Skip to Main Content
In this paper an approach for control of autonomously flying robots with vertical take off and landing capabilities (VTOL) is presented. After reviewing that the motion description for different VTOL-robots is very similar, the general control scheme for VTOL-robots is presented. This scheme is based on linearisation and decoupling using inversion of the system model blocks. To compensate the model uncertainties and disturbances two additional parts are included into the controller: a reduced state observer based on a robot motion model as well as a disturbances observer and compensator for orientation control. The presented approach was applied to two different VTOL-robots: a helicopter and a quad-rotor. In real flight experiments it was verified that the presented general but simple controller provides sufficient performance for a wide range of practical applications.
Date of Conference: 10-14 April 2007