Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Guidance control of small UAV with energy and maneuverability limitations for a search and coverage mission
by Gramajo, German G., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 72; 1526913
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis presents an algorithm for a search and coverage mission that has increased autonomy in generating an ideal trajectory while explicitly considering the available energy in the optimization. Further, current algorithms used to generate trajectories depend on the operator providing a discrete set of turning rate requirements to obtain an optimal solution. This work proposes an additional modification to the algorithm so that it optimizes the trajectory for a range of turning rates instead of a discrete set of turning rates. This thesis conducts an evaluation of the algorithm with variation in turn duration, entry-heading angle, and entry point. Comparative studies of the algorithm with existing method indicates improved autonomy in choosing the optimization parameters while producing trajectories with better coverage area and closer final distance to the desired terminal point.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shankar, Praveen
Commitee: Marayong, Panadda, Torabzadeh, Jalal
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Aerospace engineering, Mechanical engineering
Keywords:
Publication Number: 1526913
ISBN: 9781321277135
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