Persistent UAV service: An improved scheduling formulation and prototypes of system components

Byung Duk Song, Jonghoe Kim, Jeongwoon Kim, Hyorin Park, James R. Morrison, David Hyunchul Shim

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Abstract

The flight duration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is limited by their battery or fuel capacity. As a consequence, the duration of missions that can be pursued by UAVs without supporting logistics is restricted. However, a system of UAVs that is supported by automated logistics structures, such as fuel service stations and orchestration algorithms, may pursue missions of conceivably indefinite duration. This may be accomplished by handing off the mission tasks to fully fueled replacement UAVs when the current fleet grows weary. The drained UAVs then seek replenishment from nearby logistics support facilities. To support the vision of a persistent fleet of UAVs pursuing missions across a field of operations, we develop an improved mixed integer linear programming (MILP) model that can serve to support the system's efforts to orchestrate the operations of numerous UAVs, missions and logistics facilities. Further, we look toward the future implementation of such a persistent fleet out-doors and develop prototype components required for such a system. In particular, we develop and demonstrate the concerted operation of a scheduling model, UAV onboard vision-based guidance system and replenishment stations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2013 - Conference Proceedings
Pages915-925
Number of pages11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2013 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: May 28 2013May 28 2013

Publication series

Name2013 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2013 - Conference Proceedings

Conference

Conference2013 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period05/28/1305/28/13

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