1. Introduction

  1. Antonios Tsourdos,
  2. Brian White and
  3. Madhavan Shanmugavel

Published Online: 8 NOV 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470974636.ch1

Cooperative Path Planning of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Cooperative Path Planning of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

How to Cite

Tsourdos, A., White, B. and Shanmugavel, M. (2010) Introduction, in Cooperative Path Planning of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470974636.ch1

Author Information

  1. Cranfield Defence and Security, Cranfield University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 NOV 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470741290

Online ISBN: 9780470974636



  • autonomy, replacing human operator in many applications - potential applications of UAVs in military and civilian sectors;
  • military systems, and element of danger - to human operators and civilian systems;
  • chemical and biological environment operations - autonomous systems techniques;
  • unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - operating as a group;
  • path planning, integral to autonomous system - moving from one point to another;
  • employing group of UAVs - than a single UAV, cost-effective and fault-tolerant systems;
  • cooperative path planning and mission planning;
  • autopilot and guidance control loops;
  • road map methods - working in configuration space;
  • optimal control, natural method for solving problems - objective functions, constraints and boundary conditions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Path Planning Formulation

  • Path Planning Constraints

  • Cooperative Path Planning and Mission Planning

  • Path Planning – An Overview

  • The Road Map Method

  • Probabilistic Methods

  • Potential Field

  • Cell Decomposition

  • Optimal Control

  • Optimization Techniques

  • Trajectories for Path Planning

  • Outline of the Book

  • References