An Unmanned Aerial System for Autonomous Surveillance

Michael Freed, Will Fitzgerald, Robert Harris

This paper describes a system for efficient autonomous aerial surveillance of many sites with a single unmanned aerial vehicle. The system integrates numerous hardware and software components including autonomy software for planning, execution, monitoring and flight control. The integrated system provides a unique surveillance capability and incorporates a novel surveillance planning approach involving selection among a portfolio of planning algorithms. We describe the system’s components and discuss integration issues affecting system design and performance.

Subjects: 2. Architectures; 1.11 Planning

Submitted: Jun 7, 2006

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