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On maneuverability of fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle formations

Challa, VR and Ratnoo, A (2021) On maneuverability of fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle formations. In: Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 44 (7). pp. 1327-1344.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.2514/1.G005409


The problem of determining feasible maneuver envelope in multi-unmanned aerial vehicle (multi-UAV) formations is considered. In the leader�follower framework, an analysis is carried out relating the three fundamental physical constraints of follower UAVs, namely, bank angle, stalling speed, and maximum speed, to the leader�s maneuver. The closed-form relationships are further analyzed in detail to determine the set of follower UAVs that characterize the envelope boundary and their dependency on the maneuver. The maneuver envelope for a general multiple UAV formation is expressed in the turn radius-speed space of the leader, and validation studies are considered for various formation sizes and geometries. As a first, the work presents a complete and analytic solution to the problem considering arbitrary formation configuration and accounting for all the fundamental fixed-wing UAV physical constraints. © 2021 by Vinay Reddy Challa and Ashwini Ratnoo. Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., with permission.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Publisher: AIAA International
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to AIAA International
Keywords: Antennas; Fixed wings; Maneuverability, Bank angles; Closed form; Leader-follower; Manoeuvrability; Maximum speed; Multiple UAVs; Physical constraints; Turn radius; Validation study; Vehicle formations, Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2021 11:41
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2021 11:41
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/70782

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