Intelligent unmanned air vehicle flight systems

Jodi A. Miller, Paul D. Minear, Albert F. Niessner, Anthony M. DeLullo, Brian R. Geiger, Lyle N. Long, Joseph F. Horn

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This paper describes an intelligent autonomous airborne flight capability that is being used as a test bed for future technology development. The unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) fly under autonomous control of both an Intelligent Controller (IC) running on an onboard computer and an autopilot. The IC provides the mission control while the autopilot controls the vehicle navigation and flight control. The autonomous airborne flight system is described in detail. An IC architecture directly applicable to the design of unmanned vehicles is also presented. The UAVs may operate independently or in cooperation with one another to carry out a specified mission. The intelligent UAV flight system is used to evaluate and study autonomous UAV control as well as multi-vehicle collaborative control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)816-835
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Aerospace Computing, Information and Communication
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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