Embedded UAS Autopilot and Sensor Systems
Avionics System Integration
Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
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Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering
How to Cite
Beard, R. W. 2010. Embedded UAS Autopilot and Sensor Systems. Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. .
- Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
The objective of this chapter is to give an overview of autopilot software design for small and miniature unmanned air systems. An architecture that is typical of commercially available autopilots is described. A detailed explanation of the inner-loop control structure is described, including the lateral directional feedback loops and the longitudinal directional feedback loops. We give a brief description of the sensor package that is usually on small UAS, and describe simple filtering schemes for extracting estimates of the states needed by the autopilot. Finally, we briefly describe GPS navigation for following straight lines and orbits.
- autopilot design;
- small unmanned air vehicles;
- sensors on small UAVs;
- Kalman filtering;
- GPS guidance