Omni-directional hovercraft design as a foundation for MAV education

Carrick Detweiler, Brent Griffin, Heath Roehr

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5 Scopus citations

Abstract

Quad-rotor Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) are used widely in research and increasingly in commercial applications as the cost of these platforms has dropped. The cost of entry, however, is still high in large part due to the time and effort involved in repairing vehicles after crashes while learning about the system design and dynamics. In this paper, we present an omni-directional hovercraft, which has dynamics similar to MAVs and can be used as an educational platform to teach students about the behavior and control of MAV-like platforms with minimal cost and effort. Teaching students about the capabilities and challenges associated with MAVs is critical for educating future engineers and scientists that will develop and use the next generation of MAVs. In addition, the hovercraft provides a safe platform for researchers to test control and coordination algorithms before trying them on higher-cost MAVs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2012
Pages786-792
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event25th IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems, IROS 2012 - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Duration: Oct 7 2012Oct 12 2012

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

Conference

Conference25th IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robotics and Intelligent Systems, IROS 2012
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityVilamoura, Algarve
Period10/7/1210/12/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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