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Formations of Autonomous Vehicles Using Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Summary: Formations of Autonomous Vehicles Using Global
Positioning Systems (GPS)
Kourosh Rahnamai; Kevin Gorman; Andrew Gray; Payman Arabshahi
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91109
Abstract--In this work we present the design, development,
and testing of a hardware testbed for formation movement,
using a fleet of autonomous R/C (Remote Control) vehicles
equipped with Global Positioning Systems (GPS). The work
was formulated and executed as a student project with the
intent of being both a vehicle for education and
investigation into low-cost formation control. The low cost
testbed is to be used for validation of communication
protocols and control algorithms that with further
development may find application in distributed sensing
applications such as formation flying helicopters, blimps, or
other aerobots. Critical to many applications of such


Source: Arabshahi, Payman - Applied Physics Laboratory & Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle


Collections: Engineering