Safe Landing of Fixed Wing UAVs

Pranav Jetley, P. B. Sujit, Srikanth Saripalli

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Abstract

Fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used in several applications from agriculture to search and rescue. An interesting feature of these vehicles is their ability to deploy by hand and easy recovery with belly landing. However, as the payload of the vehicle increases, they become heavier, and hence these vehicles need to be launched in the traditional manner on a small runway with wheels. The most difficult part of the UAV mission is landing as any deviation from the desired trajectory can lead to a crash. One way to increase the safety of landing is to know when to abort the landing. For this, we need to compute the feasibility region online and determine if the vehicle can achieve the landing or not. If not, then abort landing. We designed a 3D LQR based landing controller that accurately lands the vehicle on a runway and also compute the safety regions to determine safe landing of the UAV. Through extensive simulations, we demonstrate the conditions under which a UAV is able to land safely. Further, we also extend this to linearly moving landing pads.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 47th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks Workshops, DSN-W 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2-9
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538622728
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 30 2017
Event47th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks Workshops, DSN-W 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2017Jun 29 2017

Other

Other47th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks Workshops, DSN-W 2017
CountryUnited States
CityDenver
Period6/26/176/29/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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    Jetley, P., Sujit, P. B., & Saripalli, S. (2017). Safe Landing of Fixed Wing UAVs. In Proceedings - 47th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks Workshops, DSN-W 2017 (pp. 2-9). [8023690] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/DSN-W.2017.43