An open-source hardware/software architecture for quadrotor UAVs

Riccardo Spica, Paolo Robuffo Giordano, Markus Ryll, Heinrich H. Bülthoff, Antonio Franchi

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In this paper, we illustrate an open-source ready-to-use hardware/software architecture for a quadrotor UAV. The presented platform is price effective, highly customizable, and easily exploitable by other researchers involved in high-level UAV control tasks and for educational purposes as well. The use of object-oriented programming and full support of Robot Operating System (ROS) and Matlab Simulink allows for an efficient customization, code reuse, functionality expansion and rapid prototyping of new algorithms. We provide an extensive illustration of the various UAV components and a thorough description of the main basic algorithms and calibration procedures. Finally, we present some experimental case studies aimed at showing the effectiveness of the proposed architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-205
Number of pages8
JournalIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2nd IFAC Workshop on Research, Education and Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems, RED-UAS 2013 - Compiegne, France
Duration: 2013 Nov 202013 Nov 22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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