String of Drones for Load Carrying

Shai Arogeti, Dolev Yehezkel

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Abstract

Carrying a load by a group of drones can be done in different configurations, which may also be changed during flight. There are many considerations when planning the applied configuration; most importantly, the number of drones should fit the weight of the load. Energy is a critical factor, because of its influence on the flight range. Previous configurations presented in literature include counteracting carrying forces, which deteriorate energy efficiency. To prevent this, we propose an innovative carrying configuration that is based on a string of drones. Each drone is connected to the drone below, by a cable, and the lowest drone is connected with the load. The paper deals with a point-load carried by a string of n drones. It shows the development of the group's equations of motion, and the design of a control law that allows the load to track a desired trajectory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1199-1206
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781538613535
DOIs
StatePublished - 31 Aug 2018
Event2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2018 - Dallas, United States
Duration: 12 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

Publication series

Name2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2018

Conference

Conference2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas
Period12/06/1815/06/18

Keywords

  • multiple drone control
  • quadcopter
  • string of drones
  • suspended load
  • trajectory tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Optimization

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