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Advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles State of the Art and the Road to Autonomy

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ISBN-10: 1402061137

ISBN-13: 9781402061134

Edition: 2007

Authors: Kimon P. Valavanis

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There has been tremendous emphasis in unmanned aerial vehicles, both of fixed (airplanes) and rotary wing (vertical take off and landing, helicopters) types over the past ten years. Applications span both civilian and military domains, the latter being the most important at this stage. This edited book provides a solid and diversified reference source related to basic, applied research and development on small and miniature unmanned aerial vehicles, both fixed and rotary wing. As such, the book offers background information on the evolution of such vehicles over the years, followed by modeling and control fundamentals that are of paramount importance due to unmanned aerial vehicle model…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 7/17/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 544
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.464
Language: English

List of Contributing Authors
Background Information
A Historical Perspective on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Modeling and Control Fundamentals
Airplane Basic Equations of Motion and Open-Loop Dynamics
Control Fundamentals of Small/Miniature Helicopters: A Survey
A Tutorial Approach to Small Unmanned Helicopter Controller Design for Non-aggressive Flights
Design and Control of a Miniature Quadrotor
Navigation Aspects
Obstacle and Terrain Avoidance for Miniature Aerial Vehicles
Vision Based Navigation and Target Tracking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Single and Multi-UAV Relative Position Estimation Based on Natural Landmarks
Evolutionary Algorithm Based Path Planning for Multiple UAV Cooperation
Robust Nonlinear Observers for Attitude Estimation of Mini UAVs
Autonomous Solar UAV for Sustainable Flights
The Integration of a Multimodal MAV and Biomimetic Sensing for Autonomous Flights in Near-Earth Environments
Dynamic Localization of Air-Ground Wireless Sensor Networks
Decentralized Formation Tracking of Multi-Vehicle Systems with Consensus-Based Controllers
"Hardware in the Loop" Tuning for a Volcanic Gas Sampling UAV
A Modular On-board Processing System for Small Unmanned Vehicles
Conclusions and the Road Ahead