An autonomous helicopter system for aerial image collection

Xiang Haitao, Lei Tian

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Abstract

This study discusses the development of an autonomous helicopter system to collect agricultural remote sensing. The paper demonstrates an overview of the whole system and its applications about aerial image acquisition. The system consists of on-board part and ground station part. An embedded linux based single computer board (SCB) is used as main controller on board. Multithread technology is used for software development in the SCB, major threads include sensor fusion thread using Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) to estimate navigation parameters, uplink thread to communicate with ground station and control thread to accomplish flight control and camera mount stabilization. As for ground station, a map based customer software is developed for mission planning and flight monitor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Nov 7 2007
Event2007 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2007Jun 20 2007

Other

Other2007 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period6/17/076/20/07

Keywords

  • Autonomous vehicle
  • Extended kalman filter EKF
  • Georeferencing
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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    Haitao, X., & Tian, L. (2007). An autonomous helicopter system for aerial image collection. Paper presented at 2007 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Technical Papers, Minneapolis, MN, United States.