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An Obstacle Avoidance Concept for Small Unmanned Rotorcraft in Urban Environments Using Stereo Vision

Dittrich, Jörg Steffen and Andert, Franz and Adolf, Florian-Michael (2008) An Obstacle Avoidance Concept for Small Unmanned Rotorcraft in Urban Environments Using Stereo Vision. AHS 64th Annual Forum and Technology Display, 2008-04-29 - 2008-05-01, Montreal (Kanada).

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Small Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles to be operated at low altitude in obstacle prone environments require an effective collision avoidance capability. An obstacle avoidance concept, consisting of a stereo camera sensor, real-time on-board image processing, and adaptive mission and trajectory planning is presented. When a mission is to be flown into an area with obstacles, the onboard mission planner first computes a flight trajectory that is based on a known obstacle data base. This is accomplished by using a Probabilistic Road Map (PRM) approach, which has been adopted for the use in helicopters. When flying the mission a stereo camera checks the flight path ahead by analyzing the depth images. An image processing algorithm reduces the complex high data rate images to a 3-dimensional obstacle map that is built by polygon shapes. This enables the system to constantly renew and update the existing world model by adding new obstacles as well as deleting obstacles from the data base if they have disappeared. Since the resulting world model has only a moderate complexity, close to real-time onboard mission planning and replanning using the aforementioned planning algorithms becomes possible. In case of an imminent collision with obstacles, the trajectory control mode is interrupted by a real-time collision avoidance behavior. A fully autonomous miniature helicopter has been used as a testbed to verify the the obstacle recognition part of the concept, while the planning and updating methods have been tested in simulation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/53968/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:An Obstacle Avoidance Concept for Small Unmanned Rotorcraft in Urban Environments Using Stereo Vision
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Date:29 April 2008
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:UAV, mission planning, rotorcraft, helicopter, obstacle avoidance, stereo vision
Event Title:AHS 64th Annual Forum and Technology Display
Event Location:Montreal (Kanada)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-04-29 - 2008-05-01
Organizer:American Helicopter Society
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Rotorcraft (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L RR - Rotorcraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - The Innovative Rotorcraft (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > System Automation
Deposited By: Dittrich, Jörg Steffen
Deposited On:22 Apr 2009
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:55

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