Autonomous control of multiple UAVs for the passive location of radars

Sam Drake, Kim Brown, Jeremy Fazackerley, Anthony Finn

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Abstract

This paper describes an algorithm that has been used for the autonomous control of multiple UAVs tasked with the high level objective of locating a radar subject to a number of real world constraints. The distributed, fully autonomous, cooperative control of the multiple UAV system was executed using sensor input from a heterogenous network of miniaturised Electronic Surveillance (ES) payloads. An ES sensor onboard one UAV detected a radar target and cross-cued ES receivers onboard two other UAVs. Based on the information shared between these UAVs the target radar was approximately located by each UAV. Once the UAVs had coarsely located the target they autonomously, dynamically, and continuously adapted their flight trajectories to progressively improve the accuracy with which they were able to co-operatively locate the radar target. The UAVs were able to accurately locate the radar while simultaneously avoiding no-fly zones, one another and remaining within communication range.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2005 International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages403-409
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0780393996, 9780780393998
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing Conference - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20058 Dec 2005

Conference

Conference2005 Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing Conference
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period5/12/058/12/05

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