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Low-Cost Visual Tracking of a Landing Place and Hovering Flight Control with a Microcontroller

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Low-Cost Visual Tracking of a Landing Place and Hovering Flight Control with a Microcontroller
The growth of civil and military use has recently promoted the development of unmanned miniature aerial vehicles dedicated to surveillance tasks. These flying vehicles are often capable of carrying only a few dozen gramms of payload. To achieve autonomy for this kind of aircraft novel sensors are required, which need to cope with strictly limited onboard processing power. One of the key aspects in autonomous behaviour is target tracking. Our visual tracking approach differs from other methods by not using expensive cameras but a Wii remote camera, i.e. commodity consumer hardware. The system works without stationary sensors and all processing is done with an onboard microcontroller. The only assumptions are a good roll and pitch attitude estimation, provided by an inertial measurement unit and a stationary pattern of four infrared spots on the target or the landing spot. This paper details experiments for hovering above a landing place, but tracking a slowly moving target is also possi...
Karl Engelbert Wenzel, Paul Rosset, Andreas Zell
Added 19 May 2011
Updated 19 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where JIRS
Authors Karl Engelbert Wenzel, Paul Rosset, Andreas Zell
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