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International Journal of Control, Automation and Systems 2010; 8(1): 36-44

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Autopilots for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: A Survey

HaiYang Chao, YongCan Cao, and YangQuan Chen

Utah State University, USA

Abstract

This paper presents a survey of the autopilot systems for small or micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The objective is to provide a summary of the current commercial, open source and research autopilot systems for convenience of potential small UAV users. The UAV flight control basics are introduced first. The radio control system and autopilot control system are then explained from both the hardware and software viewpoints. Several typical off-the-shelf autopilot packages are compared in terms of sensor packages, observation approaches and controller strengths. Afterwards some open source autopilot systems are introduced. Conclusion is made with a summary of the current autopilot market and a remark on the future development.

Keywords Autopilot systems, autonomous navigation, flight control, remotely piloted vehicle (RPV), unmanned aircraft system (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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Survey Paper

International Journal of Control, Automation and Systems 2010; 8(1): 36-44

Published online February 1, 2010 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12555-010-0105-z

Copyright © The International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems.

Autopilots for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: A Survey

HaiYang Chao, YongCan Cao, and YangQuan Chen

Utah State University, USA

Abstract

This paper presents a survey of the autopilot systems for small or micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The objective is to provide a summary of the current commercial, open source and research autopilot systems for convenience of potential small UAV users. The UAV flight control basics are introduced first. The radio control system and autopilot control system are then explained from both the hardware and software viewpoints. Several typical off-the-shelf autopilot packages are compared in terms of sensor packages, observation approaches and controller strengths. Afterwards some open source autopilot systems are introduced. Conclusion is made with a summary of the current autopilot market and a remark on the future development.

Keywords: Autopilot systems, autonomous navigation, flight control, remotely piloted vehicle (RPV), unmanned aircraft system (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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