Flying Robots

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Kenzo Nonami, Farid Kendoul, Satoshi Suzuki, Wei Wang, Daisuke Nakazawa: Autonomous Flying Robots: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Micro Aerial Vehicles, Springer, 2010, 340p. Contents:

  • Intro
  • Fundamental Modeling and Control of Small and Miniature Unmanned Helicopters
  • Autonomous Control of a Mini Quadrotor Vehicle
  • Development of Autonomous Quad-Tilt-Wing (QTW) UAV: Design, Modeling, and Control
  • Linerarization and Identification of Helicopter Model for Heirarchical Control Design
  • Analysis of the Autorotation Meneuver in Small-Scale Helicopters and Application for Emergency Landing
  • Autonomous Acrobatic Flight Based on Feedforward Sequence Control for Small Unmanned Helicopter
  • Mathematical Modeling and Nonlinear Control of VTOL Aerial Vehicles
  • Formation Flight Control of Multiple Small Autnomous Helicopters Using Predictive Control
  • Guidance and Naviation Systems for Small Aerial Robots
  • Design and Implementation of Low-Cost Attitude
  • Vision-Based Navigation and Visual Servoing of Mini Flying Machines
  • Autonomous Indoor Flight and Precise Automated-Landing Using Infrared and Ultrasonic Sensors

Jean-Christophe Zufferey: Bio-inspired Flying Robots: Experimental Synthesis of Autonomous Indoor Flyers (Engineering Sciencs: Microtechnology), EFPL Press, 2008, 250p. Contents:

  • Intro
  • Related Work
  • Flying Insects
  • Robotic Platforms (wheeled robot, blimp, indoor airplains, comparison)
  • Optic Flow
  • OF-based Control Strategies
  • Evolved Control Strategies
  • Concluding Remarks

Dario Floreano, Jean-Christophe Zufferey, Mandyam V. Srinivasan, Charlie Ellington (Editors) Flying Insects and Robots, Springer, 2009, 328 pages Contents:

  • 21 scientific papers on flying robots

Bernard Mettler: Identification Modeling and Characteristics of Miniature Rotorcraft, Springer, 2002/2010, 242p. Contents:

  • Motivation and Background
  • Frequency Response System Identification
  • Development of the Identification Model
  • Identification of the Model
  • Characteristics of Small-Scale Rotorcraft
  • Elements of Control Design
  • Results, Milestones, and Future dirs in Aerial Robotics

Kimon P. Valavanis (ed): Advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: State of the Art and the Road to Autonomy (Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering), Springer, 2007, 543p.

  • Intro
  • Historical perspective on UAV
  • Airplane Basic Equations of Motion and Open-Loop Dynamics
  • Control Fundamentals of Small/Miniature Helicopters: A Survey
  • A Tutorial Approach to Small Unmanned Helicopter Controller Design for Non-agressive Flights
  • Design and Control of a Miniature Quadrotor
  • Obstacle and Terrain Avoidance for Miniature Aerial Vehicles
  • Vision Based Navigation and Target Tracking for UAV
  • Single and Multi-UAV Relative Position Estimation Based on NAtural Landmarks
  • Evolutionary Algorithm Based Path Planning for Multiple UAV Cooperation
  • Robust Nonlinear Observers for Attitude Estimation of Mini UAVs
  • Autonomous Solar UAV for Sustainable Flights
  • The Integration of a Multimodal MAV and Biomimetic Sensing for Autonomous Flights in Near-Earth Environments
  • Dynamic Localization of Air-Ground Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Decentralized Formation Tracking of Multi-Vehicle Systems with Consensus-Based Controllers
  • "HW in the Loop" Tuning for a Volcanic Gas Sampling UAV
  • A Modular On-board Processing System for Small Unmanned Vehicles
  • Conclusions and Road Ahead

Plamen Angelov: Sense and Avoid in UAS: Research and Applications (Aerospace Series), Wiley, 2012, 384p. Contents:

  • Intro
  • Performance Tredeoffs and the Development of Standards
  • Integration of SAA Capabilities uinto a UAS Distributed Architecture for Civil Applications
  • Regulations and Requirements
  • Human Factors in UAV
  • Sense and Avoid Concepts: Vehicle-Based SAA Systems (Vehicle-to-Vehicle)
  • UAS Conflict Detection and Resolution Using Differential Geometry Concepts
  • Aircraft Separation Management Using Common Information Network SAA
  • AgentFly: Scalable, High-Fidelity Framework for Simulation, Planning and Collision Avoidance of Multiple UAVs
  • See and Avoid Using Onboard Computer Vision
  • The Use of Low-Cost Mobile Radar Systems for Small UAS Sense and Avoid

T. Mueller (ed.): Fixed and Flapping Wing Aerodynamics for Micro Air Vehicle Applications (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics), AIAA, 2001, 605p. Contents:

  • Overview of Micro Air Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Higher-Order Boundary Layer Formulation and Application to Low Reynolds Number Flows
  • Analysis and Design of Airfoils for Use at Ultra-Low Reynolds Numbers
  • Adaptive, Unstructured Meshes for Solving the Navier-Stokes Equations for Low-Chord-Reynolds-Number Flows
  • Wind Tunnel Tests of Wings and Rings at Low Reynolds Numbers
  • Effects of Acoustic Disturbances on Low Aerofoil Re Flows
  • Aerodynamic Characteristics of Low Aspect Ratio Wings at Low Reynolds Numbers
  • Systematic Airfoil Design Studies at Low Reynolds Numbers
  • Numerical Optimization and Wind-Tunnel Testing of Low Reynolds Number Airfoils
  • Unsteady Stalling Characteristics of Thin Airfoils at Low Reynolds Number
  • Thrust and Drag in Flying Birds: Applications to Birdlike Micro Air Vehicles
  • Lift and Drag Characteristics of Rotary and Flapping Wings
  • A Rational Engineering Analysis of the Efficiency of Flapping Flight
  • Leading-Edge Vortices of Flapping and Rotary Wings at Low Reynolds Number
  • On the Flowfield and Forces Generated by a Flapping Rectangular Wing at Low Reynolds Number
  • Experimental and Computational Investigation of Flapping Wing Propulsion for Micro Air Vehicles
  • Aerodynamic Characteristics of Wings at Low Reynolds Number
  • A nonlinear Aeroelastic Model for the Study of Flapping Wing Flight
  • Euler Solution s for a Finite-Span Flapping Wing
  • From Soaring and Flapping Bird Flight to Innovative Wing and Propeller Constructions
  • Passive Aeroelastic Tailoring for Optimal Flapping Wings
  • Shape Memory Alloy Actuators as Locomotor Muscles
  • Mesoscale Flight and Miniature Rotorcraft Development
  • Development of the Black Widow Micro Air Vehicle
  • Computation of Aerodynamic Characteristics of a Micro Air Vehicle
  • Optic Flow Sensors for MAV Navigation

Kimon P. Valavanis, Paul Oh, Les A. Piegl (Eds): Unmanned Aircraft Systems: International Symposium On Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAV'08, Springer, 2009, 552p.

Richard K. Barnhart, Stephen B. Hottman, Douglas M. Marshall J.D., Eric Shappee (Eds): Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, CRC Press, 2011, 233p. Contents:

  • History
  • UAS Elements
  • US Aviation Regulatory Systems
  • Certificate of Authorization Process
  • UAS Operations
  • UAS for Geospatial Data
  • Automation and Autnomy in UAS
  • Safety Assessments
  • Detect, Sense, and Avoid
  • Sensors and Payloads
  • Human Factors in UAS
  • The Future of UAS

Jay Gundlach: Designing Unmanned Aircraft Systems: A Comprehensive Approach (Aiaa Education Series), Amer Inst of Aeronautics, 2011, 805p.

Randal W. Beard, Timothy W. McLain: Small Unmanned Aircraft: Theory and Practice, Princeton University Press, 2012, 230p. Contents:

  • Intro
  • Coordinate Frames
  • Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Forces and Moments
  • Linear Design Models
  • Autopilot Design Using Successive Loop Closure
  • Sensors for MAVs
  • State Estimation
  • Design Models for Guidance
  • Straight-line and Orbit Following
  • Path Manager
  • Path Planning
  • Vision-guided Navigation
  • Appendices: notation, quaternions, animations and modeling in simulink, airframe params, trim and linearization in simulink, essentials from probability theory, sensor params