Experimental flight test for autonomous station-keeping of a lighter-than-air vehicle

C. Bil, J.C. Zegers, L. Hazeleger, Liuping Wang, M. Simic

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Abstract

The benefits of stationary aerial platforms for continuous observation of a fixed area are evident in cases such as natural disasters, environmental monitoring, intelligence gathering, etc. Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) technology has advanced significantly, for example high-pressure balloons that would make such a platform a potential solution for long, uninterrupted and persistent observation. An adaptive nonlinear control system was designed for LTA station-keeping, with an adaption mechanism to accommodate uncertainties in system parameters. The controller was subsequently implemented on a micro controller and tested in a flight experiment using a helium balloon. The tests were conducted in a 4.5 m by 4.5 m enclosure using infrared sensors to determine position by measuring distance from the walls.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart innovation, systems and technologies
EditorsE. Damiani , R.J. Howlett, L.C. Jain, L. Gallo, G. De Pietro
PublisherSpringer
Pages299-311
Number of pages13
Volume40
ISBN (Print)9783319198293
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event8th KES International Conference on Intelligent Interactive Multimedia Systems and Services (IIMSS-15), June 17-19, 2015, Sorrento, Italy - Hilton Sorrento Palace, Sorrento, Italy
Duration: 17 Jun 201519 Jun 2015
http://iimss-15.kesinternational.org/

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Volume40
ISSN (Print)21903018
ISSN (Electronic)21903026

Conference

Conference8th KES International Conference on Intelligent Interactive Multimedia Systems and Services (IIMSS-15), June 17-19, 2015, Sorrento, Italy
Abbreviated titleIIMSS-15
Country/TerritoryItaly
CitySorrento
Period17/06/1519/06/15
OtherConference held at Smart Digital Futures 2015
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Keywords

  • Adaptive nonlinear control
  • Flight test experiments
  • Lighter-than-air
  • Station-keeping

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