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Development of Micro UAV Swarms

  • Axel Bürkle
  • Sandro Leuchter
Conference paper
Part of the Informatik aktuell book series (INFORMAT)

Abstract

Some complex application scenarios for micro UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) call for the formation of swarms of multiple drones. In this paper a platform for the creation of such swarms is presented. It consists of modified commercial quadrocopters and a self-made ground control station software architecture. Autonomy of individual drones is generated through a micro controller equipped video camera. Currently it is possible to fly basic maneuvers autonomously, such as take-off, fly to position, and landing. In the future the camera’s image processing capabilities will be used to generate additional control information. Different co-operation strategies for teams of UAVs are currently evaluated with an agent based simulation tool. Finally complex application scenarios for multiple micro UAVs are presented.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Axel Bürkle
    • 1
  • Sandro Leuchter
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institut für Informations- und DatenverarbeitungKarlsruhe

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