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.
|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|
|Subjects:||Aerospace engineering, Mechanical engineering|
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