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A variable virtual target framework for maneuvering formation guidance

Challa, V and Ratnoo, A (2018) A variable virtual target framework for maneuvering formation guidance. In: AIAA Information Systems-AIAA Infotech at Aerospace, 2018, 8–12 January 2018, Kissimmee, Florida.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2018-1629


This work considers the problem of UAV maneuvering formation generation guidance in the leader-follower configuration. The follower pursues a virtual target constructed around its desired position with respect to the leader. Constraining the position of the virtual target on an instantaneous circle around the follower’s desired position guarantees forma- tion generation and maintenance for all possible leader maneuvers. To pursue the virtual target, pure pursuit logic for follower’s heading along with a variable speed profile for the follower’s speed is used as the guidance logic. The work provides a new guidance frame- work for achieving and maintaining formations with varying leader maneuvers. Simulation studies demonstrate the effectiveness of the guidance law for various formation maneuvers.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: AIAA Information Systems-AIAA Infotech at Aerospace, 2018
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Vinay Reddy Challa; Ashwini Ratnoo.
Keywords: Information systems; Information use, Desired position; Formation guidances; Formation maneuver; Guidance laws; Leader-follower; Simulation studies; Variable speed; Virtual target, Aviation
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 04:57
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2022 04:57
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/76098

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