• Guowei Cai
  • Ben M. Chen
  • Tong Heng Lee
Part of the Advances in Industrial Control book series (AIC)


In this monograph, the authors aim to explore the research and development of fully functional miniature unmanned-aerial-vehicle (UAV) rotorcraft, which consist of a small-scale basic rotorcraft with all necessary accessories onboard and a ground station. The unmanned system is an integration of advanced technologies developed in the communications, computing, and control areas. It is an excellent test bed for testing and implementing modern control techniques. It is, however, a highly challenging process. The flight dynamics of small-scale rotorcraft such as a hobby helicopter is similar to its full-scale counterpart but owns some unique characteristics such as the utilization of a stabilizer bar, higher rotor stiffness, and yaw rate feedback control. Besides these, the strict limitation on payload also increases the difficulty in upgrading a small-scale rotorcraft to a UAV with full capacities. Based on its various characteristics and limitations, a lightweight but effective onboard avionic system with corresponding onboard/ground software should be carefully designed to realize the system identification and automatic flight requirements. These issues will be addressed in detail in this monograph. Research on utilizing the vision-based system for accomplishing ground target tracking and following, cooperative control, and flight formation of multiple unmanned rotorcraft is also highlighted.


Global Position System Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flight Control Unmanned Aerial System Defense Advance Research Project Agency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Temasek LaboratoriesNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Dept. Electrical & Computer EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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