Oliveira, T (Autor) (Outra); Aguiar, AP (Autor) (FEUP); Encarnacao, P

2016 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2016

ID Authenticus: P-00K-PZ9

DOI: 10.1109/icuas.2016.7502567

Abstract: This paper considers the problem of convoy protection missions using a fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in scenarios where the radius of the circular region of interest around the convoy is smaller than the UAV minimum turning radius. Using the Moving Path Following (MPF) method, we propose a guidance algorithmic strategy where a UAV moving at constant ground speed is required to converge to and follow a desired geometric moving path that is attached to the convoy center. Conditions under which the proposed strategy solves the convoy problem are derived. A performance metric that is proposed together with numerical simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.