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Design and Control of Drones

Authors
  • Mueller, Mark W.
  • Lee, Seung Jae
  • D'Andrea, Raffaello
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annual Review of Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems
Publisher
Annual Reviews
Publication Date
May 03, 2022
Volume
5
Pages
161–177
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-control-042920-012045
Source
Annual Reviews
Keywords
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Abstract

The design and control of drones remain areas of active research, and here we review recent progress in this field. In this article, we discuss the design objectives and related physical scaling laws, focusing on energy consumption, agility and speed, and survivability and robustness. We divide the control of such vehicles into low-level stabilization and higher-level planning such as motion planning, and we argue that a highly relevant problem is the integration of sensing with control and planning. Lastly, we describe some vehicle morphologies and the trade-offs that they represent. We specifically compare multicopters with winged designs and consider the effects of multivehicle teams.

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