Advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: State of the Art and the Road to Autonomy by Kimon P. ValavanisAdvances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: State of the Art and the Road to Autonomy by Kimon P. Valavanis

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

byKimon P. Valavanis

Paperback | November 23, 2010

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have seen unprecedented levels of growth in military and civilian application domains. Fixed-wing aircraft, heavier or lighter than air, rotary-wing (rotorcraft, helicopters), vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned vehicles are being increasingly used in military and civilian domains for surveillance, reconnaissance, mapping, cartography, border patrol, inspection, homeland security, search and rescue, fire detection, agricultural imaging, traffic monitoring, to name just a few application domains. When initially introduced during World War I, UAVs were criticized heavily as being unreliable and inaccurate, and only a handful of people recognized at that early stage their potential and (future) impact on cha- ing the battlefield. To nobody's surprise, about a century later, the total market for UAVs will reach within a few years more than $16 billion, with the US Depa- ment of Defense (DOD) being the champion in funding initiatives, - search and development, as well as procurement. Europe, as a continent, is a very distant second player, expected to spend about ?2 billion in research and development, and procurement.
Title:Advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: State of the Art and the Road to AutonomyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.17 inPublished:November 23, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9048175402

ISBN - 13:9789048175406

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Table of Contents

PART I: Background Information Introduction K. P. Valavanis A Historical Perspective on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles K. P. Valavanis, M. Kontitsis PART II: Modeling and Control Fundamentals Airplane Basic Equations of Motion and Open-Loop Dynamics I. A. Raptis, K. P. Valavanis Control Fundamentals of Small Helicopters: A Survey M. Castillo-Effen, C. Castillo, W. Moreno, K. P. Valavanis A Tutorial Approach to Small Unmanned Helicopter Controller Design for Non-aggressive Flights W. Alvis, C. Castillo, M. Castillo-Effen, W. Moreno, K. P. Valavanis Design and Control of a Miniature Quadrotor S. Bouabdallah, R. Siegwart PART III: Navigation Aspects Obstacle and Terrain Avoidance for Miniature Aerial Vehicles S. Griffiths, J. Saunders, A. Curtis, T. McLain, R. Beard Vision Based Navigation and Target Tracking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles B. Ludington, E. N. Johnson, G. J. Vachtsevanos Single and Multi-UAV Relative Position Estimation Based on Natural Landmarks L. Merino, F. Caballero, P. Forssen, J. Wiklund, J. Ferruz, J. R. Martinez-de-Dios, A. Moe, K. Nordberg, A. Ollero Evolutionary Algorithm Based Path Planning for Multiple UAV Cooperation I. K. Nikolos, N. C. Tsourveloudis, K. P. Valavanis PART IV: Applications Robust Nonlinear Observers for Attitude Estimation of Mini UAVs R. Mahony, T. Hamel Autonomous Solar UAV for Sustainable Flights A. Noth, R. Siegwart, W. Engel The Integration of a Multimodal MAV and Biomimetic Sensing for Autonomous Flights in Near-EarthEnvironments W. Green, P. Y. Oh Dynamic Localization of Air-Ground Wireless Sensor Networks P. Dang, F. L. Lewis, D. O. Popa Decentralized Formation Tracking of Multi-Vehicle Systems with Consensus-Based Controllers L. Fang, P. J. Antsaklis Hardware in the Loop Tuning for a Volcanic Gas Sampling UAV G. Astuti, D. Caltabiano, G. Giudice, D. Longo, D. Melita, G. Muscato, A. Orlando A Modular On-Board Processing System for Small Unmanned Vehicles R. D. Garcia, K. P. Valavanis PART V: Epilogue The Road Ahead K P. Valavanis, G. J. Vachtsevanos, P. J. Anstaklis List of Contributed Chapters ADVANCES IN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES State of the Art and the Road to Autonomy PART I: Background Information Introduction K. P. Valavanis A Historical Perspective on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles K. P. Valavanis, M. Kontitsis PART II: Modeling and Control Fundamentals Airplane Basic Equations of Motion and Open-Loop Dynamics I. A. Raptis, K. P. Valavanis Control Fundamentals of Small Helicopters: A Survey M. Castillo-Effen, C. Castillo, W. Moreno, K. P. Valavanis A Tutorial Approach to Small Unmanned Helicopter Controller Design for Non-aggressive Flights W. Alvis, C. Castillo, M. Castillo-Effen, W. Moreno, K. P. Valavanis Design and Control of a Miniature Quadrotor S. Bouabdallah, R. Siegwart PART III: Navigation Aspects Obstacle and Terrain Avoidance for Miniature Aerial Vehicles S. Griffiths