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A semi-autonomous robotic airship for environmental monitoring missions

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4 Author(s)
Elfes, A. ; Autom. Inst., Inf. Technol. Center, Campinas, Brazil ; Bueno, S.S. ; Bergerman, M. ; Ramos, J.G., Jr.

This paper discusses Project AURORA (autonomous unmanned remote monitoring robotic airship) which focuses on the development of the control, navigation, sensing, and inference technologies required for substantially autonomous robotic airships. Our target application areas include the use of robotic airships for environmental, biodiversity, and climate research and monitoring. Based on typical mission requirements, we present arguments that favour airships over airplanes and helicopters as the ideal platforms for such missions. We outline the overall system architecture of the AURORA robotic airship, discuss its main subsystems, and mention the research and development issues involved

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Robotics and Automation, 1998. Proceedings. 1998 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:4 )

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16-20 May 1998