Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-79
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kimon P. Valavanis, George J. Vachtsevanos
      Pages 3-4
    3. Kimon P. Valavanis, George J. Vachtsevanos
      Pages 5-42
    4. Konstantinos Dalamagkidis
      Pages 43-55
    5. Konstantinos Dalamagkidis
      Pages 57-81
    6. Konstantinos Dalamagkidis
      Pages 83-91
    7. George J. Vachtsevanos, Kimon P. Valavanis
      Pages 93-103
  3. UAV Design Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Kimon P. Valavanis, George J. Vachtsevanos
      Pages 107-108
    3. Helen Ryaciotaki-Boussalis, Darrell Guillaume
      Pages 109-141
    4. Scott Gruber, Hyukseong Kwon, Chad Hager, Rajnikant Sharma, Josiah Yoder, Daniel Pack
      Pages 143-163
    5. Steven A. Brandt
      Pages 165-180
    6. Swee King Phang, Kun Li, Ben M. Chen, Tong H. Lee
      Pages 181-206
    7. Guangying Jiang, Richard M. Voyles
      Pages 207-237
  4. UAV Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Kimon P. Valavanis, George J. Vachtsevanos
      Pages 241-242
    3. Vladimir Dobrokhodov
      Pages 243-277
    4. Vladislav Gavrilets
      Pages 279-306
    5. Caitlin Powers, Daniel Mellinger, Vijay Kumar
      Pages 307-328
    6. David B. Doman, Michael W. Oppenheimer, David O. Sigthorsson
      Pages 329-346
    7. Gabriel Hugh Elkaim, Fidelis Adhika Pradipta Lie, Demoz Gebre-Egziabher
      Pages 347-380
  5. Sensors and Sensing Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381
    2. Kimon P. Valavanis, George J. Vachtsevanos
      Pages 383-384
    3. Luis Mejias, John Lai, Troy Bruggemann
      Pages 385-399
    4. Mitch Bryson, Salah Sukkarieh
      Pages 401-431
    5. Matthew F. Ridley, Ben Upcroft, Salah Sukkarieh
      Pages 461-490
  6. UAV Propulsion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 491-491
    2. Kimon P. Valavanis, George J. Vachtsevanos
      Pages 493-494
  7. UAV Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 525-525
    2. Kimon P. Valavanis, George J. Vachtsevanos
      Pages 527-528
    3. Jonathan P. How, Emilio Frazzoli, Girish Vinayak Chowdhary
      Pages 529-576
    4. Chowdhary Vinayak Girish, Frazzoli Emilio, How P. Jonathan, Liu Hugh
      Pages 577-612
    5. Suresh K. Kannan, Girish Vinayak Chowdhary, Eric N. Johnson
      Pages 613-673
  8. UAV Communication Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 711-711
    2. Kimon P. Valavanis, George J. Vachtsevanos
      Pages 713-714
    3. Stephen B. Heppe
      Pages 715-748
    4. Christian Wietfeld, Kai Daniel
      Pages 749-780
    5. Jack Elston, Maciej Stachura, C. Dixon, B. Argrow, Eric W. Frew
      Pages 781-811
    6. Timothy X. Brown, Mark McHenry, Suppapol Jaroonvanichkul
      Pages 813-844
  9. UAV Architectures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 845-845
    2. Kimon P. Valavanis, George J. Vachtsevanos
      Pages 847-848
    3. Patrick Doherty, Jonas Kvarnstrom, Mariusz Wzorek, Piotr Rudol, Fredrik Heintz, Gianpaolo Conte
      Pages 849-952
    4. Ivan Maza, Aníbal Ollero, Enrique Casado, David Scarlatti
      Pages 953-975
  10. UAV Health Management Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 993-993
    2. Kimon P. Valavanis, George J. Vachtsevanos
      Pages 995-997

About this book


The Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles is a reference text for the academic and research communities, industry, manufacturers, users, practitioners, Federal Government, Federal and State Agencies, the private sector, as well as all organizations that are and will be using unmanned aircraft in a wide spectrum of applications. The Handbook covers all aspects of UAVs, from design to logistics and ethical issues. It is also targeting the young investigator, the future inventor and entrepreneur by providing an overview and detailed information of the state-of-the-art as well as useful new concepts that may lead to innovative research. The contents of the Handbook include material that addresses the needs and ‘know how’ of all of the above sectors targeting a very diverse audience.
The Handbook offers a unique and comprehensive treatise of everything one needs to know about unmanned aircrafts, from conception to operation, from technologies to business activities, users, OEMs, reference sources, conferences, publications, professional societies, etc. It should serve as a Thesaurus, an indispensable part of the library for everyone involved in this area. For the first time, contributions by the world’s top experts from academia, industry, government and the private sector, are brought together to provide unique perspectives on the current state-of-the-art in UAV, as well as future directions. The Handbook is intended for the expert/practitioner who seeks specific technical/business information, for the technically-oriented scientists and engineers, but also for the novice who wants to learn more about the status of UAV and UAV-related technologies.
The Handbook is arranged in a user-friendly format, divided into main parts referring to: UAV Design Principles; UAV Fundamentals; UAV Sensors and Sensing Strategies; UAV Propulsion; UAV Control; UAV Communication Issues; UAV Architectures; UAV Health Management Issues; UAV Modeling, Simulation, Estimation and Identification; MAVs and Bio-Inspired UAVs; UAV Mission and Path Planning; UAV Autonomy; UAV Sense, Detect and Avoid Systems; Networked UAVs and UAV Swarms; UAV Integration into the National Airspace; UAV-Human Interfaces and Decision Support Systems; Human Factors and Training; UAV Logistics Support; UAV Applications; Social and Ethical Implications; The Future of UAVs. Each part is written by internationally renowned authors who are authorities in their respective fields.
The contents of the Handbook supports its unique character as a thorough and comprehensive reference book directed to a diverse audience of technologists, businesses, users and potential users, managers and decision makers, novices and experts, who seek a holistic volume of information that is not only a technical treatise but also a source for answers to several questions on UAV manufacturers, users, major players in UAV research, costs, training required and logistics issues.


UAV Applications UAV Business Practices UAV Research and Development UAV Technologies UAV Technology Trends/Forecasts Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Unmanned Systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Kimon P. Valavanis
    • 1
  • George J. Vachtsevanos
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.School of Electrical and Computer EngineeringThe Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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