017) In: The 20th World Congress of The International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC 2017), 9 July 2017 - 14 July 2017 (Toulouse, France).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ifacol.2017.08.1471


The capability of autonomous formation flight has the potential to significantly enhance the utility and efficiency of small low-cost Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Formations of small, inexpensive fixed-wing UAS allow for the sharing of remote sensing functionality, mission-level redundancy and range enhancements due to aerodynamic interactions widely exploited by migratory birds. This article presents a benchmark problem for scalable distributed flight control of formations of UAS with only local relative state information, one of the open problems in this field as of today. The benchmark is openly available and comprises a nonlinear six degrees of freedom dynamics model of an electric glider UAS. In this article we furthermore introduce a nominal guidance frame that does not require state information of other UAS and point out a fundamental issue related to wake vortex tracking during formation maneuvers. A set of LQ baseline controllers that are part of the benchmark is presented along with simulation results.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:19 Feb 2018 15:28

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