Altitude stabilization in unmanned vertical take-off/landing aircraft

Thanakorn Supsukbaworn, Chin E. Lin

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Unmanned vertical take-off/Landing (UVTOL) Aircraft have received great attention for their flexibility and controllability in many applications requiring short range, low altitude air surveillance. Image acquisition and video recording from the air is useful for many demands. The operation of a UVTOL requires altitude stabilization with a very limited payload. This paper presents a flight control stabilization design using a MEMS (microelectronics mechanical system) inertial sensor and a barometric sensor to enhance the altitude stabilization performance. By introducing pressure, velocity, and acceleration estimators, a modified flight controller is constructed and tested. Altitude and vertical velocity stabilization are tested and verified using real flight data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIECON Proceedings (Industrial Electronics Conference)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479940325
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb 24

Publication series

NameIECON Proceedings (Industrial Electronics Conference)

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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