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Aerial Tracking and GNSS-Reference Localization with a Robotic Total Station

Andert, Franz and Polzin, Hendrik and Dittrich, Jörg and Becker, Martin and Batzdorfer, Simon and Hecker, Peter (2012) Aerial Tracking and GNSS-Reference Localization with a Robotic Total Station. Infotech@Aerospace Conference, 19.-21. Jun. 2012, Garden Grove, CA, USA.

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Precise navigation for small unmanned aerial systems is of high interest for disaster scenarios and many other tasks. Advanced navigation technologies for future low-altitude applications in completely or partly unknown environments are carried out by DLR's Unmanned Aircraft Department in cooperation with the Institute of Flight Guidance from the Technical University Braunschweig. This paper describes the usage of a robotic total station as a reference localization system in order to benchmark current and developing satellite, inertial, and optical navigation techniques. Such devices perform laser-based distance measurements to the aircraft and track the moving vehicle. Since total stations are not mainly designed for aerial applications, the paper includes the description of some required extensions like faster automatic targeting and time synchronization. The paper concludes with the analysis of helicopter flight tests, where satellite-based localization results from different receivers are compared with the total station reference measurements.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Additional Information:Paper AIAA 2012-2496
Title:Aerial Tracking and GNSS-Reference Localization with a Robotic Total Station
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Andert, FranzFT-UL
Polzin, HendrikFT-UL
Dittrich, JörgFT-UL
Becker, MartinTU BS, IFF
Batzdorfer, SimonTU BS, IFF
Hecker, PeterTU BS, IFF
Date:20 June 2012
Refereed publication:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Unmanned Aircraft, Helicopter, Total Station, GPS, GNSS, Navigation, Tracking
Event Title:Infotech@Aerospace Conference
Event Location:Garden Grove, CA, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:19.-21. Jun. 2012
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Rotorcraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L RR - Rotorcraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - The Smart Rotorcraft
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > Unmanned Aircraft
Deposited By: Dr.-Ing. Franz Andert
Deposited On:02 Jul 2012 16:34
Last Modified:02 Jul 2012 16:34

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