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Autonomous charging of a quadrocopter by landing at a mobile platform

Anže Rezelj (2013) Autonomous charging of a quadrocopter by landing at a mobile platform. EngD thesis.

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    Autonomous off-road vehicles are equipped with powerful but very heavy batteries. To save weight, the autonomous aircraft are equipped with less powerful batteries with less weight. This problem is also found in quadrocopter AR.Drone from company Parrot. Quadrocopter is unlike as helicopter equipped with four rotors, which allows him greater stability in the air. Due to equipment with two cameras, built-in wireless and simple management enjoys great popularity in academic circles. In this thesis we touch issue with battery life. The problem we try to solve is to enable autonomous off-road vehicles and quadrocopter to work in mutual symbiosis. We developed a system that is capable of landing and automatic battery charging. During landing, we use computer vision, through which quadrocopter is controlled that can land at the site for battery recharge. For recharging we created a dedicated control circuit that controls and monitors charging. We also implemented a landing platform with special landing mechanism for easier landing. Finally we suggest further options for future improvements.

    Item Type: Thesis (EngD thesis)
    Keywords: autonomous landing, autonomous charging, Parrot AR.Drone, quadrocopter, mobile robotics, computer vision
    Number of Pages: 80
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Name and SurnameIDFunction
    doc. dr. Danijel Skočaj296Mentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50070&select=(ID=9689428)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Computer and Information Science
    Item ID: 1977
    Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2013 09:14
    Last Modified: 04 Mar 2013 08:23
    URI: http://eprints.fri.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1977

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