Demonstration and Use

The concepts, methodologies and algorithms developed will be supported by evaluations in:

  • Autonomous landing of both fixed and rotary-wing UAVs on a moving platform (Scenario 1). In the case of the rotary-wing UAV, two strategies are being tested: a free landing in which the unmanned helicopter will land on a moving platform by estimations of the relative position to the platform, and a second strategy which consists of utilising the tension in a rope linking the helicopter to the platform (Scenario 2). In the case of fixed-wing UAVs the unmanned plane will be landed on an autonomous car (Scenario 3).
  • Tracking of many high mobility vehicles: experiments involving several UAVs are being performed in FADA-CATEC indoor test facilities. This experiment will validate estimation, task allocation, trajectory planning and tracking methods developed in the project (Scenario 5).
  • Dynamic routing in large-scale warehousing with robustness to conflicts and deadlocks (Scenario 4) and improved performance: high speed in narrow spaces and accurate docking. The target application is in environments with high-variability and coexistence with pedestrian and manned vehicles.

In order to increase the industrial focus and facilitate the posterior uptake of technologies, 5 Scenarios have been developed:

SCENARIO 1 Rotary-wing UAV Landing on deck of ship

SCENARIO 2 Rotary-wing landing on a mobile platform using tether

SCENARIO 3 Landing of a fixed-wing UAV on top of a mobile ground UGV

SCENARIO 4 Autonomous distributed warehousing

SCENARIO 5 Tracking and Surveillance

5 Scenarios