Autonomous mission completion system for disconnected delivery drones in urban area

Albert Y. Chung, Joon Yeop Lee, Hwangnam Kim

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Abstract

Drone delivery system has been a popular research topic and various systems have been tested. However, in the case of providing direct service to human like a drones delivery, it should be able to cope with problems that may arise in a urban area where abundance of obstacles that can affect the communication ability of the drones. The nature of drone delivery system requires the drone to lower it's altitude for it to accomplish the given task. Such characteristic greatly increases the possibility to losing connection with the drone controlling entity in urban areas. Moreover, the autonomous flight is also affected by the deteriorated GPS localization due to the multi-path effect of GPS signals in "urban canyons". This paper presents a drone delivery system designed to complete a given task even when the communication between the drone and the controlling entity is disconnected in urban area. Further, the proposed system is based on image processing and does not get affected by the erroneous GPS signals. The proposed system consist of three modules: optic flow contour module, approaching object detector module, and return to line of control module. Optic flow contour is used to detect safe landing zone, approaching object detector is used to detect obstacles, and return to line of control is used takeoff and ascent the drone after completing the given task. Implementation of the system has been adopted to actual drone. The functionalities of the system have been evaluated thoroughly via experiments and the results are presented throughout the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages56-61
Number of pages6
Volume2018-January
ISBN (Electronic)9781538637418
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 23
Event2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2017 - Macau, China
Duration: 2017 Dec 52017 Dec 8

Other

Other2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2017
CountryChina
CityMacau
Period17/12/517/12/8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Modelling and Simulation

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    Chung, A. Y., Lee, J. Y., & Kim, H. (2018). Autonomous mission completion system for disconnected delivery drones in urban area. In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2017 (Vol. 2018-January, pp. 56-61). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBIO.2017.8324394