Title

Autopilots for Small Fixed-Wing Small Unmanned Air Vehicles: A Survey

Document Type

Conference Paper

Journal/Book Title/Conference

2007 International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation

Publisher

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Location

Harbin, China

Publication Date

8-2007

DOI

10.1109/ICMA.2007.4304064

Abstract

This paper presents a survey of the autopilot systems for small fixed-wing unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The UAV flight control basics are introduced first. The radio control system and autopilot control system are then explained from both hardware and software viewpoints. Several typical commercial off-the-shelf autopilot packages are compared in detail. In addition, some research autopilot systems are introduced. Finally, conclusions are made with a summary of the current autopilot market and a remark on the future development.This paper presents a survey of the autopilot systems for small fixed-wing unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The UAV flight control basics are introduced first. The radio control system and autopilot control system are then explained from both hardware and software viewpoints. Several typical commercial off-the-shelf autopilot packages are compared in detail. In addition, some research autopilot systems are introduced. Finally, conclusions are made with a summary of the current autopilot market and a remark on the future development.

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