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Towards autonomous micro UAV swarms

: Bürkle, A.; Segor, F.; Kollmann, M.

Preprint urn:nbn:de:0011-n-1653583 (3.2 MByte PDF)
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Erstellt am: 1.7.2011

Journal of intelligent and robotic systems 61 (2011), Nr.1-4, S.339-353
ISSN: 0921-0296
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IOSB ()
UAV; micro drone; swarm; ground control station

Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) such as quadrocopters have gained great popularity over the last years, both as a research platform and in various application fields. However, some complex application scenarios call for the formation of swarms consisting of multiple drones. In this paper a platform for the creation of such swarms is presented. It is based on commercially available quadrocopters enhanced with on-board processing and communication units enabling full autonomy of individual drones. Furthermore, a generic ground control station is presented that serves as integration platform. It allows the seamless coordination of different kinds of sensor platforms.